The Jacksonville Jaguars head into Sunday against the Houston Texans for a pivotal AFC South matchup. While there shouldn’t be an illusions of the Jaguars making the playoffs this season, it’s an important divisional matchup and one that can stop the skip the Jaguars are on.
Sitting at 1-4 with the bye week just two weeks away, the Jaguars are entering what appears to be a dreaded "must win".
With a loss on Sunday, the Jaguars would fall to 1-5 on the season and be in the midst of a four-game losing streak, that could easily fall to five games no matter who the Buffalo Bills start in London next week.
It’s imperative the Jaguars win on Sunday because they’ve dropped back-to-back games they realistically should have won. It’s something in the Gus Bradley era the team has struggled with. Not just winning so much, but winning games you should win and not shooting yourself in the foot.
Right now, the Jaguars have arguably three games that they could have won that they did a lot to beat themselves. Be it turnovers, failed red zone trips, missed field goals or missed tackles; the Jaguars so far in 2015 have been a team that finds a way to lose.
On Sunday, they’ve got a chance to put a stop to that. They’re facing off against a Texans team that quite frankly has looked bad for most of the season. Not that the Jaguars have looked good by any means, but after Sunday the schedule only gets that much harder. There won’t be a softer stretch of games this year than an Andrew Luck-less Colts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Houston Texans. Realistically the team probably should have taken two of three in that stretch, but now they’ve got to claw to just pick up one of those games.
Getting to 2-4 isn’t going to save your season, but falling to 1-5 is going to virtually end it. Again.