It's no secret that the Jaguars offense has been struggling as of late. After a blistering start to the season for the running game, fueled by Leonard Fournette and solid offensive line play, things have gone south.
Since the Jaguars big 23-7 win over the Bengals in week 9, they’re offense has been struggling greatly.
Against the Chargers in week seven it took overtime for the Jaguars to score 20 points. The offense was unimpressive as a whole on the day. While Blake Bortles did have one fantastic drive during the game he followed it up with 2 interceptions in the last two minutes of regulation - mistakes that the Jaguars defense was able to overcome. The Jaguars bell cow on offense, Leonard Fournette lacked his usual burst and explosiveness in this one.
Against the Browns the next week the only consistently effective offensive weapon was Leonard Fournette. Bottles and the receiving game had their moments, but due to extreme weather conditions the Jaguars only put up 19 points.
The offensive struggles came to a head against the Cardinals last week. The Cardinals defense was able to overwhelm the Jaguars offensive line with heavy pressure and Blake Bortles was unable to respond for much of the day. The run game was stifled by the Cardinals swarming defense. Blake Bortles, again, made huge mistakes in the fourth quarter - this time it cost his team the game.
These last three weeks have been very alarming for fans of the Big Cats. The team has averaged just 21 points per game. The offensive line has been leaking like a sieve, allowing defenders to pressure Blake Bortles and to stuff the run game. On top of it Blake Bortles has been at his worst when it matters most. And his receivers haven't been helping him - multiple drops every game have cost the Jaguars dearly.
It's not time to panic for Jaguars fans - they've still won two of three games since their offense has become ineffective. But the offense does need a spark.
Could it come this week against the Colts?
Indy is banged up in the secondary and while their interior defensive lineman are playing fantastic football, the defense as a whole is susceptible to big plays.
The Jaguars offense should find success against the Colts -- but will it be sustained?
In order for the Jaguars offense to get back up to speed they'll need the offensive line play to improve. The only way that will happen is if the O-line gets healthy. Cam Robinson has been starting at left tackle despite clearly being hampered by an ankle injury - the results haven't been pretty for the Jaguars rookie tackle. Patrick Omameh and Jermey Parnell have both been bothered by injuries as of late. If Parnell, the teams starting right tackle, can get healthy and return to form it'll do huge things for the Jaguars rushing attack.
Get the running game going and the passing attack will benefit - so will the offense as a whole.
For the Jaguars it all starts up front and until that offensive line plays like it needs to the offense will remain dead in the water.
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