Wednesday, October 23, 2013
QB Watch: Jaguars' Chad Henne
By Michael DiRocco
A weekly analysis of the Jaguars’ quarterback play.
Rewind: Chad Henne posted his second consecutive 300-yard passing game Sunday against the Chargers -- the third time in his career he has done so -- and played perhaps his best statistical game of the season. It could have been even better had he not had two potential touchdown passes dropped by Cecil Shorts. Henne threw one interception, but it came later in the fourth quarter when the Chargers were already ahead 24-6. However, the Jaguars still haven’t scored a touchdown in three home games.
Fast-forward: Blaine Gabbert has been nursing a left hamstring injury and wasn’t active for the Chargers game. It's likely he’ll be held out of Sunday's game against San Francisco. The Jaguars have a bye next week and that will have given Gabbert a month to recover. Though neither player has been able to lead the Jaguars to a victory, Henne clearly has been the better of the two this season (59.5 percent to 48.8 percent completions, 2 TD/5 INT to 1 TD/7 INT). He’s got a tough task on Sunday. The 49ers are sixth in the league in pass defense and have nine interceptions, fourth-most in the league.
Road games: Since he joined the Jaguars last sesaon, Henne has thrown four touchdown passes and eight interceptions at EverBank Field, and nine touchdowns and six interceptions on the road. Though Sunday’s game is at Wembley Stadium in London, it counts as a home game.
Prediction: Much like the past two weeks, Henne is likely to put up 250-plus yards because the 17-point underdog Jaguars will be trailing the 49ers. He should have his top four targets (receivers Mike Brown, Shorts and Justin Blackmon and tight end Marcedes Lewis) available for the second consecutive week.