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Today at No. 6? Good Lord those uniforms suck.
Week 11 — November 19, 2015
YouTube won’t let me embed the video so you can view it here.
So... what did we learn about an absolutely disgusting Thursday Night Football game played in the most horrendous jerseys known to man?
1. This win means meaningful games post-Thanksgiving
For the first time in years, the Jaguars are legitimately in the hunt for the division title. For the first time in years, the team legitimately has momentum and confidence. It doesn’t matter what the state of the rest of the AFC South is, because for a young team to be in this position is huge. A loss to the Titans would have likely put the season to rest, but now the team has something more to play for instead of just shallow victories when the season is already lost, like prior years. The Jaguars had their first “big” game under Gus Bradley last night, and they did not disappoint.
2. Blake Bortles bounced back
For some reason, some people seemed disappointed with Bortles’ play after the game. He had one truly terrible throw (the interception) and slightly missed on a couple of other throws, but a 70 percent completion rate for 240 yards is a good outing, for anybody, especially considering he had one of his all time worst games just four days prior. The offense had issues scoring, but they were able to sustain drives and limit crucial mistakes, for the most part. This was a step in the right direction for Blake.
3. Need to figure out red zone woes if they want to make noise
If the Jaguars truly want to pull off the upset and take the division by storm to end the year, they need to figure out why they can’t score in the red zone and what they can do to fix it. It seems like every week the team figures out a new way not to score on the opponents goal line. Be it interceptions, or running Toby Gerhart four times into the back of his offensive line, or dropping touchdowns, or now ignoring T.J. Yeldon in favor of Denard Robinson. I think the team needs to keep Yeldon on the field and start calling for more play action and safer routes, but who knows how they adjust. All we know is they need to do something.
4. About time Demetrius McCray gets back on the field
Demetrius McCray finally saw meaningful snaps with the starting defense last night after Dwayne Gratz was near disastrous in the first half. The truth of the matter is, Gratz has been the worst starter on the defense throughout the season and has frequently been the favorite victim of the opposing quarterbacks. Had it not been for some serious miscues by the Titans offense, Gratz’s play could have cost the Jaguars big time. I am not sure if McCray replacing Gratz is a permanent fixture, but it should be.
5. I am sorry, Windmill
I have given Andre Branch a lot of grief over the last three years. A lot. But to close a huge win with a sack is one effective way to make me shut up.
Why the ranking at No. 6?
A gross game where both offenses looked out of sync and a fluke special teams play by Rashad Greene sets up the win in a truly forgettable game? Truly very Jaguars.
Winning a game on national television by only kicking field goals.