Things don’t look encouraging for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Before the season started, the Cincinnati Bengals raised a few eyebrows when they took wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase instead of offensive tackle Penei Sewell. The fact that Chase struggled with drops during the offseason didn’t help matters. But in the end, the former LSU Tiger showed up in Week 1, hauling in five receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown.
Despite the fact that second-year quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked five times, he threw two touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings. Also, the Bengals showed they can run the ball, toting the rock 36 times for 149 yards and one touchdown. This may be the “easiest” game on the Jaguars’ schedule but they were favored to beat the Texans and ended up losing. Thus, they can’t afford to picture their Week 4 matchup as “less difficult”.
Could the Jacksonville Jaguars be riding a 19-losing streak in Week 5?
If the Jaguars start the season 0-4, they will have one last chance to avoid becoming the third team in NFL history to lose 20 consecutive games. The problem is that they will be facing the Tennesee Titans and it’s unlikely that their AFC South foes will let them win as a goodwill gesture.
The Titans also lost the season opener but they have significantly higher chances of getting back on track than the Jags. They still have running back Derrick Henry, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and a solid wide receiver duo in Julio Jones and A.J. Brown. Last season, Tennessee swept the Jags, and based on how things went in Week 1, it wouldn’t be shocking if it happens again.
On the bright side, Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer has enough time to right the ship. It won’t be easy, as there are many things the coaching staff has to fix. Nevertheless, the prospect of making history for the wrong reasons should motivate the Jaguars to turn things around.