The Jacksonville Jaguars season continues its downhill slide
By Kathy Clark
The Jaguars lost another game. This time they played another team on a downhill trajectory…the Washington Redskins. Sadly our offense forgot to show up.
The Jacksonville Jaguars looked like potential winners this week at least on paper. The Redskins played Josh Johnson at quarterback. He played one NFL game in 2012 and hadn’t played since. Easy to defeat him…right?….wrong!
Johnson is one of those running quarterbacks that gave the Jaguars grief all season. He managed 151 yards passing and 49 yards rushing. His quarterback rating was 93.9
Not only that, Adrian Peterson, an aging running back, gained 51 yards rushing and 20 yards as a receiver. No doubt he’s a future HALL OF FAME inductee but in theory his day is past. He was quiet most of the game but when the game was on the line he had some solid runs that put the Redskins in position to kick the winning field goal.
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That’s what winners do.
The Redskins scored a paltry 16 points but that was enough to defeat the offense-less Jaguars. The Jaguars managed 13 points. Kai Forbath kicked two field goals and Dede Westbrook had a thrilling 74 yard punt return. Cody Kessler completed 9/17 passes for 57 yards. He ran for his life most of the day and managed to gain 68 yards.
He was sacked six times and his quarterback rating was 35.7. Leonard Fournette was unable to get yards in the first half. He had one run of 25 yards in the second half and limped off the field. The Jaguars offense didn’t score any points.
The defense played a decent game but couldn’t stop the Redskins at the end when the game was on the line.
Any time the defense holds the opposing team to 16 points it should be a win. The defense had three sacks and eight tackles for a loss. That is winning football. The kicking game was good. Punter, Logan Cooke, was great as usual. A good defense and kicking game are being wasted in 2018.
This continuing run of losses is a result of a totally dysfunctional offense. The offense is so bad that points it can’t score points. The primary purpose of an offense is to score points.
It was easy to blame Blake Bortles and Nathaniel Hackett for this but obviously the problem is bigger than that. The entire offensive philosophy must have some serious flaws. Despite the flaws the team continues to run the same plays over and over hoping for a different outcome that never happens.
To conclude I feel very sad for our players. They have spent this season living with poor management decisions and unimaginative coaching.
Frankly, they deserve better and so do we. I will always be a loyal Jaguars fan and I love our players. GO JAGUARS!