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Jaguars Fall to 2-9

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Another tough season for dedicated Jacksonville Jaguars fans. It is evident in their last five seasons (16-59) that it is tough, but this one hurts more than the others. THIS was the season that the Jacksonville Jaguars were predicted to take the next step in becoming a playoff contending team. Returning all of the talent from a season ago, adding depth to each side of the football through free-agency, and receiving the highest grade in the draft turned some heads of big names in the football world. I was one of them (however, I am not a big name...yet). 

Gus Bradley seemingly had a different game plan today. The Jacksonville Jaguars average 19.5 rushes for 87.6 yards per game. That is the trend so far this season. However, today the Jaguars ran the football 37 times for 183 yards. This was a surprise to everyone. One of the reasons offensive coordinator Greg Olsen was replaced by quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett was the lack of rushing attempts. The team has ran the football more the last several weeks under Hackett. 

Despite the commitment to the run game, the Jaguars still fell short against the Buffalo Bills; losing 28-2. Jacksonville's biggest weakness was giving up plays over 15+ yards today. The Buffalo Bills had four of them; two resulted in touchdowns. It is also how you out-gain a team in net rushing years (183-153) and win the time-of-possession battle (33:35; 26:25) and still lose the game. This game can be summed up in one phrase, "A tough pill to swallow". 

The Denver Broncos come to Jacksonville next Sunday for the week 13 matchup.

Jaguars Front Office Believes in Bortles

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Despite leading the league in interceptions (tied with Ryan Fitzpatrick) and in the bottom five for "yards per attempt", the Jacksonville Jaguars still have faith in Blake Bortles. He showed a significant increase "statistically speaking" last season. However, this season has been a different story. Seeing his play this season makes me think last season was an outlier. However, the front office of the Jacksonville Jaguars still believe he is their franchise quarterback "despite his struggles this season". They believe "he will continue to improve and return to better form". What makes them think this?  

When looking at his numbers for last season, one shouldn't fall for the smoke n' mirror allusion that numbers provide . The Jaguars had "outstanding" passing numbers last season because they were trailing A LOT. Therefore, passing numbers increase - opposing defenses play "zone" or "prevent" defenses. Numbers begin to inflate. My thought is by establishing a run game and freeze the linebackers and safeties, you would allow more throwing "holes" in the defense. Improving the offensive line and running game may be their first priority once the offseason comes along. They have a formidable defense that needs time to develop (they are extremely young). 

To say Blake Bortles is "your guy" means to have complete faith in him. I'd say that too if I spent a third overall pick on him; But don't lie to yourself. You are only hurting the franchise if you do. I wrote an early article showing support for Bortles. However, I need him to give me a reason to. If he continues to struggle as much as he has, how much more can I defend him?

Jaguars vs. Lions Preview

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will travel 1,013 miles to take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Both teams are extreme surprises this season: Jacksonville being a disappointment and Detroit playing much better than predicted by nearly every expert. A tale of two different seasons. One team has a potential MVP candidate at quarterback in Matthew Stafford and the other has undeveloped, underperforming Blake Bortles. Detroit is atop their division while Jacksonville is at the bottom. Amidst all this, I think it is going to be a much closer game than people anticipate.

Both offenses are nearly identical in every offensive (per game) category. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a slight edge in the offensive statistics averaging 343.3 yards per game over Detroit's 337.8. But that's not all that's extremely similar. Jacksonville is averaging 255.2 passing yards per game while Detroit is averaging 251. Also, Jacksonville has an average of 88.1 rushing yards per game while scoring nearly 20 points per game. Meanwhile, Detroit is averaging 86.8 rushing yards per game and scoring 23 points per game. Detroit is a 6.5 point favorite being at home per Sportsline.com. I am curious to see each team's offensive numbers after the game. I do not agree with the 6.5 spread, but that maybe why I don't bet nor work in Vegas. I guess we will have to wait until Sunday to see. 

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