The Jacksonville Jaguars are usually just playing out the string by Thanksgiving. The team hasn’t had a winning season since 2007, and they’ve averaged 11 losses per season each year since then. That is not the case in 2015. After a big win over the Titans last Thursday, Jacksonville is still in the hunt for a playoff spot, despite not getting any help on Sunday. With the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans both winning Sunday, the Jaguars chances of being tied for first place going into this Sunday’s game against San Diego, went by the boards. That said, the Jaguars (4-6) sit in third place, one game behind the Colts and Texans, who both sit at 5-5. Jacksonville has lost one game to each team, but they have one game remaining against each team.
The Jaguars have won two consecutive games for the first time since 2013, but have a long way to go, as they start to turn the corner toward relevancy. For the first time in a long time, the media is talking about the Jaguars in a positive way. Guys like Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports have talked about the growth of quarterback Blake Bortles and the fact that the Jaguars are an up and coming team. Coach Gus Bradley knows they have a long way to go, but the players’ attitude is good and that will go a long way.
“I guess we’ll wait and see, “That will be the talk, Bradley said in an ESPN.com article. “They’re sure saying the right things and acting the right way. In the locker room, in our talk, [a] couple of players said some things to the team that I thought were spot on. “Your actions are going to reflect it. It think when we come back and go back to work, I think that my mind is of the idea that they’ll come ready to go and work because they’ve shown us nothing otherwise. That’s always a challenge. I have great faith in them, but that’s something we’ll watch as a team and make sure that we’re keeping it tight and going in the right direction.”
Jacksonville has a chance to make waves, coming down the stretch. They have the second easiest schedule in the NFL in the last six weeks. It starts this week at home against San Diego (2-8) and is followed up by a visit to Nashville, to take on the Titans for the second time in two weeks. Another division showdown on December 13 against the Colts, before two games against the Falcons (6-4) and Saints (4-6). The regular season ends against the Texans on January 3.
With a quarterback in Bortles, who admits he needs to cut down on the mistakes including the turnovers that have plagued him all season, along with two wide receivers in Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson that have all the potential in the world and are being talked about nationally, together with rookie running back T.J. Yeldon who has shown flashes of brilliance this season, the team is definitely on the right track. The Jaguars have given the city of Jacksonville and fans around the country, a reason to be cautiously optimistic, in 2015 and beyond. There is a long way to go this season, but for the first time in many years, the Jags’ fans have a reason to watch this team until seasons’ end. It should be fun.