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Key Fantasy Matchups for Sunday’s Jaguars-Broncos Matchup


Jaguars RB Fred Taylor vs. Broncos run defense

Taylor and the Jaguars’ running game were shut down last week. He likes running in cool weather, though – 23 of his last 24 games of more than 100 yards have come on Oct. 1 or later. The early forecast in Denver calls for possible snow flurries. Last season Taylor averaged five yards per carry in 17 tries against the Broncos. That was Taylor’s best game ever against Denver, though; in five games against the Broncos, he has averaged just 50.5 yards, his lowest average against any NFL team that he has faced at least five times. Denver has struggled to stop the run (25th, 134.0 yards per game). The Broncos’ mark of 5.2 yards allowed per carry is the NFL’s worst.

Broncos QB Jay Cutler vs. Jaguars secondary

Jacksonville’s secondary has some injury issues, especially with free safety Reggie Nelson (knee) and two cornerbacks on the injury report. The Broncos should be encouraged to spread the field and pass often after seeing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s a big day against the Jaguars last week. Cutler could be in line for another huge statistical game.

Broncos RB Michael Pittman vs. Jaguars run defense

The Jaguars are traditionally tough and physical against the run. An injury to running back Selvin Young (groin) means that Pittman should get an expanded role. Pittman brings a physical running style to the offense. The Broncos might need him to grind out some tough yards against the Jaguars defense to keep the chains moving in what should be a tight battle.

Broncos WR Brandon Marshall vs. Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis

Marshall is off to a fast start, with 34 receptions (most by an NFL wide receiver) for 423 yards and three touchdowns, despite missing the team’s season opener. The 105.8 yards-per-game average is second in the league. In last year’s meeting with the Jags, Marshall caught seven passes for 133 yards. Most of the time he will likely be covered by Mathis, who’s also off to a fast start. He has returned an interception for a touchdown in two of his last three games, with the picks coming against the Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning and Roethlisberger. Mathis now has a franchise-record 23 interceptions in his five-plus seasons with the Jaguars.

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