This matchup is a tale of two franchises in search of an offense. First you have Atlanta. They have Joey Harrington at QB, which is not good. In order for the Falcons to have any chance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, they will probably have to run the tandem of running backs Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood early and often. Dunn has had previous success against the Jags; he rushed for 107 yards only 16 carries as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer in a 29-24 win against the Jags back in 1998.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, may be best served utilizing their own 2-headed monster this weekend (RB’s Maurice Drew-Jones and Fred Taylor) despite their combined efforts against the Tennessee Titans last week. Don’t expect monster stats from either Harrington or the Jags’ starting QB David Garrard; the run game and defense will dictate who wins this matchup. The Jags’ defense being a bit stronger despite injuries to defensive tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson and defensive ends Paul Spicer and Reggie Hayward should prove to be the difference in a close Jaguars victory.