With another win, the Jacksonville Jaguars move higher in FanSided’s most recent NFL Power Poll.
After the 26-24 win over Denver on the road, the team from North Florida that been all over league news for their new favorite son (Gardner Minshew) and their disgruntled and now injured cornerback (Jalen Ramsey) moved four spots to 23rd in Russell Baxter’s latest poll.
After sitting at 0-2, the Jaguars have looked impressive in their last two games, both of them victories.
"“With a little extra time to prepare and off their first victory of the season, quarterback Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars headed west to the Mile High City for the first time since 2013 to face the winless Broncos,” Baxter writes. “And while Jalen Ramsey made the trip to Denver as well, he was inactive on Sunday.”"
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The Ramsey news was a bit of a surprise given he took a plane from Tennessee to Jacksonville to fly with the team. The Pro Bowl defensive back did not practice again on Wednesday because of a back injury. And as of writing this story, Ramsey has not backed down from his trade demand that was made after Week 2 of the NFL season.
Balance was the word of the day as the Jaguars used a heavy dose of the running game to accompany an accurate passing game by Minshew that resulted in two touchdowns through the air.
Baxter wrote that even with the team’s best defensive player on the sideline in street clothes, the visiting team mustered a solid comeback to build on this season.
"“That looked like it would be an issue [Ramsey not playing] as Denver opened up a 17-3 second-quarter lead via a pair of Joe Flacco touchdown passes. But Doug Marrone’s team stuck to its game plan and that meant Leonard Fournette, who ran for 225 yards. After taking a 23-17 lead, the Jaguars trailed by one point with 1:32 to play. But Minshew led the club on a game-winning field goal drive,” Baxter said."
Now, with a chance to win three in a row, the Jaguars face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Charlotte with a bit of history being made in this contest. Both the Panthers and the Jaguars entered the league together 25 years ago. Jacksonville is faced with having to stop Christian McCaffrey and the run game. The Panthers must try to stop Fournette and Minshew’s ability to rally his teammates when needed.
"“The clubs have split their six previous meetings but the Jaguars have dropped two straight in this infrequent series, including a 16-10 loss in 2011 when they last hosted the Panthers,” Baxter explained."