The Jacksonville Jaguars have dropped two games in a row heading into Week 4, but is a two-game losing streak something to be concerned about? Sure, losing stings but teams don't realistically expect to go 17-0 in a season. The truth is that losing is bound to happen in the NFL and there's nothing clubs can do but take it in stride and focus on the next game.
This isn't to say the Jags should be celebrating that they're coming off back-to-back losses. If anything, they should be highly motivated to show they're still the same team that was expected to seize the AFC South before the start of the season. The talent is there and this isn't the first time head coach Doug Pederson has found himself in this situation.
Expect Pederson to get into his players' ears and let them know that losing two straight games is unacceptable. Also, he must've made sure the team had a great week of practice and is ready to face the Atlanta Falcons in London. With that in mind, here are three storylines to watch in Week 4.
3. Will the Jaguars be able to get after Falcons QB Desmond Ridder?
The Jaguars' pass rush has left much to be desired the past two games. After taking down Anthony Richardson four times in the opener, the defense registered just one sack against the Chiefs and none against Houston. Outside linebacker Josh Allen had a productive outing against the Colts but hasn't been nearly as dominant the past two weeks.
Allen didn't have a sack against the Chiefs but he laid a hit on Patrick Mahomes that forced him to throw an interception. Unfortunately, he's the only Jaguars pass rusher who can consistently get after the quarterback. If he has a down game, there isn't anyone else on the roster that will pick up the slack. That needs to change against the Falcons.
The good news is that sophomore Desmond Ridder has been sacked 12 times this season. The Jaguars have, on paper, a favorable matchup in Week 4. It's up to them to take advantage of it and if they do, their chances of winning will increase considerably.