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Jaguars vs. Giants: Madden Prediction for Week 1

Zach Goodall

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You’ve been waiting on content like this since the day Locked On Jaguars went from being a dream to becoming reality.

Cole Hartley (you know, that video guy from BigCatCountry.com), has agreed to join me on a weekly segment, predicting the outcome of every 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars game… by playing a game of Madden NFL 19.

In order to interact with Jaguars fans during the prediction game, we are live streaming every matchup via Mixer. You can find all future streams at Mixer.com/nighthawk4190. Unfortunately, no recording was saved of the first Madden Prediction, but we are working on saving future streams (I’m not good at technology).

With that, let’s get to the summary of the game.

Jaguars vs. Giants: Week 1 Madden Prediction

This game was about as Jaguars-y as it could possibly have been. All defense, little offense, the only touchdown coming from running back Leonard Fournette.

The Jaguars made a bunch of key stops on defense. Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell both recorded sacks and Jalen Ramsey, Barry Church, and A.J. Bouye made notably pass break ups. Myles Jack came down and played the run better than he ever has, and the defense as a whole held Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley to -2 yards on eight carries.

Through three quarters of play, kickers Josh Lambo and Aldrick Rosas put the only points on the board, with the Giants leading the Jaguars by a score of 6-3. Blake Bortles threw three interceptions, one of which coming when the Jaguars were driving themselves into scoring position. He finished 11-21 for 159 yards on the day, with the three interceptions hurting the Jaguars offense.

Shortly after the fourth quarter began, Fournette rushed for a 16 yard touchdown. With 4:37 left in the game and a 9-6 lead, I was feeling confident the Jaguars defense could continue to limit the Giants to, at worst, a field goal and send the game to overtime. Oh, how wrong I was…

Cole began to drive the field slowly and take time off the clock, with backup RB Jonathan Stewart tallying three carries for 19 yards and some other chunk plays. With 19 seconds left to play, Manning completed a 17 yard touchdown pass to WR Sterling Shephard.

I put together an impressive drive with 19 seconds left on the clock, moving the ball from my own 25 to the Giants 29 yard line over the course of four plays. With four seconds remaining, Bortles targeted TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins up the seam, and while he contested the ball, two Giants defenders closed on the ball and broke up the pass.

Game over. Giants win 13-9 in a nailbiter.

Hopefully, this isn’t how the real game plays out on Sunday. But this was a lot of fun, and I look forward to continuing to predict Jaguars games with Cole on Madden for the rest of the season. Be sure to check it out next week!

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars on the Locked On Jaguars Podcast and on BigCatCountry.com. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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Jaguars vs. Patriots Week Two Inactives: Fournette Out, Campbell Starts

Demetrius Harvey

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Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Calais Campbell (93) reacts during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have released their inactive lists for the game today.  For the Jaguars star running back, Leonard Fournette is out today with a hamstring injury. However, Calais Campbell who was added late to the injury report with a knee injury is expected to start today.

There was speculation before the game that Campbell could be out. It is possible the Jaguars limit his snaps this week.

Jaguars running back TJ Yeldon will start ahead of Fournette. Corey Grant will also look to get in on the fun after only having one touch last week against the Giants.

JAGUARS INACTIVE REPORT

One surprise on the Jaguars inactive list is rookie linebacker, Leon Jacobs. Although he was injured this week with the ankle injury, he was thought to have been progressing. Look for linebacker Larentee McCray to take his place at SAM linebacker.

 

PATRIOTS INACTIVE REPORT

 

For the Patriots they are without their starting right tackle in Marcus Cannon. They also get back their starting running back in Rex Burkhead as well as their first-round pick, rookie running back Sony Michel.

 

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Jaguars Promote Running Back Brandon Wilds, Release WR Rashad Greene

Demetrius Harvey

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Aug 30, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back runs the ball Brandon Wilds (38) in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Jacksonville Jaguars today have promoted Running Back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. As a corresponding move, the Jaguars have released veteran Wide Receiver Rashad Greene Sr.

This move should not come as too much of a surprise as starting running back Leonard Fournette has been nursing an injured hamstring all week, and TJ Yeldon was added to the injury report yesterday with an ankle injury.

The move might indicate that either Fournette will not be playing in tomorrows matchup against the New England Patriots, or Wilds will simply be insurance in case the star running back goes down again. Either way, it is something to keep an eye on as the Jaguars announce their inactive report around 90 minutes prior to kickoff tomorrow.

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Jaguars vs. Patriots: Friday Injury Reports, Fournette Questionable

Demetrius Harvey

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Aug 9, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) takes a handoff from quarterback Blake Bortles (5) during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have officially released their Friday game status injury reports ahead of their week two matchup in Jacksonville, Florida. For the Jaguars coming into this game against the Patriots, all eyes have been on star running back Leonard Fournette as he nurses a hamstring injury. Today, the Jaguars officially listed him as questionable. Fournette has not been able to practice the entire week and will have to prove to the Jaguars training staff as well as the coaching staff he is good to go.

If Fournette is not cleared look for TJ Yeldon to take over as the Jaguars starting running back this weekend. It is also likely the Jaguars would elevate running back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad as they currently only have two running backs besides Fournette on the 53-man roster. Corey Grant would also more than likely receive his bulk of the carries in the event Fournette cannot go.

As for the rest of the Jaguars players, the only player who was a late addition to the Jaguars injury report was running back TJ Yeldon. He, however, will play this Sunday as that injury has seemingly been deemed minor.

Below are the Jaguars and Patriots official gameday statuses:

JAGUARS:

 

PATRIOTS:

QUESTIONABLE
RB Rex Burkhead – Concussion (Limited participant)
T Marcus Cannon – Calf (Limited participant)
DB Keion Crossen – Hamstring (Limited participant)
RB Sony Michel – Knee (Limited participant)

For the Patriots their most notable players on the injury report are running backs Burkhead and Michel along with tackle Marcus Cannon. Burkhead being out this week against the Jaguars for the Patriots is notable due to the lack of weapons at the running back position. If Burkhead and Michel cannot go the Patriots will likely lean on running back James White for the bulk of the carries. I would, however, anticipate at least one of the two running backs to be active this Sunday.

If Marcus Cannon is out this week, then the Patriots will turn to LaAdrian Waddle at the right tackle position. Waddle is a journeyman and more than likely would struggle against the Jaguars front four.

For the Jaguars as well as the Patriots both teams are relatively healthy. The areas to watch will continue to be the running back positions and how the Jaguars, as well as the Patriots, handle the situation. With Fournette as a true game-time decision, keep a close eye on the Jaguars inactive report 90 minutes before kickoff this Sunday.

 

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