Losing a game in the NFL is pretty common. Dropping two in back-to-back weeks isn’t optimal but it’s not a reason to hit the panic button. But how bout three? Something isn’t working but it can and must be fixed. That’s what the situation the Jacksonville Jaguars found themselves in when they faced off against the New York Giants in Week 7.
While Jacksonville was on the brink of winning, they once again couldn’t seal the deal and extended their current losing streak to four, giving them a 2-5 record for the season. It will be interesting to see how they react in the upcoming weeks.
After all, these Jaguars aren’t as bad as they were last year under Urban Meyer. On the other hand, they aren’t currently good enough to win close games and in a sport where the bottom line is winning, that’s saying something.
Of course, head coach Doug Pederson isn’t counting out his team yet but he knows they must operate with a sense of urgency and clean up those mistakes that have held them back, or else run the risk of letting the season slip away.
“We got to look at everything big picture right now”, Pederson told the media after the loss. “But we can’t obviously lose too many more, right? That’s just the big picture view but we got to learn not to beat ourselves and in the end, just worry about us. If we do that and focus internally on what we do, the process that we do, then everything else kind of takes care of itself”.
A playoff run seems unlikely if the Jaguars keep playing the way they have in recent weeks. Having said that, it’s too early to start talking about next year. The talent is still there but it’s up to both the coaching staff and the players to stop shooting themselves in the foot and play complementary football, something they haven’t often done this season. With that in mind, here are three takeaways from the loss to the Giants.