Week 1 of the NFL regular season finally wrapped up after a doubleheader on Monday night, so it’s time to see where the Jacksonville Jaguars are slotted in power rankings across the web. The Jaguars looked terrific in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles before giving up 34 points in the second half and losing 34-17, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see the Jaguars near the bottom. Let’s see how everyone reacted:
Number 25: Jacksonville Jaguars – Last Week 26
How about the Jaguars? They might have lost by a decent amount of points, but they should feel good about their first half performance against the Eagles.
27 . Jacksonville Jaguars
I was really pulling for the Jaguars (shhh) after their big start against the Eagles. I wasn’t going to pick that upset, but this is a team that has some dangerous potential.
Quite a debut for WR Allen Hurns. Chad Henne was 3-of-3 for 101 yards and two touchdowns targeting Hurns in the first quarter, but the Jaguars collapsed after halftime.
Yes, they looked good in the first half against the Eagles, but that means little after getting blown out in the second half. They need to play Blake Bortles now.
There is hope in Jacksonville, where Gus Bradley’s young team is playing hard. They need a more dynamic runner than Toby Gerhart (2.3 a carry) but the pass rush is starting to take shape.
Seventeen-zip, then wot happened? What a chapter to the 2014 season Gus Bradley‘s Jags could have written, if only they could’ve closed the door. That starts with the run game. Toby Gerhart was ineffective, while Chad Henne could barely complete a pass for the majority of the second half (until garbage time). Meanwhile, the defense yielded a gift bag of big plays to Nick Foles in the second half. (The Jacksonville secondary was the primary gift-giver, for those of you keeping score at home.)
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (30)
The Jags looked to be putting together one of the most shocking upsets of the first week of action when they led the Eagles 17-0 going into the half, but defensive breakdowns and ineffectiveness on offense in the third and fourth frames foiled that plot. Still, the Jags are an exciting young team with interesting talent that should be on the rise this year, but it just didn’t happen in Week 1.