Jaguars vs. Raiders: 10 Keys to the Game for Jacksonville

A matchup between two 1-4 teams will not be highly-anticipated, but it may be highly-intriguing.

That will be the case when the 1-4 Jacksonville Jaguars go up against the 1-4 Oakland Raiders at 4:25 p.m. ET at the Coliseum in Oakland.

The Jaguars are coming off a much-needed bye week during Week 6. The last time that Jags took the field they were handled by the Chicago Bears, 41-3, in an embarrassing home defeat.

If Jacksonville wants to make anything out of this season, they will have to pick up a victory over the Raiders coming off a bye week. 

Here are 10 keys for that plan to come into fruition. 


1. Forget about the first five games

The first five games for the Jaguars were ones that they would definitely like to forget, but that is easier said than done, especially for a team that is not used to winning recently. 

Being 1-4 is definitely an unenviable position to be in and making the postseason is highly unlikely with that kind of hole. But it is not impossible.

Although the Jags may have been written off by most football fans for postseason play, and rightfully so, the reality of the situation is that they're indeed still mathematically alive for a playoff spot. 

That's the mentality head coach Mike Mularkey has to preach to the Jaguars heading into this week against Oakland. 

They have to almost go into this game as if it is the start of a brand new season. The team has had two full weeks to digest the humiliation of losing to the Bears and store it out of the memory bank. Now it is time to move on and keep a positive mind set for the rest of the season.


2. Get Blaine Gabbert into a rhythm early

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew is the best offensive weapon for the Jaguars. That cannot be disputed.

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