Jan. 11, 2017
Jaguars Fall to 2-9
Another tough season for dedicated Jacksonville Jaguars fans. It is evident in their last five seasons (16-59) that it is tough, but this one hurts more than the others. THIS was the season that the Jacksonville Jaguars were predicted to take the next step in becoming a playoff contending team. Returning all of the talent from a season ago, adding depth to each side of the football through free-agency, and receiving the highest grade in the draft turned some heads of big names in the football world. I was one of them (however, I am not a big name...yet).[11.21.16 - The 7th Report - EPISODE 50 by The 7th Report]
Gus Bradley seemingly had a different game plan today. The Jacksonville Jaguars average 19.5 rushes for 87.6 yards per game. That is the trend so far this season. However, today the Jaguars ran the football 37 times for 183 yards. This was a surprise to everyone. One of the reasons offensive coordinator Greg Olsen was replaced by quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett was the lack of rushing attempts. The team has ran the football more the last several weeks under Hackett.
Despite the commitment to the run game, the Jaguars still fell short against the Buffalo Bills; losing 28-2. Jacksonville's biggest weakness was giving up plays over 15+ yards today. The Buffalo Bills had four of them; two resulted in touchdowns. It is also how you out-gain a team in net rushing years (183-153) and win the time-of-possession battle (33:35; 26:25) and still lose the game. This game can be summed up in one phrase, "A tough pill to swallow".
The Denver Broncos come to Jacksonville next Sunday for the week 13 matchup.