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When the Bron­cos run

Den­ver’s yards per carry av­er­age in the four games since C.J. An­der­son was placed on in­jured re­serve? 2.3 vs. San Diego, 2.8 at Oak­land, 2.8 at New Or­leans, 3.3 vs. Kansas City. Devon­tae Booker and Kapri Bibbs have hit holes oc­ca­sion­ally, but are get­ting en­gulfed at the line of scrim­mage more of­ten than not. Edge: Jaguars

When the Jaguars run

A Jack­sonville run­ning back hasn’t reached 45 rush­ing yards over the last four games. Jack­sonville was hope­ful run­ning backs Chris Ivory and T.J. Yel­don would take the pres­sure off Blake Bor­tles hav­ing to throw so of­ten, but that hasn’t hap­pened this sea­son. Bor­tles is a run­ning threat. Ivory is out. The Bron­cos have strug­gled to stop the run all sea­son, rank­ing 27th in the NFL, but they al­lowed only 83 rush­ing yards last week against Kansas City. Edge: Bron­cos

When the Bron­cos pass

Den­ver had its best pass­ing game of the sea­son against Kansas City with Trevor Siemian throw­ing for a sea­son-high 368 yards, three touch­downs and no in­ter­cep­tions. But now rookie Pax­ton Lynch will get his sec­ond start and Den­ver’s of­fense will likely sim­plify to quick reads. The Jaguars’ third-ranked pass de­fense is the strength of their team, pri­mar­ily be­cause of their pass rush and rookie corner­back Jalen Ram­sey, who has been out­stand­ing. Edge: Jaguars

When the Jaguars pass

Bor­tles has re­gressed in year three af­ter a promis­ing sec­ond sea­son. The tal­ent on of­fense is there, par­tic­u­larly at re­ceiver, to chal­lenge op­po­nents down the field more. The Bron­cos have al­lowed the NFL’s fewest pass­ing yards and have the most sacks. This is the most slanted matchup of the game. Edge: Bron­cos

Spe­cial teams

The Bron­cos typ­i­cally are strong in this area, but they had their worst game of the sea­son against Kansas City. Two muffed punts, a free kick re­turn for a touch­down and a missed long field goal were the Bron­cos’ down­fall. It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see if Jor­dan Nor­wood re­mains the punt re­turner af­ter his gaffes against KC. Nei­ther team has an ul­tra-dy­namic re­turner. Jack­sonville has a con­sis­tent punter and kicker. Edge: Jaguars

Jack­sonville quar­ter­back Blake Bor­tles is a run­ning threat, but hasn’t lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions pass­ing.

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