The Jacksonville Jaguars have beat two mediocre opponents in a row, now can they keep the streak going?
After three straight losses to the start of the 2016 season it was clear that the Jacksonville Jaguars simply weren’t as good as they were expected to be this year.
It was supposed to be a breakout season and the goal of 8-8 often seemed like the low end of a season that could yield nine or even 10 wins. Instead, the Jags sit at 2-3 heading into Week 7.
The two wins have come in sloppy games against the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears. Neither of those teams are particularly good this season and the Jags struggled to win against them.
It took a Herculean effort from wide receiver Allen Hurns to win the game in London against the Colts. Similarly, it took a miraculous fourth quarter (including more magic from Hurns and Arrelious Benn) to come away with a win against the Bears.
Winning these games are nice. It’s good to see the Jags rally and secure the wins in tough games that haven’t been complete blowouts a la Week 2 against the San Diego Chargers. For some fans it’s tough because it means there will be more Gus Bradley in the Jags future.
But the Jaguars are just six games away from the goal of 8-8 now. If they can keep the wins coming they will meet that goal quickly.
Looking forward, the Jags have to take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 6. That game could disrupt the win streak, especially with the Raiders looking like playoff or – dare we say it – Super Bowl contenders through the first quarter of the season.
It’s worth encouraging the momentum but it’s tough to look forward and see the Jags proving themselves against the Raiders and keeping the streak alive.
Anything can happen in the NFL, though. Let’s see them get after it!