When the Jaguars take on the Raiders on Sunday, a big focus of the Raiders defense will be running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Jacksonville Jaguars offense has struggled early in the season, outside of just one game, even in the running game with Maurice Jones-Drew. That doesn't mean other teams aren't still concerned with Jones-Drew and stopping him on defense.
"I think the biggest concern at the end of the day is trying to stop Maurice Jones-Drew. I think he’s an exceptional player," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen told reporters in a conference call. "He’s one of the most talented players in this league and he’s got the ability to take over a game at any point in time. I think that’s one thing that we’ve got to really focus in on."
The past two weeks Jones-Drew has struggled to eclipse 60+ yards, but it's also been in the face of two blowout losses. The Raiders defense ranks right around the middle of the pack against the run, giving up 111.8 yards per game on the ground, so the Jaguars will likely try to run the ball right into what the Raiders will be game planning to start.