posted by DatRoroKid
To give you an idea of how important this game is this week and how much the season is on the line, I just received a phone call from suddenly nervous and pacing commenter theotherdan. He just kept reiterating how ‘very nervous’ this game has him to the point that his hands are shaking and he’s all by himself in a room just thinking about this game. To call this game huge would be a disservice to how Lexington Steele cock-sized those 60 minutes are going to be. Just looking around in my research I was getting excited. These are two good teams going at each other and fighting for the same thing: an elusive playoff spot that teams like the Steelers will not be earning this year. It’s going to be a rock ‘em, sock ‘em affair. Jax will come at us with their pounding running game and The Dude fantasy friend Mike Sims-Walker over the top; we’ll come at them with Ricky and timely short routes from an evolving Robot. There is a chance to dominate this game but Jacksonville can do what’s it done all year: sneakily hang around just under the radar until the clock expires and you wonder how the hell you lost that game. We beat Buffalo two weeks ago like we should have and all this is moot for the time being. We need to come out guns blazing against these guys.
- No surprise that this team begins and ends with Maurice Jones-Drew. If we can limit him the way we’ve done all year with other explosive backs like Darren Sproles and Michael Turner, we can shutdown the basis of their entire offense and deal with an erratic Garrard. Every good game he’s hadthis year, he’s followed up with a no-show or bad game. It’s crucial for us to keep that season-long habit going.
- Take advantage of Jacksonville’s shitty line play on both sides of the ball. One sack combined all year from Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves shouldn’t instill too much fear on a line where we have a lot of confidence in plugging a number of guys in to keep them fresh. While on the other side of the ball, Garrard has been sacked 32 times. There’s a chance for us to really exploit this team if we can get ahead early. If we can force them to pass on most downs, then we can look for a much-needed 7 sack performance from our defense. Cameron Wake needs to be in during obvious passing downs. There’s no excuse anymore. Unleash the beast!
- No letoff for our rookie corners. After facing a Murderer’s Row of Pro Bowl receivers recently, they get a bit of a break this week with aging Torry Holt and 2009 bed-hopping, flight-missing sensation MSW. This shouldn’t mean shit to them and I expect VD to be his usual physical self and for Sean Smith to snag that first INT of the season. It’s time.
- Nice game by our receivers last week. Great routes, good separation, good concentration and they made all the necessary catches with great awareness for YAC. We cannot have a letdown in this category. We need the receivers to continue to make plays if we want to advance into the postseason.
- Continue our December dominance under TITS. Unlike the Wannstedt era, we have thrived during December. We have a weather-advantageous schedule this year that we must FINISH THE SHIT OFF in.
- Jags have won 5 straight at home. We must get ahead early. Trying that opening drive bomb to Ted Ginn again might not be such a bad idea.
- The special teams have been quietly consistent and this worries me some. Just keep plugging away boys.
- Spell Ricky with more Lex. Let that child abused sonuvabitch have his way with the Jax defenders as the game wears on. We need to save Ricky as much as possible.
- This team has pretty good 3rd down defense. We must keep 3rd downs as manageable as we’ve done all year and I think that will be extremely key (of all the Keys) in a grind-’em-out kinda game like this one.
- No ‘fuck you’ game by converted TE, useless sack of shit Ernest Wilford. NO. NONONONONONONONONONO!!!
Prediction: Dolphins 31 – Jags 17. Henne shows greater maturation, actually completes a screen pass.