Two embattled quarterbacks face off in an inter conference match at Jerry’s house. Dak Prescott will try to break his offense out of a season-long funk against Blake Bortles’ Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL’s Game of the Week.
Bortles flopped in his turn to go against what was the most generous defense in the league entering Week 5. Four interceptions, including one that he bounced of the helmet of his own lineman, and a lost fumble have fans murmuring about his recent contract extension again.
But it’s not like Bortles has been playing poorly all year. He’s had some good games, highlighted by the job he did against the Patriots in Week 2. He’s also led a field goal attack against the Titans, followed by a 31-12 rout of the Jets, and then last week’s dud in Kansas City.
Meanwhile, Prescott continues to search for the mojo he showed in his Rookie of the Year season in 2016. Fans and sportswriters blamed wide receivers for the team’s offensive woes, which resulted in a couple of wide out statements claiming they are open and still waiting to be included in the game plan.
That brings us to eternally “on the hot seat” head coach Jason Garrett. A controversial punt call in last week’s overtime loss to the Texans was questioned by none other than Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. That is not making things any easier on a Cowboys team with an improved defense and a star playmaker at running back who might miss the playoffs again in 2018.
Injuries and roster moves:
Jacksonville lists 13 players on their injury report. Running back Leonard Fournette, tackle Josh Wells, and corner DJ Hayden are already ruled out for Sunday. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and rusher Corey Grant were placed on injured reserve Monday.
Another offensive tackle, Jeremy Parnell, center Brandon Linder, and guard Andrew Norwell are questionable. Norwell sported a walking boot Wednesday, but the team expects him to be available Sunday. A banged-up offensive line won’t help Bortles continue his bad week-good week pattern.
Calais Campbell is among five defensive players listed as questionable as of Wednesday.
Dallas has seven defensive players on their injury report. Sean Lee’s hamstring could keep him out of another game. Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) did not practice and linebacker Joe Thomas is in a walking boot.
Offensive tackle Tyron Smith is listed as questionable but expected to be available.
Jason Garrett is used to hearing rumors of his pending dismissal as much as he is of hearing votes of confidence from Jones. But the Cowboys owner appears more cantankerous than usual and believes the team is under-performing so far.
Garrett will undoubtedly make it through the season. He just might be in line for more “advice” from the boss.
Doug Marrone continues to enjoy the confidence and support of his boss, Executive VP of Operations, Tom Coughlin. Bortles contract is not Marrone’s fault, even if he did have a fair say in the matter.
We’ll see what happens if the Jaguars’ dud in Kansas City proves to be a fluke or the first signal of problems in North Florida. So far, there is no sign that fan or team support for Marrone is flagging.
How to watch the Cowboys-Jaguars game
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Who will win the Cowboys-Jaguars game?
Both teams are hurting after tough losses in Week 5. Dallas battled Houston into overtime but managed only 16 points. That was two more than Jacksonville managed in Kansas City.
Defense could dominate this game, with Jacksonville looking to get back on track and Dallas keeping Bortles off-kilter. That could make this “Game of the Week” a tough one to watch.
Final score: Jaguars 16, Cowboys 14