After a demoralizing loss to the Colts, the Jaguars fall further in FanSided.com’s NFL power rankings.
What happens when you have a bye week followed by another week to prepare for your division rival and then you systematically get beat in every phase possible? You tumble in the most recent FanSided.com NFL Power Rankings as the Jacksonville Jaguars did.
The 33-13 debacle in Indianapolis, which further dampened any chance of the team’s playoff hopes, showed the Jaguars, now 4-6 this season, still have plenty of work to do on both sides of the football. Jacksonville tumbled four spots to 23rd in Russell Baxter’s latest piece, which is four spots lower than this team was just a week ago.
"“The Jaguars returned to action after a week off and took on the Colts at Indianapolis. Veteran quarterback Nick Foles was back in the starting lineup for Doug Marrone’s team for the first time since Week 1. And the Super Bowl LII hero found wide receiver D.J. Chark for a 34-yard score midway through the first quarter to take an early lead,” Baxter writes.“But it was basically all Colts the rest of the way as the Jacksonville defense was shredded for 264 yards on the ground and gave up a pair of 100-yard rushers. Meanwhile, the Jaguars were limited to 29 yards rushing on nine attempts. Foles threw for 296 yards and two scores to Chark but was also picked off once in the 20-point loss.”"
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The Jaguars have now lost two games in a row to AFC South rivals and are ship taking on water faster than it can handle at the moment. The idea of Foles coming back to start at quarterback, along with the return of several key players on offense and defense meant nothing on Sunday. A grinding running game by the Colts, along with a lack of defensive effort lead to Jaguars third division loss in four tries.
It’s a season of inconsistency for sure in Jacksonville, where the team has flip-flopped three straight two-game losses on their schedule. With the Titans hosting on Sunday afternoon with their own playoff hopes still intact, things don’t look good for the teal and black.
The only thing Sunday’s loss helped was the Jaguars draft positioning, which if the season ended today, they would hold the 11th pick which is their own and the 20th pick acquired from the Los Angeles Rams earlier this season.
"“We’re going to put our nose to the grindstone and get our ass to work,” Marrone said via teleconference on Monday afternoon when discussing with the media the loss on Sunday. “I told the coaches and I told the players, ‘The only way to get out of it is you have to communicate and fight your way out of it,’”"
Sunday’s game at Tennessee also marks the third straight game against an AFC South opponent, falling to Houston prior to the bye week in London. The loss on Sunday did not change the coach’s decision on Foles, who will remain as the team’s starter next week.