All of the Feels
Oof. That was ugly. But a win is a win. The Jaguars did not look like they cared to play for a majority of the game. This was a game that the Jaguars would have lost in years’ past. Fortunately, the players made some crucial plays when they were needed. Although an ugly win, the Jaguars now have back to back wins for the first time since weeks 10 and 11 in the 2015 season (Baltimore and Tennessee).
Although the Jaguars won the game, there were too many negative things to take from this game. The Jaguars offense started off really well on the first drive, driving all the way down to the one yard line. However, they did not take advantage of being so close to the endzone and quarterback Blake Bortles ended up throwing an interception that bounced of the hands of wide receiver Allen Robinson.That turnover essentially took the confidence out of the Jaguars offense. After the pick, the offense failed to get the ball moving until the end of third quarter, when they eventually rallied to win the game.
While the Jaguars offense was busy being pathetic for a majority of the game, the Jaguars defense was doing their best to not let the Bears offense take over the game. At first, they struggled, especially against wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Cameron Meredith. Rookie defensive back Jalen Ramsey stayed on Jeffery the entire game and it was a tale of two halves for the rookie. Jeffery dominated Ramsey in the first half, but Ramsey got the better of Jeffery in the 2nd, especially on the Bears’ final drive. After halftime, along with Ramsey, the defense played better. When a defense can hold their opponents to under 20 points in a game, it can give your offense a shot to win the game, and that is exactly what happened Sunday afternoon in Chicago. Without a doubt, the Jaguars defense is the reason why they have been in so many close games.
Back to back wins are great, but head coach Gus Bradley and his staff should still feel pressure to win. The Jaguars are on a two game winning streak, and yet they do not look great. There is still plenty of room for improvement, especially on offense. Luckily for Blake Bortles and company, they come home and face the Oakland Raiders, who have the worst passing defense in the NFL, and the 3rd worst rushing defense in the NFL.
“I just reacted, to be honest with you,” Ramsey said on the play where he broke up a fourth-down pass intended for Jeffery to essentially clinch the victory for the Jaguars. “Once I saw him break, I broke. I should have caught the pick, but it is what it is.”
The Jaguars play host to the Oakland Raiders on October 23rd, who are coming off a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders are 4-2, and are currently 3-0 on the road. Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio comes back to Jacksonville, where he was Jacksonville’s head coach from 2003-2011.