The Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 2 action on Sunday. Both teams are coming off disappointing losses in Week 1, though the losses were vastly different. The Raiders kept things close against the Indianapolis Colts, but ultimately fell short in the end, while the Jaguars could only manage a safety on the Kansas City Chiefs.
These two teams faced off last season as well, in Week 7. The Jaguars were coming off a bye week and playing in Oakland, and were unable to secure the win. Oakland won that one, 26-23, in overtime thanks to a Sebastian Janikowski field goal. The Raiders trailed by 14 points at one point in that matchup.
Let's take a look at both teams below:
Meet the Raiders
Oakland has spent the past two offseasons purging bad contracts from the team. This means that some pretty good talent has had to leave to get the team back on track when it comes to the financials. One of the players the team parted was with was quarterback Carson Palmer, and after bringing in Matt Flynn this offseason ... the Raiders elected to roll with Terrelle Pryor as their starter.
Pryor didn't actually play a horrible game against the Colts. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 217 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, but one of his interceptions was the fault of a receiver. He kept the Raiders in the game, and provided 112 yards rushing as well. But Andrew Luck managed a 19-yard touchdown run with five minutes remaining to put the game away.
The Raiders will surely struggle this season, but they are favored against the Jaguars for a reason: they're actually more stable. And they're one of the most unstable teams in the league right now, so that's saying something.
Meet the Jaguars
The Jaguars have been searching for a franchise quarterback for some time now. They had Blaine Gabbert take on Chad Henne for the starting role in the offseason, hoping Henne would push Gabbert to perform better. It seems as though he did, at least in the preseason, so Gabbert was named the starter.
Unfortunately, Gabbert was ineffective on Sunday. He completed 16 of 35 passes for 121 yards and no touchdowns, but with two interceptions. He led an offense that only managed 107 total passing yards and just 71 rushing yards. They didn't score once, with the only points coming on a blocked punt that ended up being called a safety.
Now, Gabbert is on the bench, but not due to his play. He's got an injury, so Henne will get his chance to shine. It should be interesting, to say the least.
Local Takes: Raiders
Levi Damien of Silver and Black Pride says that Pryor gave the Raiders the best chance to win in Week 1:
This was a tough one. Pryor made a lot of mistakes in this game and he would be the first to tell you that. His deep passes continue to be inaccurate and float which resulted in just one completion and two interceptions. But when it came right down to it, it was his play that was the reason the Raiders were able to keep pace with the Colts in this game.
Local Takes: Jaguars
Why didn't Maurice Jones-Drew touch the ball more?
Jones-Drew had just 15 touches on the day, including just two touches on the Jaguars first three drives of the game.
On the day, Jones-Drew finished with just 15 carries for 45 yards and was targeted twice in the pass game with no receptions. He played only 46 of the offenses 74 possible snaps and seemed to come off the field on nearly every third down.
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Dennis Allen officially names QB Terrelle Pryor the Raiders starter moving forward http://t.co/ZhacT3F2K2— S&B Pride's Editors (@silverandblackp) September 9, 2013
All eight of the experts at CBS Sports, which includes Jason La Canfora and Pete Prisco, are picking the Raiders to win this one.
The Raiders opened as four-point favorites, and the line was all over the place as the week progressed. According to OddsShark, you could find them for as much as seven-point favorites at some books. The same goes for ESPNand their 13 experts.