We rounded up the latest rankings, grades, etc and posted them here for you to see the buzz about the Jacksonville Jaguars. Strange how we win and get no bump. The rankers let the Titans loss color everything, but most raised NE* like their shellacking didn’t matter. It is what it is.
Previous rank: No. 4
The Jaguars roll along, rebounding from their narrow Week 3 loss to the Titans with another defensively inspired win over the Jets. As deftly as Doug Marrone’s defense performed, Sunday’s authoritative win was not delivered via a grab bag of interceptions and sacks. In fact, Jacksonville didn’t force any takeaways. The Jags merely stifled the offensively challenged Jets over the course of the afternoon. Actually, the only downsides were the turnovers by Jacksonville’s offense and the loss of RB Leonard Fournette. The latter issue is a wee bit concerning, because trust me, the Jags don’t want to get into a pass-happy aerial battle between Blake Bortles and Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs next weekend.
Then there’s this idiot from
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1, LW: 3)
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1)
Previous Rank: 4
Early-season AFC supremacy will be on the line next week when the Jags and Chiefs meet up in a clash of contrasting styles. – McClymont
*He has the Saints at 3, um, why???
Last Week: 6
Week 4 Result: Won vs. New York Jets 31-12
The Jaguars came into Sunday’s home game with New York with a bad taste in their mouths after a frustrating 9-6 loss to the Titans the week before.
Jacksonville took out those frustrations on the Jets.
Despite gaining just 3.7 yards a carry on the ground with Leonard Fournette banged up, the Jacksonville offense rolled—because for the second time in three games, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was razor-sharp.
Bortles threw for 388 yards and two scores in the win. In Davenport’s opinion, it’s Bortles, not Fournette or the Jacksonville defense, who will determine how far the Jaguars get in 2018:
“This is the second time in three weeks that the Jaguars have looked like the AFC’s best team. Last week they couldn’t crack 10 points. The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and the Jags are no different. When Bortles is on, this is a Super Bowl team. But if he isn’t, they look mediocre. No pressure, Blake.”
*tough to argue with this
The only reason this grade isn’t an “A+” is because the Jaguars’ offense got a little sloppy in the second half. The Jags turned the ball over three times in the half and the Jets ended up getting nine points off those turnovers. Of course, maybe they earned the right to be sloppy and that’s because they put 503 yards of total offense, which is the fourth-highest total in franchise history. Twenty-five percent of those yards came from Dede Westbrook, who caught nine passes for 130 yards.
*this is true, no turnovers and who knows what the Jets would’ve scored?
Week 4 ranking: 4
Rookie snaps leader: WR DJ Chark, 80 snaps out of 261 (30.6 percent). Chark was selected by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft but has caught just two passes so far. Among the 10 wide receivers selected in the first three rounds, only the Saints’ Tre’Quan Smith has fewer receptions (one). — Joey Koontz
*the comment is about ranking rookies, the #3 is the team.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1, LW: 4)
Leonard Fournette’s health is becoming a big issue. He had ankle problems at LSU and again last season. This year it’s his hamstring. He missed some time, then it tightened up on him Sunday early in his return and he had to leave the game. Not every second-year player who has had some bad luck with injuries is destined to be nagged by injuries his whole career, but it’s concerning with Fournette.
*in this hamstring article, Beth says hamstring injuries still can linger long after the patient feels pain-free.
5. Jaguars (3-1; No. 9): Doug Marrone may never “go for two” again, unless he has an itch in one very specific area of his anatomy.
*flips the bird at having the saints and ravens ahead – guess they forgot that defenses win championships. And a double flip at the 2 point thing, Jags fans hope he lays his anatomy on the table every week and scratches the hell out of them.
There you have the buzz, for what it’s worth. Our defense gets little respect, and Bortles gets none, but the Jaguars are 3-1. Only two teams are 4-0 and neither has a better defense.
I say they’re whacked, Jags should be #2, they’re the best AFC team. What say you?