Jaguars Superlatives: Week 11 Edition
I’ll be honest: making new content is getting harder and harder every week. We’ve learned what this team is. We know what will happen every week and who will perform well consistently. Our studs are still balling their asses off week in and week out but are let down every single game by a subpar QB and a lackluster offense. We never look good, even when we keep the score close. So yeah, this article will probably talk about the same people I talk about every week because the same studs are balling out and the same duds still boggle my mind with their inconsistent play. But screw it, let’s do this.
Stud of the Week: The Whole Dang Defense
The defense wasn’t perfect this week, but it was pretty damn close. Matt Stafford, who has played fairly well all season, was kept below 300 yards and didn’t throw a TD. Sure, he completed 73% of his passes, but he was consistently harassed and was kept out of the end-zone the entire game. Detroit rushers totaled 21 carries for 17 yards today (yes, that's less than a yard per carry), including 13 carries for 4 yards by Dwayne Washington. The Lions’ only TD was a 1 yard rush by TE Eric Ebron, an athletic freak that is hard to keep out of the end-zone at that distance. The combination of Malik Jackson and Abry Jones in the middle of the defense is a fantastic was nothing short of fantastic. Jones has especially impressed me with his prowess in the pass game at a position where his sole job is to stop the run. It’s hard to think that Jones wasn’t even a starter until Roy Miller’s injury with the level he’s playing at. Pair these two guys with Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith and Paul Posluzsny and you have the core of a really good defense. I just wish their play mattered to the overall success of the team.
Dud of the Week: Everyone Else
The offense this week was just dreadful. The running game still sucks, despite its “improvement” under Hackett. Ivory had 17 carries for 39 yards, only 2.5 YPC. Sure, Yeldon and Denard Robinson combined for 7 carries for 37 yards, but they didn’t have the consistent workload to turn that high YPC into anything meaningful. The pass offense is still as defunct as ever. The Jaguars offense has this weird way of having a different player mess up every single play. One play, Bortles will miss a wide-open receiver. The next, a receiver will run a lazy route or fail to bring in a good throw. An OL commits a penalty or whiffs a block. Then, the QB throws a bad pass that bounces off the receivers’ foot and falls into the hands of a DB. This is just sloppy, shitty football, plain and simple.
Even the special teams managed to be a massive let-down this week. Jason Myers missed his first PAT of the season (and made a 52 yard FG in the same game because why the hell not?). He’s been pretty good this year, but that missed extra point just added on to the misery. The Lions also had a punt return touchdown, as Brad Nortman was forced to punt from his own end-zone and the punt coverage team failed to stop Andre Roberts. These special teams failures made it impossible to win with the poor offensive play we had on the day.
Man of the Year: Telvin Smith
I’m sure everyone knows the insane week that Telvin Smith had this week. His brother was killed early this week and he had a child later in the week. But guess who showed up to play? Telvin did. Not only did he show up, he balled out. Today’s the game that teams win for players like Telvin. These types of life changing events have a way of inspiring teams to give these games everything they’ve got and pick up a win for their brother. However, our offense came out and played its usual crappy football. Telvin, I just want to thank you for your commitment to this dumpster fire of a football team. No one would have blamed you if you had sat this game out and went to be with your family, but you showed up and gave it your all. As one of the few bright spots on the team, we appreciate the you greatly. I just wish we could have capped off this huge week with a win for you, man.
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