The Jaguars once again tumble in the most recent NFL Power Rankings on FanSided.com. This week, it’s another two spots down to 27th in the league.
When things happen over and over again, they become a habit. Seeing the Jaguars rise ever so slightly only to fall in the most recent FanSided.com NFL Power Rankings hasn’t become a habit yet, but remaining in the bottom quarter of Russell Baxter’s list has proven to be a regular occurrence.
After a big come-from-behind win against Oakland, the Jaguars could not get out of their own way in the first quarter and onto a 24-12 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
"“Doug Marrone’s club rallied in the fourth quarter last Sunday at Oakland and put an end to the club’s five-game losing streak. Now the Jaguars headed to Atlanta for the first time since 2011 to take on the feisty Falcons. The team found itself in a 14-0 hole less than six minutes into the game but the club did hang around to make things interesting,” Baxter wrote in his assessment of the team’s performance on the road.More from Jacksonville Jaguars NewsJacksonville Jaguars should welcome Derrick Henry into the kingdomJaguars Rumors: Trent Baalke seems to be getting respect nowJaguars News: This division rival might be making a big moveFormer Jacksonville Jaguars S Johnathan Cyprien: “New Profession, Same Standards”Jacksonville Jaguars TE Evan Engram officially gets the franchise tag: 3 takeaways“Running back Leonard Fournette 105 yards from scrimmage and rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew did throw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Chris Conley. And Jacksonville’s defense did pick off Matt Ryan twice. But Marrone’s squad only reached the end zone once and were outgained 518-288 in total yardage.”"
It’s hard to imagine how a team with some decent pieces to the puzzle cannot find cohesion – something this team has lacked the majority of the season. Minshew has played adequate football, but not enough to prove he is a legitimate NFL starter – yet. Fournette has been running and catching the football without help from other playmakers – sans DJ Chark – almost the entire season.
Now, with one game left and the possibility of there being a full turnover of front office personnel and the coaching staff, it’s one last chance to make a lasting impression against Indianapolis at home.
"“The Jaguars look to continue their recent success at home against the rival Colts. Last year, Marrone’s team pitched a shutout at Jacksonville, 6-0, in Week 13,” Baxter added. “All told, the Jaguars have won the last four home games in this series dating back to 2015 – three at Jacksonville and one in London, England in 2016.”"
Hopefully, that’s an omen this team can use as it tries to erase the atrocious play of the second half of this season and end 2019 with more than just a whimper on offense.