Will the Jaguars play a better brand of football knowing there have been changes made inside the building back in DUUUVAL?
There has been so much off-field drama this week at TIAA Bank Field that it’s a bit hard to remember the Jacksonville Jaguars have a game to play Sunday at Atlanta against the Falcons.
Both teams are 5-9 with the Falcons coming off a huge win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Jaguars did their part to own a part of the west coast by beating the Oakland Raiders, 20-16.
As it was discussed this week, the battle for the West Coast Championship will be played this Sunday in Atlanta.
Despite the news of Tom Coughlin being fired and the impact it may or may not have on this team, head coach Doug Marrone continues to prepare each week for the team on the other side of the football. This Sunday is no exception.
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"“With the position we’re in,” Marrone said, “for our coaches that are fighting for jobs and our players that are fighting for jobs, I made a conscious decision that I wasn’t going to get myself wrapped up this – to learn everything about it, to be able to speak about it.“I will tell you this: I’m focusing on getting this team ready, trying to play, trying to show that I’m deserving of a job. That’s the truth.”"
This is the kind of game both teams need to win to erase doubts about the direction of their franchises. Both Marrone and Dan Quinn are on the “hot seat” and a victory today helps to extinguish some of the pain these organizations have felt this season.
The staff here at Black and Teal have followed all of the changes made this week to the Jaguars and will continue to provide the best coverage possible as the season continues. We have also come up with our predictions this weekend for the game with the Falcons
Anthony Robertson – Both Jacksonville and Atlanta are coming off of big come from behind victories. With the Jaguars in the midst of yet another mid-season controversy, it might be a bit hard to focus on the game this week.
The Jaguars have overcome a lot this season, but at times lack consistency. Interesting note, if the Jaguars win it brings Gardner Minshew to 6-5 as a starter this season. Atlanta has a lot of firepower on offense. It might be a tough win, but Jacksonville must get up early to secure the win. Jaguars 24 Falcons 21
Lorenzino Estrada – In a resilient effort last week against the Oakland Raiders, the Jaguars proved that the team did not give up on the coaching staff. The team now takes on the Falcons on the road. Atlanta is a force on the offensive side of the football, which will be tough for the Jaguars to handle.
Quarterback Gardner Minshew continues to impress and will do so in a hostile environment. Jaguars win 21-16
David Levin – Head coach Doug Marrone was adamant about the fact nothing has changed for the Jaguars this week. Everyone is still fighting to keep their jobs. That makes this game interesting, to say the least.
I believe the Jaguars defense will once again play with grit and heart, but the Falcons passing game is better than the one the team faced last week at Oakland. The one thing the Jaguars should be able to do is run the football, which makes Leonard Fournette a dangerous man on the field this weekend on a fast track.
The Jaguars get their second win in a row and run their record to 6-9, upsetting many fans who want the team to tank for a better draft pick. Jaguars 23 Falcons 17
Kathy Clark – The Jaguars are in a state of turmoil right now. Surprise… the Atlanta Falcons are filled with controversy as well. Neither team has anything to play for other than pride and future jobs. Both have the same record and almost the same power ranking.
I feel the Jaguars team will play for the future of coach Doug Marrone. Jaguars 21 Falcons 17
Jesse Overby – The Falcons and Jaguars are both 5-9. However, the Falcons have played much better lately and they’re at home. “Minshew Magic” will be needed if the Jaguars are to pull this one-off.
I don’t see it happening. Falcons win 24-17.