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Big Cat Country Q&A: Will the defense be able to carry the team all year long?

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Let’s answer some questions ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ matchup against the Tennessee Titans!

Dylan from Fort Lauderdale, FL

Q: Will the defense be able to carry the team all year long?

A: This is the big question. I think for the most part, yes, they can. But they won’t need to as much as the season progresses, I think. Leonard Fournette will get better and better and with a couple more wins, Blake Bortles will start to produce a bit more than 125 yards and a touchdown in a game. I think the offense will win a game or two this year, but the defense will definitely be the reason we win more.

Jessie from Atlanta, GA

Q: Do you guys think Shad Khan will bring back the teal jerseys or at least the teal throwbacks from the 90's era for a game?

A: *looks longingly into the sunset*

Dylan from Washington D.C.

Q: Now that Allen Robinson is out who do we see stepping up to the plate? Allen Hurns? Also, when can we expect to see Dede Westbrook back and healthy?

A: I actually think we’ll see Marqise Lee get more opportunities to replace Allen Robinson’s production than we do Allen Hurns. This is Lee’s big chance to earn a second contract from the team. If he can play outside effectively, the team will have no choice but to wrap him up. As far as Westbrook, he is eligible to return after Week 8.

Brian from Tallahassee, FL

Q: Can we expect the offensive line to perform close to that level against the Houston Texans for the rest of the season?

A: I honestly have no idea. The curveball the offensive line threw us in Week 1 with their masterful (yes, masterful) performance was the biggest surprise of the game. I honestly have no idea what to expect, but if they play anything close to what they did in the season opener this is a playoff team.

Brandon from Ocala, FL

Q: Last week you answered my question correctly (kudos to you) and we needed only one defensive touchdown to win against Houston. So I will ask again in hopes of keeping this win streak going. How many defensive touchdowns do we need to beat the Titans?

A: None and we’ll beat them by six.

Alex from Austin, TX

Q: After last week, all objectivity I had is gone. I'm in full fan mode and over reacting to Week 1 hard. So I'll ask you guys: How does this game look on paper for the Jaguars?

A: First, I’m right there with you. I truly believe that if the Jaguars win on Sunday they win the AFC South. Why? Because the only real competition for the crown is the Titans and if they fall to 0-2 early they’re not making the playoffs. As far as how the game looks on paper, I think it actually looks good. Blake Bortles has to produce a bit more and not rely on simply not screwing up but the defense and offensive line are playing lights out. Why not us?

Jeff from Corydon, IL

Q: To what can we attribute the huge defensive day the Jaguars had? Doug Marrone and Tom Coughlin and a new mentality? Calais Campbell coming from a winning culture? Texans ineptitude? Our killer corners?

A: I think the biggest thing was the Texans offensive line. Their ineptitude allowed the Jaguars defensive line to set the tempo and grab all the momentum early. Our secondary played as well as it ever has and with two subpar quarterbacks in Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson, that wasn’t going to end well. In short, I think it all came down to just how bad the Texans offensive line was.

Mike from Jacksonville, FL

Q: Do you think Cole can step up and pull the ball in more?

A: He’s too busy making this week’s preview video.