Not only will the Oakland Raiders be playing a team that scored zero points on offense, but they will also be facing off against their backup quarterback.
As the Raiders prepare to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming Sunday, they are heavily favored and will face a depleted Jaguar team that mustered only two points (via a safety) against the Chiefs in Week 1.
And to add injury to insult, the Jaguars announced that starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been ruled out against the Raiders after sustaining a laceration on his throwing hand.
Instead, the Jaguars will start Chad Henne, who has spent six seasons in the NFL with the Dolphins and Jaguars. Last season, Henne played in 10 games and threw for over 2,000 yards, completing 53.9 percent of his passes.
Despite the fact that their defense will be preparing for a different quarterback, head coach Dennis Allen says it won’t make much of a difference.
“We’ll take a look at their offense and what they’re trying to do systematically,” Allen told CSN Bay Area. “But I don’t think it’s going to change the way we go about playing the game.”
So if there’s ever a game that the Raiders absolutely should win this season, it’s this one. If they play like they did in Indianapolis two days ago, then beating the Jaguars should not be a problem.