In week 1, the Jaguars came back to lead the game late, but promptly blew the lead and lost in overtime. In week 2, the Jaguars were purely and completely outmatched by the Houston Texans in Jacksonville.
That’s all. Forget it.
This weekend, the Jaguars travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts. Last year, the Colts, operating without Peyton Manning, were a miserable shell of a team, but through the offseason, they’ve built a respectable squad lead by rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, seemingly improved their roster by adding offensive weapons, but to this point, their record remains unaffected by the personnel changes. In short, they’re still a losing team, and that doesn’t fly for long in the NFL.
It’s tough to forget to weeks of heartbreak. One week felt like an entire team’s heart was ripped out in Minnesota. The following week, the team just never really showed up. Two bad games with two different types of heartache.
As I said, forget it.
The Jaguars are catching one of the “weaker” parts of their schedule right now. I put quotes around the work weaker to indicate that this stretch isn’t easy, but relative to the rest of the schedule, it’s about as easy as it gets this season.
This weekend’s game against the Colts should tell us a lot about this team’s mental toughness as well as their physical toughness. Indianapolis fans are high on Andrew Luck, but the Colts still have a suspect defense without much of a running game. On paper, it’s the Jaguars game to win or lose.
Following the Colts game, the Jaguars host both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Chicago Bears in consecutive weeks at home leading into the Jaguars’ bye week. The Jaguars nearly beat the Bengals last year, and the Bears’ offensive line may be the worst line in the league. These aren’t “should win” games, but they’re certainly “winable” games.
Watching the Jaguars search for their identity while the Texans moved the ball up and down the field Sunday was no fun at all. The Jaguars have three games in a row that are great opportunities to prove they’re a different team than they were during the Jack Del Rio era.
It’s time to put up or shut up, and that starts this weekend in Indianapolis.