After blowing a painfully winnable game at home against the Baltimore Ravens, the Jacksonville Jaguars head to London in hopes of not cementing themselves as one of the worst teams in the league.
The Jacksonville Jaguars had a chance to quiet critics on Sunday with an unimpressive but still satiating win. In fact, they had multiple chances to put the game away thanks to a handful of key turnovers by the defense.
Unfortunately, quarterback Blake Bortles melted down and performed horribly in the 4th quarter, allowing the Ravens to get back into the game. The young signal caller has had a rough start to the season, and the concerns of some analysts before the season started are beginning to look justified.
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Here’s a brief collection of some rankings around the web as the Jaguars look to bounce back in week 4:
"29. Jacksonville Jaguars (last week: 27)Perhaps we were all too quick to jump on the Jaguars bandwagon. Blake Bortles has regressed from last season and Allen Robinson has just 183 yards in three games. At least Jalen Ramsey and Dante Fowler Jr. have played as expected and lifted the defense to another level. They just need some help from their teammates."
They head to London this week to face the Colts at 0-3. They do still have six games against division teams.
"30. Jacksonville JaguarsIf invention is now the mother of necessity (SEE: iPhone), then how many good-hearted Jags fans drop the MF-bomb when the Jaguars keep inventing ways to lose? Blake Bortles’ next-to-last interception, the ball that was tipped by Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, can be chalked up to bad luck. On the Jags’ next possession, Bortles was sacked on third down (in fairness, he probably didn’t have time to get rid of the ball), which led to Jason Myers opting for a lower trajectory on his 52-yard field-goal attempt that was ultimately blocked by the Ravens. But, on their final possession, with 43 seconds left in the game and decent field position (at the Jags’ 31), Bortles held the ball entirely too long, taking a bad sack while precious seconds ticked away. Sorry, Jacksonville fans, those are the facts. Hey, the defense looked much-improved from the track meet in San Diego in Week 2. So there’s that."
"29. Jacksonville Jaguars2016 record: 0-3Week 3 ranking: No. 27Of the four 0-3 teams to start the 2016 season, the Jaguars and the Saints are the only ones who haven’t started a second quarterback yet. Blake Bortles has now thrown 24 interceptions in one-score games in his career, most in the NFL since 2016. The Jags head to London to “host” the Colts in Week 4."
I wouldn’t take issue with anyone ranking the Jaguars all the way down at 32. If the Jaguars played any of their 31 other teams at home this Sunday, I don’t think they would be favored against any of them. Even the Cleveland Browns have shown up in a more admirable fashion over the first three weeks. Head coach Gus Bradley has completely eviscerated any hope for the season and it wouldn’t be shocking to see the team effectively quit on him this week.