The Buzz about the Jacksonville Jaguars
Each week we will give you a look around the NFL on where they rank/grade the Jags. Today, the Jaguars are the cream of the AFC crop. Sports Illustrated is at the bottom. Enjoy!
He obviously didn’t watch game because that interception went off his receiver’s hands. If he means he Bortled because it was dumb luck (like one off a cleat), then yes, he Bortled.
#2 Previous rank: 5
The Jags authored a freaking statement in Florida on Sunday. Jacksonville dominated the first half against the Patriots, then suffocated Tom Brady and the offense when it had to, i.e., when Blake Bortles— who was otherwise quite effective — pulled a Bortles with an ill-timed turnover. Following Bortles’ interception early in the fourth quarter, New England was threatening to claw within one score — when the AFC’s deepest defensive group showed up. Dante FowlerJr., who missed all of his rookie year with a knee injury and who is often viewed as an afterthought among his uber-talented teammates, tore around the edge, pulling off the pass rusher’s hat trick: the sack, the strip and the recovery. People had better start giving Doug Marrone the same kinds of props the Sean McVays of the world get.
#2. Last Week’s Rank: 5
The Jaguars clearly were the better team Sunday against the Patriots, signaling that they are here to stay as a top AFC contender following last season’s playoff run. When QB Blake Bortles plays like he did Sunday, the Jaguars are next to impossible to beat. But can he play consistently well?
#1 Previous rank: 5
1. Jaguars: Took NFL royalty to the woodshed — their 11-point defeat of New England wasn’t really that close — without injured Leonard Fournette’s help.
2018 record: 2-0
Week 2 ranking: 5
The Jaguars knocked off the defending AFC champion Patriots at home, and they now have won six straight games in Jacksonville by an average of 15.7 points per game. That is their longest home win streak since winning six straight in 2005-06, and they get to host the Titans in Week 3. — Joey Koontz
#3, Last week 5.
There’s no question which NFL team had the most impressive outing of Week 2.
It’s not just that the Jacksonville Jaguars avenged last year’s AFC Championship Game loss with an 11-point win over the Patriots at home. It’s how the Jaguars did it—and the fact that the game wasn’t as close as the score indicates.
With Leonard Fournette sidelined by a bad hammy, the Jaguars went with a pass-heavy approach that featured lots of quick throws. The result was a huge outing for Blake Bortles, who scorched the Patriots for 377 yards and four scores.
Jacksonville’s defense was, well, Jacksonville’s defense. Tom Brady was held to 234 passing yards with two touchdowns and a lost fumble, and Jalen Ramsey relegated star tight end Rob Gronkowski to milk carton status—two catches for 15 yards.
This was a statement game in every sense of the word, and the statement it sent was clear…
The Jaguars are the best team in the AFC.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-0 (last week: 5)
The Jags dropped a big statement in dragging down the Patriots. They are the new AFC heavyweights with an offense and defense built to go at least as deep as it did last season.
Jaguars fans were probably having flashbacks to the AFC Championship game when Jacksonville took a 24-10 lead into the fourth quarter on Sunday, but unlike January, the Jags didn’t blow it this time thanks to Blake Bortles. The Jaguars quarterback threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns and arguable outplayed Tom Brady. One big reason the Jags were able to pull off the upset is because they converted 10 of 14 on third down, which kept Brady and the Patriots offense off the field.
And now a quick spin around the internet to see what people are saying about YOUR Jacksonville Jaguars:
“The Jacksonville Jaguars‘ senior vice president of football administration and technology was calling cornerback Tre Herndon and his agent, hoping to convince the former Vanderbilt player to sign as a free agent. Even though it would be an uphill battle to make a roster that already included All-Pro cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye and former first-round pick D.J. Hayden, Herndon agreed. Herndon eventually made the 53-man roster and has played 33 snaps on special teams, with one solo tackle and an assist in the Jaguars’ victories against the Giants and Patriots.”–Michael DiRocco
“Myles Jack was returning to his locker Sunday after getting a shower following a 31-20 victory over the New England Patriots. He scanned the chaotic room full of reporters, and began talking out loud so everyone could hear.
“We got a lot of new media in here,” said Jack, the Jaguars third-year linebacker. “You weren’t expecting to be in this locker room, huh?” Then he paused, adding: “They weren’t here last year. They weren’t here two years ago either. But they’re here today.”
Jack’s spot-on assessment of the Jaguars’ locker room scene — in the aftermath of their first victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty — was a telling sign of how much the narrative for this previously ignored franchise is changing.”–Gene Frenette
“Now, in his second season, Cole has the confidence of a savvy veteran and is quickly becoming the go-to receiver for the Jaguars (2-0).
Cole had seven receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in the team’s 31-20 victory against New England on Sunday. He delivered the most impressive catch of his career and quite possibly the best one in the NFL this season, a one-handed grab down the sideline that prompted TV analyst Tony Romo to compare him to Odell Beckham.”–via Associated Press and USA Today
1. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0)
Last Week’s rank: 6
Points in poll: 250
Highest-place vote: 1 (3)
Lowest-place vote: 3 (1)