In Russell Baxter’s most recent FanSided.com NFL Power Rankings, the Jacksonville Jaguars once again take a tumble after a big loss.
As long as the Jacksonville Jaguars continue to lose, they are going to continue to tumble in FanSided.com’s NFL Power Rankings. This week, after a 42-20 drubbing at the hands of the Tennessee Titans, the Jaguars fall one spot to 24th overall.
Some might consider that generous after watching this team lose three straight games to AFC South rivals where they were blown out by 20 points or more and gave up over 216 yards rushing to each opponent. For a team that prides itself on having a good defense, the signs of wear on this unit have shown through this season.
"“For the third consecutive game, the Jaguars would face an AFC South rival as they headed to Nashville. Back in Week 3 on a Thursday night at home, Doug Marrone’s teams came away with a 20-7 win and were now in position to sweep the Titans for the first time since 2005,” Russell Baxter writes.“But if it’s Tennessee it means another clash with running back Derrick Henry, who once again had his way with the Jacksonville defense as Marrone’s team allowed a whopping 219 yards rushing and wound up losing by at least 20 points for the third consecutive game. Running back Leonard Fournette ran for 97 yards and two scores and added 62 yards on nine catches in a losing effort.”"
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Yes, it was good to see the Jaguars call Fournette’s number more this week after two games where he totaled 19 carries and looked all but stymied by opposing defenses. At least the coaching staff devised a plan to get their workhorse the ball more and made use of his ability to catch the football out of the backfield.
Fournette led Jacksonville with nine catches. He has been the workhorse this team envisioned prior to the start of the season.
The Jaguars will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, a team that is ranked just below their in-state rivals in Baxter’s rankings. The Buccaneers won yesterday, beating the Atlanta Falcons 35-22 on the road.
"“The Jaguars host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time since 2011 and the fourth time overall as these interconference foes battle for only the seventh time,” Baxter adds. “Jacksonville owns a 3-0 home record in this series and rolled to a 41-14 victory in 2011. But the Bucs won at home in 2015, 38-31, in the teams’ most recent meeting.”"
The main issue with the Jaguars has been the run defense. We have discussed it enough, so it is not a secret, that Jacksonville must make changes to help stop the opposition from scoring quickly with the ball on the ground. The Buccaneers managed 133 yards rushing and a touchdown against Atlanta’s defense.