In what is likely his last game as an NFL coach in London, Gus Bradley needs to help the Jacksonville Jaguars avoid another embarrassing loss if he wants to keep his job for much longer.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have taken a lot of flak over the last two weeks and rightfully so – they’ve been the most disappointing team in the league. All the offseason hype built up thanks to a good draft and free agency haul is long gone and the team is struggling to just stay relevant after only 3 games.
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Enter London and a divisional matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars finally beat their division rivals last year, but they did it against a Matt Hasselbeck-led Colts squad. Andrew Luck is back and healthy, which has historically been bad news for the Jaguars.
While plenty of focus has been given to head coach Gus Bradley and what appears to be the inevitable end of his coaching stint in Jacksonville, all eyes should be on quarterback Blake Bortles this week. The third year signal caller was looking to build off a terrific sophomore campaign (35 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards passing), but he’s been inconsistent in 2016 with some moments of downright lunacy in terms of decision making. Some analysts have written the former UCF product off, but a good performance this week will do a lot to give whoever the next coach is the confidence that Bortles can be the guy.
So what’s going to actually happen this Sunday when the Jaguars take the field at Wembley Stadium? Are they going to bounce back, or is this going to be another nail in Gus Bradley’s coffin? Click ahead to see my “rock solid” predictions: