On Thursday night, the Jacksonville Jaguars will travel to New Orleans for an inter-conference matchup against the Saints to kick-off Week 7 in the NFL. Jacksonville enters this matchup riding a three-game winning streak after beating the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday. At the same time, New Orleans sits 3-3 after losing against the Houston Texans last Sunday afternoon.
The New Orleans Saints have had difficulty this season establishing themselves. After opening without star running back Alvin Kamara due to suspension and having quarterback Derek Carr suffer a shoulder injury in a preseason game, their offense struggled mightily as Kamara returned. Once Carr returned from injury, though, Kamara helped lead them past the New England Patriots’ 34-0 victory; unfortunately, however, Sunday saw another blow-up as Kamara was tackled near goalline on the final drive which resulted in a 20-13 defeat, by the Houston Texans.
On Sunday, the Saints offense could not complete drives but still managed to advance the ball forward. With 24 first downs and 430 yards total offense, including 341 through the air, they were led by quarterback Derek Carr’s 342 passing yards (one touchdown and an interception in addition to two turnovers from Kamara) and wide receiver Chris Olave’s seven receptions of 96 yards (6 of 15 on third down conversions and 0 of 2 on fourth down conversions respectively.). New Orleans ended their campaign 6-of-15 on third down conversions while going 0-2 when faced with fourth down conversion opportunities.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will embark on their inaugural US road trip since week one this Thursday when they travel to New Orleans. Since traveling to Indianapolis for Week 1, the Jags have played three home games and two in London (their other home away from home). At home on Sunday against their division rivals Indianapolis Colts, they secured a 37-20 win that improved them to 4-2.
The Jaguars offense was led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne Jr. Lawrence completed 20-30 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns, along with an interception; Etienne ran 55 yards in the game and scored two rushing touchdowns; overall Jacksonville amassed just 233 total yards while only managing 4-for-14 third-down conversions; Jacksonville narrowly avoided major disaster when Lawrence was sacked and appeared to sustain what appeared to be left knee damage with three minutes to go.
The Intagibles all favor the Saints on a short week. Trevor Lawrence tweaked his knee on Sunday, two of his offensive linemen are questionable and the Jags spent two straight weeks in London before last Sunday’s home win against Indianapolis.
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