Keeping the Faith: Why Jaguars Fans Should Stay Optimistic

Wow! What a game—the only game that did not show a lot of points on Sunday and proved to be a disappointing outcome for Jaguars fans. I know people are pointing fingers and blaming lots of people on this team. However, I want everyone to calm down and look at this from a rational fan’s point of view. This is merely a one-off for Trevor Lawrence and this offense, and they will end up figuring this out to go on to have a good division-winning season.

First, let’s start with the negative point of this game, and that is the offense, mainly the offensive line. I don’t know how practice went because I was not there; I don’t have that level of access yet, but I can only imagine that mentally there was something off. Whether it was the physical preparation or the mental preparation, something seemed very inconsistent with their readiness against this chief's defense. Kansas City got to Trevor four different times, and you could see the immediate impact the pressure had on the passing game. Yes, Chris Jones is very good and is a game-changing player, but this trend cannot continue for the offensive line and Jaguars for the rest of the season.

This game was a game of inches, to say the least. While the Jaguars were 0/4 in the red zone, it is not like they turned the ball over or weren't close. The offense was a couple inches from winning the game 28-17 and making a huge statement in the NFL. This is a very encouraging thing for the team, as a couple things like that swing your way and the game result is completely flip-flopped. You can’t beat the Chiefs by kicking field goals all game, and if those touchdowns were converted, we are looking at a whole different ball game.

Next, let’s not shy away from how well the defense played against this potent Kansas City offense. The defense was something that was definitely in question coming into the season. They played well against the Colts and showed their talents against the Chiefs. This defense limited Patrick Mahomes to a relatively low amount of passing yards, especially since a lot of those yards were on the last drive, which really only put the game away for the Chiefs. This Jaguars defense had three total turnovers and held Kansas City to 4/13 on third down. This defense looks like a strong suit, and if the offender can come together, they are a force to be reckoned with.

In conclusion, this team is still 1-1 and plays the Texas in Jacksonville Week 2. I think there is no need for us to panic as a couple things go our way in that game and the Jaguars are 2-0. Our division is weak, and I have confidence in Doug Person to turn this thing around. No team is going to go undefeated, so this team has to learn how to lose, and they did lose to the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs. There are a lot of good teams that are 2-0 (Chargers, Vikings, Bengals, Broncos, and even the Patriots). The Jaguars could be in a much worse place right now, so let’s not panic and look ahead to beating the breaks off the Texans and putting this team back on the right track.

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