Surprisingly, this will be the Jaguars third game on prime-time television this year, which is probably another reason the NFL should enforce flex scheduling. But the Falcons, on the other hand, have a lot to play for. They are currently two games behind the Saints for the NFC South lead, and are also looking to hold on to the Wild Card berth they are currently in place to clinch.
It will be a tough task for Jacksonville to pull off the upset tonight. Over the course of the 2011 season, they have placed 29 players on injured reserve. In tonight’s game, WR Mike Thomas, K Josh Scobee and WR Cecil Shorts are all doubtful.
And the Falcons have their share of injuries, too. DT Jonathan Babineaux, CB Brent Grimes and OT Will Svitek all are doubtful for tonight’s game. Each of the three players are big contributors to the team.
For the Jaguars, the big test will be defending against the Falcons' big-play threats. Between QB Matt Ryan, WR Roddy White, WR Julio Jones and RB Michael Turner, the Falcons can hit the home run on any play.
The Jaguars secondary—as the Chargers exploited on Monday Night Football last week—really struggles to defend against it. CB Ashton Youboty was targeted multiple times, and was beat over the top for two deep touchdown passes.
The game is to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, and will be aired on NFL Network. Keep it here for updates leading up to the big affair!