Week 11 The Buzz about the Jaguars

The first two weeks, it was great doing The Buzz, now it just sucks having to scroll down and down and down to find us. What’s “interesting” is to see who blames what part of the team. None of the rankers looked at the two halves of the game, which is good and bad I suppose. The first half would’ve dropped us to 32, but the second half up to 10th. The average score was a 23.

Comments in * are mine.

NFL

25 – Previous rank: No. 24

Listened to Doug Marrone after the Jags’ 29-26 loss to the Colts on Sunday. Marrone sounded less like a man defeated and more like a coach who wants to keep his locker room engaged. At 3-6, it would be easy for them to mail it in for the rest of the season. Yet, the Texans are far from unbeatable in the AFC South, while Jacksonville still carries the most talented roster in the division. The more concerning aspect of their record is the 0-3 division standing. What’s really odd about the Jags is that, while the elements that figure into their equation for success (ground game + solid defense = grind-it-out wins) were ready and healthy in Indy, the passing offense was actually what kept them in stride with the Colts. Blake Bortles threw a strike to Rashad Greene to extend a potential go-ahead drive, only to watch Greene put the ball on the carpet. Ruled down by contact, the replay booth overturned the call and Jacksonville flew home with a loss. Next up: Steelers.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)

High: 18

Low: 23

Last Week: 18

Week 10 Result: Lost at Indianapolis, 29-26

The Jacksonville Jaguars—once upon a time—ranked inside the top five in these power rankings.

Given how they’ve played over the last month-plus, that’s hard to believe.

Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts completes a five-game implosion that has taken the Jaguars from a 3-1 Super Bowl contender to a 3-6 pretender who now sits three games back of the Texans with a head-to-head loss to Houston.

The Jaguars are done. There isn’t going to be any trip to Atlanta. Or a trip to the playoffs.

The offense has been wildly inconsistent and prone to mistakes and turnovers. The supposedly stout defense has allowed at least 24 points in four of their last five games.

“This was it,” Davenport said. “Jacksonville’s last stand. A final chance to revive their lagging playoff hopes. Instead, Rashad Greene’s fumble in Indianapolis territory late was the perfect metaphor for this mess of a season. One more turnover. One more mistake. One more unforced error by a team that refuses to get out of its own way.”

Now, the Jaguars slot outside the top-20.

And they earned that ranking.

ESPN

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)

Week 10 ranking: 19

Defining stat: 8. The Jaguars have forced only eight turnovers through nine games. That ranks 25th in the league and puts them on pace to finish with 14 — which would be less than half of their total from 2017. The defense feasted on turnovers last season, finishing second in the NFL with 33, and scored an NFL-high seven defensive touchdowns. Those kind of big plays have been pretty rare this season — the Jaguars have scored just one defensive TD, and that came in the season opener — and it hasn’t helped a limited offense that hasn’t shown it’s capable of consistently putting long drives together. — Mike DiRocco

CBS

team logo26 They are the biggest flop of this season. From Super Bowl contender to 3-6 is not a good look for the coaching staff. ↓1 3-6-0

*that took a lot of thought*

MMQB

20. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-6)

Last Week’s rank: 18
Points in poll: 108
Highest-place vote: 15th (2)
Lowest-place vote: 25th
Last week: Loss at Indianapolis, 29-26
Next week: vs. Pittsburgh

*This took even more brain power and needed multiple people’s input. I need this gig*

The Score

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)

Previous Rank: 20

Currently last in the AFC South, Jacksonville’s shocking decline has been one of the top stories of the season. It doesn’t look like things will get better anytime soon. – Alessandrini

*some people shouldn’t put their name on these things, it’s embarrassing the lack of thought put in them*

Athlon Sports

25. Jacksonville Jaguars

Last week: 24

 

Doug Marrone has to be feeling the heat after going from the AFC title game to absolute afterthought the next season. Already some indications of blowing part of this roster up.

*what indications? The team has been decimated by injuries, the changes we’ve seen are filling holes from them. Trading Fowler wasn’t blowing the roster up, he wasn’t going to be around net season anyway.*

 

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