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Jaguars RB Chris Ivory will be key against the Packers

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a tough opening game for themselves to kick off the 2016 NFL season, hosting the Green Bay Packers at EverBank Field. The Jaguars are the biggest home underdog opening weekend, but that hasn't deterred fans from believing there's a chance on Sunday to slow down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.

The big key for Sunday is of course how much the Jaguars new look defense can slow down Rodgers, but something that has kind of flown under the radar this offseason is the addition of running back Chris Ivory. Ivory is going to be one of the key factors in Sunday's game. If Ivory, and by extension TJ Yeldon, can have a productive day on the ground, it will allow the Jaguars to control the pace of the game.

We all know about Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and the big play, quick strike ability of the Jaguars passing offense, but there was something missing last season that kept the young offense inconsistent. That was the lack of a running game both in the redzone and between the 20's. If the addition of Ivory helps as much as the Jaguars think, it could go a long way on Sunday in helping grind out the Packers.