Winning is fun and 43 days after their opening day win, the Jaguars finally found their second win of the season on national television against the Ravens, 12-7. Now the focus turns to a very important game against the team atop the AFC South standings, the Houston Texans.
Hypothetically speaking, a win against the Texans would put the Jaguars one game behind the division lead and they would hold tiebreakers over both teams ahead of them.
Now the key will be for the Jaguars to avoid laying an egg after a defensive masterpiece in week seven.
The victory over the Ravens was the 14th Monday Night Football game in Jaguars franchise history. While the team is 8-6 through those 14 games, they are 5-8 in the 13 following games. A short week presents a challenge for a team that doesn't get a day off to recover like they usually do.
The Texans embarrassed the Titans in week seven, 41-7, and would love to do the same to the Jaguars in week eight.
The difference between 2-6, three games behind a 5-3 Texans team and 3-5, just one game behind a 4-4 Texans team can't be understated. The intensity has to be maintained.