After an embarrassing loss to the Houston Texans in Week 1, the Jaguars are falling behind in the AFC South. It’s still a young season and there’s plenty of time to make up some ground. After all, the Texans were the only team in the division to win in the season opener. Also, both the Tennesse Titans and the Indianapolis Colts will enter Week 2 with several question marks.
Keep in mind that winning or losing in Week 1 isn’t a reliable indicator of future success. Last season, the Jags beat Indy in the season opener only to lose their next 15 games. For the time being, head coach Urban Meyer needs to have his team ready against the Denver Broncos. He needs to go back to the drawing board and work on all the things that played a role in Jacksonville’s 37-21 loss.
Here’s a look at the AFC South ahead of Week 2 of the 2021 regular season.
That’s right, three out of the four teams in the division lost in Week 1 but the Jaguars looked like the worst of the bunch. They played undisciplined football, committing ten penalties for 82 yards. The Jaguars’ defense couldn’t tackle and allowed Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor to run amok. On the other side of the ball, it was puzzling to see them abandon the run so early in the game and have quarterback Trevor Lawrence drop back 51 times in his NFL debut.
On the bright side, the Clemson product showed promise, throwing three touchdown passes (and three interceptions). If the Jaguars’ coaching staff can put together a better game plan in Week 2, they will have a fighting chance against the Denver Broncos in Week 2 despite the fact that they are currently 6-point underdogs.