Oct 28, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey reacts after a play during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

What To Expect From The Rest of The Season


Gabbert posted over 300 yards passing. Cecil Shorts had over 100 yards receiving. Andre Branch made a huge play. The defense overall resembled that of last year’s.

Blaine Gabbert and company are still fighting to make plays every time they take the field. Source: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

All of this happened against the powerhouse Green Bay Packers. Coming into this game in particular, I was convinced it was going to be quite the embarrassing endeavor. I was happily mistaken in assuming so.

I recently read an article here on B&T talking about how this team has not quit. No. They haven’t. Even though the Jaguars are 1-6, one has to wonder…what does the rest of the season hold?

Now I’m not going to be the lunatic who preaches playoffs for this team. What about an 8-8 season though? Could it happen? I’m going to go out on a limb and say…yes it could.

If the Jaguars play like they did last Sunday, I believe it could. If they build on what they did last Sunday and actually begin to put up points I would have to assume 8-8 is within reason.

We have four more division games left on the schedule. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility to believe the Jaguars could sweep the Colts and the Titans. When it comes to division games…all bets are off…so could they possibly split the series with Houston? It’d be a major upset, but it’s not completely out of the question is it?

The Washington Redskins swept the New York Giants last year. That’s just how division games go.

We play three more teams from the AFC East; Patriots, Dolphins, and Jets. I really don’t see the Jaguars beating the Patriots unless the Patriots have already locked things up and don’t have anything to play for. The Dolphins and the Jets is a push IF and only IF the Jaguars play like they did against the Packers.

Next up are the Detroit Lions who are a shadow of their former selves, but they could very well beat the Jaguars. As a matter of fact it seems as if anyone can beat the Jaguars.

Of course all of this is only speculation. Chances are the offense sputters, the defense keeps letting receivers and backs run wild, and the Jaguars end up with yet another high draft pick.

8-8 is only possible if and only if the Jaguars play the best ball they can play. Of course injuries are a factor as well. Everyone saw how this team looked with Chad Henne under center.

8-8 would as miraculous as winning the Super Bowl for the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars. Is it possible? Probably not, but it’s nice to think about isn’t it?

-David R. Johns

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  • http://www.facebook.com/keenan.jones.1806 Keenan Jones

    You’re always so negative about things. I don’t like to personally call someone out on their view of things, but it’s been your MO since you’ve started writing here. I read your first few articles and I’ve ready your last couple and it always has this negative spin to it. I guess this is me being nit picky, as I prefer even keeled approaches, but negative approaches I find off putting. I mean seriously, if we play the Dolphins and the Jets how we played the Packers, we’d absolutely destroy both of those teams. Neither is in the same class as the Packers, yet we’d have to play as well or better to beat them? The logic makes no sense what so ever in my mind. Your view is summed up shortly when you say, “Chances are the offense sputters, the defense keeps letting receivers and backs run wild, and the Jaguars end up with yet another high draft pick.” What a negative perspective to carry. Unfortunately, it’s the perspective of much of the fanbase. I’m not saying that the first 4 or 5 games doesn’t give the point of view merit, but not giving the team a chance before they even step on the field is not a notion I can stand behind, not as if it matters.
    Now before you go condemning my opinion, I am well aware that you stated the team could still finish with .500 record, which is not negative at all. It’s actually more of a show of faith, which is interesting considering how the season has played itself out thus far. I just don’t understand why you followed it up the way you did.

    • David

      Hey KJ! I appreciate your input. The reason I followed up with that is because that’s what we’ve seen over the first 7 games. It’s never too late to turn it around though. I guess you could say I’m just being careful. This is a 1-6 team after all. I wouldn’t really say we’d “destroy” the Jets or the Dolphins. We are definitely capable of beating them though. I didn’t think I’ve been negative over the last few posts. What am I supposed to do? Write about how we’re going to the playoffs? I just write about what I see. Anyways just my 2 cents. Once again, thank you for your input and thank you for reading! It means a lot.

      • http://www.facebook.com/keenan.jones.1806 Keenan Jones

        When you’re right, you’re right. This team hasn’t done much to instill much faith in it and as Luke mentioned, tempered optimism is the best point of view to have at this point, which was your approach. I hope my comment didn’t come off as disrespectful in any way, as it wasn’t my intent. I say that because I just read my comment and feel like I totally bashed, not only your article, but your artistic integrity as well, which isn’t something I ever aim to do, regardless of if I disagree with the person or not. I think I’ve been visiting Big Cat Country a bit too much where snide remarks and personal attacks are the norm. I’ll be finding a better way to voice a disagreement from now on and I appreciate you replying without the slightest bit of scorn.

        • David

          Keenan, don’t even sweat it man. I’m just grateful you’re reading B&T and putting in your opinion. That’s why these sites exist. And in no way were you insulting or on the offensive! You just stated your well thought out opinion! I respect that. You made a lot of valid points yourself. Please continue reading us! We really appreciate it!

  • LukeNSims

    A good take. I like the tempered optimism. As much as KJ has been right in his critique the truth is that the Jets and Dolphins are a mixed bag when we get around to playing them. The Jets could go off like they did in week one or they could play like incompetent nincompoops. The Dolphins can be a mediocre team or they can let Brian Hartline off his leash for 240+ receiving yards. It really depends on the day with those guys. Unfortunately, and where I see us losing those games, is that if their offenses are successful this team can’t catch them. Our offense may be managing more yards, but we haven’t been scoring touchdowns when in the red zone and haven’t been exploiting our big plays as well as we could be.

    I’m praying we find a way to run the table. The truth is though that I’ll be happy with more competitive games even if they don’t translate into wins. I’d rather see us build a future right rather than win a few trashy games and always be like the Raiders.

  • David

    Oh man I left off the Bills. So basically the entire AFC East is left of the schedule as well. What do you guys think? I’d give us a shot to beat the Bills.

  • Chipshot

    I have enjoyed your articles since you began writing for this site.
    You have always done a commendable job with your insight & analysis.
    I appreciate a writer that will express his humble opinion based on facts.

    What is the purpose of fans now wanting to make lemonade out of this lemon team? It’s November, I think it’s a little late in the season / year to be trying to sell
    lemonade to all the Kool-Aid drinkers. This team is a disaster.

    • http://www.facebook.com/keenan.jones.1806 Keenan Jones

      I’m curious as to what you’re referring to when you say “the Kool-Aid drinkers”. Who’s trying to sell anything to anyone? I don’t see how a team that is, as you say, a disaster could go and compete with is widely considered to be one of the better teams in the league in the Packers the way they did. I didn’t even get a chance to watch the game, but everyone from the team to the fans seemed to believe that it was a good showing for where the team is headed. No one was satisfied with a loss, but the fact is that it was still a good showing that if everyone plays up to their ability for a full 4 quarters that we can compete with anyone. Yes, the first few games of the season were disappointing to watch, but as it stands at the moment, calling the team a disaster doesn’t seem to be general outlook of a majority of those who closely follow the team.