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Redskins.com looks at two key matchups to keep an eye on during Sunday's Redskins-Jaguars game at EverBank Field.

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-- OFFENSE

Rex Grossman vs. Jaguars Pass Defense

Named the Redskins' starting quarterback a week ago, Rex Grossman played well last Sunday vs. Dallas.

After a shaky start, Grossman and the Redskins' offense got in rhythm in the second half and scored touchdowns on three consecutive drives.

Grossman completed 25-of-43 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions and fumbled once. He was sacked five times.

Grossman lacks great mobility, so he relies on his understanding of the offense and pass protection to give him time in the pocket. He must make smart throws to avoid costly turnovers.

The Jaguars enter the game with the league's 27th-ranked pass defense, allowing an average of 255.6 yards per game. They have posted 25 sacks, which is ranked 27th in the league.

The leader of the secondary is cornerback Rashean Mathis, a 7-year veteran. He has just one interception this season, but he leads the Jaguars franchise with 28 in his career.

Opposite Mathis is second-year player Derek Cox, who has three interceptions this year after posting four last year.

-- DEFENSE

Redskins Run Defense vs. Maurice Jones-Drew

The Redskins have struggled tremendously against the run in the second half of the season.

Since the bye week, the defense is allowing 163.6 rushing yards per game. Poor tackling has been a problem in recent weeks.

The defense has dropped to 27th in the league against the run as a result.

The Jaguars come into Sunday's game with the NFL's third-best rushing offense, averaging 151.4 yards per contest.

Maurice Jones-Drew, all 5-7 and 208 pounds of him, is second in the league with 1,324 rushing yards. He is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and has five rushing touchdowns.

Jones-Drew is slowed by a knee injury and his status is questionable. If he can't play, then second-year speed back Rashad Jennings would likely start in his place.

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