The Jaguars will face the Broncos without the services of starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said at his Monday press conference that the team expects Gabbert to need at least one week off after suffering a hamstring injury against the Rams. Beyond that, Gabbert is “week to week,” Bradley said.
That means Chad Henne will get the privilege of being the starting quarterback for the biggest underdog in NFL history. Denver is a 28-point favorite in Sunday’s game.
So far this season, Henne has been a clearly superior quarterback to Gabbert: Henne has completed 55.8 percent of his passes, averaged 6.3 yards a pass and thrown two touchdowns and one interception. Gabbert has completed 48.8 percent of his passes, averaged 5.6 yards a pass and thrown one touchdown pass and seven interceptions.
In fact, Henne starting ahead of Gabbert may move the line a bit in Jacksonville’s favor. Perhaps by kickoffs, the Jaguars will only be 26-point underdogs.