Jacksonville Jaguars look competitive, still disappoint against Ravens
The Jacksonville Jaguars came close to gutting it out against the Baltimore Ravens but ultimately came up short in Week 3.
Close games are always painful.
The close games against teams the Jacksonville Jaguars can beat are even worse.
In a close 17-19 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Jaguars had plenty of opportunities to keep drives alive and win the game. Turnovers starting with a muffed punt and then two interceptions only led to three points off a Jason Myers field goal.
In the end, quarterback Blake Bortles threw another interception to end the game after plenty of turnovers following successful takeaways. The Ravens, unlike the Jaguars, managed to capitalize with a late 50+ yard field goal by Justin Tucker.
The key takeaway for the Jaguars here isn’t that the loss hurts, though. It’s that after a terrible, terrible showing against the San Diego Chargers in Week 2, the team once again looked competitive.
The Ravens are a good football team and rise to 3-0 following the win. The Jags held them close all game (even with Joe Flacco setting a franchise record for consecutive straight completions) and looked like they could win at any point.
In the end, however, the sloppy play of the Jags continued and franchise QB Bortles just couldn’t keep it together long enough to win the game either by hanging on in field goal range or by driving to end the game.
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It’s a disappointing game, but it also isn’t a complete setback for the Jaguars. They can build on being more competitive here.
8-8 is still the primary goal for the Jaguars at the end of the season but they now face a 0-3 hole to climb out of. Whether they can do it or not is the big question for a team that has lost two close games this season.
The Ravens game just cements the fact that the Jags aren’t at a point where they can compete for a playoff spot.