Halfway through the Jacksonville Jaguars slate of regular season games in 2015, it’s hard not to be disappointed with the team’s 2-6 record. While 2 wins is a decided improvement over the first 8 games compared to 2013 and 2014, the Jaguars have shot themselves in the foot multiple times and lost 2, maybe 3 games that they should’ve won.
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Excuses aside, the Jaguars are not a very good football team. There are glimpses of brilliance here and there, particularly on the offensive side of the football thanks to Blake Bortles and his young receivers, but the Jaguars are clearly a step or two behind the teams at the top of the AFC.
Here’s where the Jaguars fell in some of the power rankings around the web after another loss:
"29. Jacksonville JaguarsLAST WEEK: 27If you were betting on this being the year that the Jacksonville Jaguars broke out — well, you might still be right. Despite a loss to the Jets on Sunday and a 2-6 record, the Jaguars are still just a handful of a games out of first place and a playoff spot. Not only that, but the Jags are roughly two games out of a position that would see them host what would probably end up being a blowout loss in the Wild Card round.Blake Bortles forgot how to football at numerous times on Sunday and it was embarrassing to watch. The Jaguars are in the playoff race by default, and the entire AFC South needs to fall off the face of the earth for the rest of the season."
"30. Jaguars (2-6) HIGH: 26 / LOW: 32The Jaguars have taken a major step forward on offense this season, but Blake Bortles continues to have issues with protecting the football. After three more turnovers in Week 9, he’s up to 11."
"31. JaguarsBright spot: Allen Hurns has a receiving touchdown in six straight games, which is twice as long as the next-longest active streak."
"31. JaguarsThey just can’t find a way to win a road game. At some point, they have to get past that hurdle with one this week in Baltimore."
"29. Jaguars :The defense lacks a pass rush and depth in the secondary, Justin Forsett is just an average back, and Joe Flacco has to be perfect for them to have a chance to win games. Last Week: 28"
"31. JaguarsAnother volume game from Blake Bortles: 381 yards and two scores. But once again, the second-year pro forced a ball that should not have been thrown. This time, at the end of the game, with enough remaining time for Jacksonville to live to play another down and make a run at the Jets. Meanwhile, the Allens are almost inseparable: 121 yards for Robinson and 122 from Hurns on Sunday. Not sure there is a more consistent WR pair in the league right now."
The Jaguars aren’t the worst team in the league right now (it’s hard to argue against the Detroit Lions right now), but you can’t defend their record. They are losing a lot of close games, which is better than getting blown out but it’s still not enough.
My ranking for the Jaguars after week 6: 31