Our Beloved Jaguars Have A Winning Record For The First Time Since 2011
Let me Papa Doc myself before we get going. I know that this is week one and that weird things can happen in week one. Teams that look great in week one can actually be trash. I’m fully aware that it’s pathetic to be so exited about my traditionally bad team looking good in one week. I know that the Jaguars have never won a Super Bowl. I know that.
That being said, I can’t be the only person who sees the Jaguars going undefeated for the rest of the year right? Currently, they are on the pace to do it. That’s just a fact.
Let’s dive into just how they accomplished beating down the Texans.
1. The Houston Texans’ offensive line is a travesty. I think the Jaguars defense is improved but not to the point where they should get 10 sacks in one game. Calais Campbell had four sacks on his own. Actually good!
2. The Jaguars have some thumpers in the back half of the defense. Jalen Ramsey, AJ Bouye, Barry Church, and Myles Jack were making people pay when they caught the ball over the middle. Five players ended up the concussion protocol.
3. The Jaguars could run the ball effectively on first down. Leonard Fournette didn’t have an insane debut where he made highlight types of play. He looked like an effective running back who allows the offense to move. 100 yards. Touchdown. A few receptions. Good debut.
4. Blake Bortles managed the game. He didnt throw any bonehead passes and looked like he was in control of his emotions. I’m not a huge stats guy but I would bet my life that it was Bortles first game where he didn’t get sacked or throw an interception. He did pat Allen Robinson on the leg after he tore his ACL but that’s ok.
Throwing for 125 yards and a touchdown isn’t setting the world on fire but Blake led two really important drives.
The first drive of note was on the first drive of the game. The Jaguars were playing in Houston, where they usually get dominated. They had lost six games in a row to the Texans. Houston’s stadium was louder than the playoff games because it was the first game post-Hurricane Harvey. Houston had all kinds of pre-game festivities. The Jaguars coming out and getting points on the first drive quieted down the crowd a little bit. If the Jaguars came out and allowed JJ Watt to get going, it would have been a long day.
After the half with the Jaguars leading 18-0, the Texans went to Desean Watson. Watson came in and led a 14-play drive that took 6 minutes off the clock. I was feeling nervous again. Desean looked elusive and it was the first time all day that the Texans offense had put anything together, albeit they were helped by 3 defensive penalties on third downs. When the Jaguars got the ball back, they drove the ball on a 10-play drive of their own and answered the score. It was all Jaguars from there on out.
It was the most fun I’ve had watching a Jaguars game in a long time. I can’t wait to be in Jacksonville next week with ole Francis.