After a bumpy start to the season, Gus Bradley and company look to set a trend moving upward. Their remaining schedule looks favorable for them. After the Broncos loss to the Chargers on Thursday night, it is hard for me to consider them legitimate contenders. Therefore, the only remaining teams that look to really stretch the Jaguars are the Chiefs, Raiders, and Vikings. The other tests come in division where anything can happen. Jaguars fans and coaches aren't the only ones who think things will begin to go up from here. ESPN's Monday Night Football play-by-play announcer Jon Gruden was quoted saying, "I know what he inherited, I know the job that he had to take on and it's going to take a little bit of time. I really believe their time is coming soon, like this week." This was reported by FCN's Mike Kaye.
The challenge ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars this week is the Chicago Bears. Playing in Soldier Field against the lack-luster Bears defense plagued with injuries, the Jags will turn to Blake Bortles to lead them to a W. Myles Jack and Jalen Ramsey have looked very promising for the future of this organization. But the defense has had trouble stopping teams all year. Bortles and the Jaguars need to take advantage of the inexperience of the Bear's secondary. With clear advantages at the wide receiver and running back positions, the Jaguars look poised to score 25+ points. The experts are split on this pick, but I give the slight edge to the Jags. I agree with Coach Gruden on this one. I picked the Jaguars to have their first winning season since 2007 when they posted an 11-5 record. My pick: Jaguars win 31-24. Hoyer and that offense doesn't do enough to stop Bortles and high octane offense. Thoughts?