The youthful Jaguars are coming off a gutty victory over the Ravens —a victory that puts them in position to control their own destiny in their chase for the AFC South Crown. The team wasn't perfect, but they got the job done with a lot of grit, effort and just a bit of luck. They are now 3-6 and will have ample opportunity to take control of their division as they have four division games left on their schedule.
The Jaguars’ offensive line and rookie running back, T.J. Yeldon, must become more cohesive. At this point it seems as though they have one or two good games in a row and then have a stinker. This offensive line group is still gaining chemistry, as they have not had much time to develop as a unit and have been hampered by injuries. The Jaguars are now in position to make a run at a division title and if they are going to do so, they will need the ground attack to be more reliable than it has been to this point in the season.
The Brothers Allen are simply undeniable. They are on pace to have the best receiving season for a duo in Jaguars’ history. Hurns caught a touchdown pass for his Jaguars’ franchise record seventh game in a row, while Robinson hauled in another touchdown as well. They both have seven touchdowns on the season. In a game where the Jags’ offense struggled, these two still managed to have a huge impact on the game. They will need to continue to be steady targets for the Jaguars’ offense down the stretch.
Davon House made two interceptions against the Ravens, giving the Jaguars’ secondary two interceptions on the year — while they were finally able to create turnovers, they still gave up way to many yards (316) to Joe Flacco and allowed him to complete 75% of his passes. The lack of pass rush certainly is contributing to the success of opposing quarterbacks against the Jags this year, but the secondary must improve as well.
The Colts and Texans both now stand at 4-5, a full game in front of the Jaguars in the AFC South standings, but the Jaguars still play each of them once and play the Titans twice. The Jaguars control their own destiny and will need to beat the Titans on Thursday Night Football if they want to stay alive in the division race.
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