Jaguars vs. Bears, Marquee Matchup: Jacksonville offensive line vs. Willie Young

The Jaguars (1-3) have come off the bye week chomping at the bit after scoring the team's first victory in Week 4. With a tally in the win column, the team will now look to add to its win total on the road against the Chicago Bears (1-4).

Jacksonville hasn't had a lot of luck along the team's offensive line and that will factor into their potential success against Chicago. The Bears feature an aggressive front seven and they can get past offensive lines with speed and power.

With the Jaguars offensive line in constant flux, the unit needs to be very aware of outside linebacker Willie Young. The veteran - who visited Jacksonville as a free agent a few years ago - is coming off a three-sack performance against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5. He also had a tackle for a loss against the run.

Young lined up across from Colts rookie right tackle Joe Haeg throughout the Bears' Week 5 loss to the Colts. During the game, Young lined up as a linebacker and also rushed with his hand on the ground. Both approaches worked well for Young as he was able to get around Haeg, using his athleticism to get to Andrew Luck.

Young isn't just an athlete. The 6-foot-4, 258-pound pass rusher can also stop the run. The Bears run a hybrid look, which takes advantage of Young's strengths, especially attacking in the passing game.

Jaguars right tackle Jermey Parnell is likely to face Young the most, but the pass rusher will likely move around and be used on stunts to create mismatches. Parnell allowed a sack to San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram in Week 2 but has otherwise played admirably.

The Jaguars have limited the hits on quarterback Blake Bortles to 19, which is among the best in the league. The issue has been that 12 of those hits have been costly sacks. Young and the Bears defensive front will likely use multiple looks to confuse the Jaguars offensive line and create mismatches. While the Bears haven't had a lot of success this season, getting to Bortles will causes significant issues for the inconsistent quarterback and his offense.

While there isn't a lot to like about the Bears at this moment, Young offers plenty of challenges for the Jaguars offensive line and if they can't protect Bortles, the Jacksonville offense may be in for a rough Sunday.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.


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