Jaguars know how to win at Mile High
DENVER -- The Mile High City is a notoriously tough place to play, but the Jaguars don't have to look far for evidence of their ability to succeed here.
Last year in Week 3, Jacksonville came to Denver and left with a 23-14 win.
They did well to set a tone with a franchise-record game opening drive: 18 plays in 11:44 covering 80 yards.
"We were able to convert on third down," running back Fred Taylor said when asked about that game. "We minimized the turnovers and that allowed us to hold on to the ball a little bit. We did not shorten the field for them, field position helped us out I think. We want to try and do some of those same things."
The elevation can prove a problem in a loud and raucous stadium, especially for first-timers.
"It is tough," Taylor said. "The air is thin so it is hard to breathe, extremely hard to breathe. But you try to hydrate prior to getting there and that helps you a little bit. It is tough overall. The Broncos have a nice history behind their organization. The fans are loud, crazy and they are screaming all day. It will be a great atmosphere to play football."
I don't expect any of the Jaguars were as foolish as I was last time I covered a game here -- when I went with a buddy to Pikes Peak shortly after landing and wound up wobbly the rest of my stay. (Probably couldn't have happened today, since it's snowing up there.)
I'll stick to downtown this evening and tonight.
Then the plan is to catch Baltimore-Indianapolis in the INVESCO Field at Mile High press box before blogging from Jaguars-Broncos. I'm looking forward to talking with you then.