For the 3rd time this season, the Jacksonville Jaguars followed up a dominant win with an embarrassing loss and it’s wreaked havoc on the power rankings.
While the outcome of the games have been wildly inconsistent, the Jacksonville Jaguars have effectively laid out what kind of team they are.
The Jaguars have a Super Bowl caliber defense, but they have a completely moribund passing offense and they can’t overcome even a modest deficit.
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The Jaguars had every opportunity to win last Sunday’s game against the Rams, despite two special team touchdowns. They couldn’t do it and it’s almost entirely the fault of the quarterback and a dysfunctional passing game.
Moving forward , there’s absolutely no reason to expect the Jaguars to be any better than what they’ve been through the first six weeks, and they are currently a .500 team.
So where does that leave them in the power rankings? Lets find out:
"18. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3, LW: 14)What will be lost from Sunday’s loss to the Rams is that the Jaguars defense was quite good. It allowed 124 passing yards and just 12 first downs. But the Jaguars gave up a kickoff return touchdown and a touchdown on a blocked punt. It has to be disheartening for the Jaguars defense to be just 3-3 right now."
"19. JaguarsThey just don’t know how to string together victories yet. They can’t pass it good enough to win consistently."
"17. Jacksonville JaguarsThe road-weary Jags ( London, New Jersey and Pittsburgh from Weeks 3 through 5) finally returned home last week and gave the Rams a tough fight most of Sunday afternoon. Front and center: Rookie sensation Leonard Fournette, who produced once again, with 138 total yards on 23 touches, including a 75-yard scamper to the house. Unfortunately, the OROY candidate became the latest star player to leave a game injured. The good news here is that Fournette avoided serious injury and should be available when the Jags travel to Indy. (The burning health question for that matchup: Will Andrew Luck be active? Apparently not.)"
"19. Jacksonville Jaguars2017 record: 3-3Week 6 ranking: No. 12The Jaguars are tied for first place in the AFC South, and the road ahead should give them a strong chance of staying there. They have just one game on their remaining schedule against a team currently above .500 — the Seahawks in Week 14."
The Jaguars are where they should be – near the middle of the league or just a notch below.
The Jaguars have a supremely high upside – if they get a lead, it’s incredibly difficult to beat them because they have the best pass defense in the league.
Outside of that, it’s really a coin flip. If the Jaguars get a few big runs here and there or a fluky Blake Bortles touchdown pass they can be competitive, but right now they don’t have too many pathways to victory outside of “get a lead and run the clock.”
Sad but true.