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Cowboys Must Contain QB Blake Bortles On The Ground

Sunday's game between the and is correctly being billed as a low-scoring defensive struggle. Neither has much talent, nor have they had much production thus far in 2018.

While each of the starting quarterbacks in this game have had their fair share of issues throwing the ball, they both present a threat with their legs as runners. And, despite college playing styles, it's actually Jaguars Blake Bortles who is the most effective and dangerous running quarterback in this game.

So far on this season Bortles has rushed 22 times for 166 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 41 yards. That's 7.5 yards per carry, a number unheard of by most quarterbacks in the of the league.

If the Cowboys are going to win on Sunday, they'll need to contain Bortles within the pocket for four quarters.

So how do they do it?

Well, as usual, it all starts upfront. The Jaguars is incredibly banged up, with starting Cam Robinson out for the year and his backup showing up on the as well. The Cowboys has to be able to create pressure with four, and get to Bortles before he can either run or hit one of the mesh routes over the middle.

can't do it by himself, however, and the Cowboys need one of their right defensive ends to step up on Sunday. Whether it's , , or , someone needs to start making plays and take some pressure off of Lawrence.

Then, of course, the Cowboys need to execute at the second level with their linebackers. Both and have been impressive this season, and they'll need to be on their A-game once again this week.

Jaylon Smith showed his sideline to sideline burst a week ago when chasing down , and if he can contain Watson, he should be able to keep Blake Bortles in check. Vander Esch is also a highly athletic , who will need to stay disciplined in his drops as the Jaguars try to create separation with crossing routes.

Blake Bortles is the most high variance quarterback in the NFL. One week he looks legit, like a quarterback who could win a with his . The next week he looks like the worst starting quarterback on the planet, throwing the ball into the backs of his offensive linemen's heads.

If they're going to win the Cowboys need to bring “Bad Bortles” out on Sunday, and it all starts with creating pressure and making him uncomfortable in the pocket.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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