Doug Pederson deserves blame for the Jaguars 1-2 start: Overreactions from Week 3

• The Jaguars fell to Houston in Week 3

• Here are 3 overreactions from the loss

Sep 24, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson against the
Sep 24, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson against the / Morgan Tencza-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jaguars aren't currently a playoff team (at least not right now)

You could make the case that it's too early to think of the playoffs but a good start can sometimes turn out to be huge in tiebreakers. In this case, the Jaguars lost a divisional matchup against the Texans and dropped a conference one against the Chiefs the week before.

Meanwhile, other AFC teams already look in midseason shape. the Miami Dolphins just crushed the Denver Broncos 73-20. The Buffalo Bills, for their part, took care of business and disposed of the Washington Commanders while the Kansas City were always in control against the Chicago Bears.

As the Jags showed in Week 2, they aren't ready to take on any of the conference powerhouses right now. They failed to score a touchdown against the Chiefs and it's fair to wonder what kind of fight they would've put against the Dolphins.

As noted before Jacksonville dropped a division game against the Texans. While they're 1-1 after beating the Colts in the opener, they're no longer in the driver's seat. They had a great opportunity to separate themselves from their AFC South foes in Week 3. However, they missed the chance and their weaknesses came to light.

Trevor Lawrence isn't playing like the top-10 quarterback he is. The wide receivers are dropping passes at crucial times at an alarming rate. The offensive line cannot block and the defense was finally exposed in Week 3. The Jaguars won't win many games if they don't fix those issues.

The silver lining is that the Jaguars have enough time to fix things. But they won't be easy. First, they need to forget what they accomplished last season and start from scratch. They must then get to work, keep their head down, and remember that until further notice, this team isn't playoff-bound.

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