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INDIANAPOLIS — Right here is how you understand coach Doug Marrone is working onerous to rescue the Jaguars from the beforehand unimaginable depths of a five-game shedding streak: After the most recent of these defeats, a 29-26 consequence sealed in favor of the Colts when Jags wideout Rashad Greene fumbled away the ultimate drive simply earlier than touching the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium, Marrone advised us, “Sadly, we lead the league in reception fumbles.”

You need to know your staff extremely properly to have that stat helpful.

Additionally, your staff has to steer the league in fumbles after receptions.

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Jaguars nearly out of AFC hunt

These Jaguars will not be the staff that just below 10 months in the past was plowing by means of the Steelers protection in a highway playoff recreation after which coming inside a smidge of a first-ever Tremendous Bowl look in a slender AFC championship recreation loss to the Patriots. It’s not even the identical staff that two months in the past buried New England with 21 first-half factors on its technique to a 3-1 begin.

Sunday afternoon, the Jags allowed Indianapolis 29 factors within the first half. Final season, they did not enable that a lot in 14 of their 16 regular-season video games. That they in the end held the Colts scoreless all through the second half gave Jacksonville an opportunity to tie or win on a last drive. Greene’s blunder wrecked that chance, however it’s tough to win when your protection is enjoying that poorly.

And let’s not faux the Jax D turned dominant; its one interception got here when Colts tight finish Mo Alie-Cox dropped a simple move immediately into the palms of linebacker Telvin Smith. Working again Nyheim Hines dropped a mushy Luck move that seemingly would have changed into an enormous achieve on the Colts first third-quarter possession.

“Clearly, we had some individuals working free, and a man like Andrew Luck clearly goes to seek out them,” Marrone stated. “We have simply bought to place a recreation collectively from starting to finish. We’ve bought to remain collectively and work ourselves by means of this.

“You speak about being a professional. You speak about having satisfaction. You speak about staying collectively as a result of should you don’t, it solely will get worse.”

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Jacksonville is the most recent staff to find how tough it may be to keep up excellence within the NFL.

Solely two years in the past, the Falcons have been a few numbskull selections away from profitable the Tremendous Bowl. They’re 4-5 now. The Eagles did win it final season. Now, with their star quarterback once more in uniform, they seem like a half-eaten bag of McDonald’s fries. In the event that they miss the playoffs, the Eagles will turn into the sixth Tremendous Bowl champs since 2005 to stumble so badly the next season.

“We have had some accidents, however we had accidents final yr, too,” quarterback Blake Bortles advised Sporting Information. “It’s numerous the identical guys on the market that have been part of that staff and that run that we had final yr, too. I feel there’s slightly confidence increase in understanding that.

“However the actuality is we’re 3-6 and misplaced 5 straight. So we have to get that stopped, get it rotated and end the season sturdy after which no matter occurs on the finish, occurs. This isn’t a staff that needs to be shedding video games like this.”

The accidents are a difficulty. Through the 2017 season, the staff’s spectacular protection had solely 4 misplaced video games amongst their starters. Cornerback A.J. Bouye coated half that previously two weeks. The offense, significantly the road, has had it even worse, together with heart Brandon Linder being carted off within the third quarter Sunday and left deal with Ereck Flowers departing across the similar time, each with knee points.

When star working again Leonard Fournette returned towards the Colts, he’d solely performed sufficient this season to achieve 71 yards dashing. Interval. No Jaguars again has topped 60 yards in a recreation, even after Fournette carried 24 occasions towards the Colts. He completed with simply 53 yards, although he did handle a 31-yard reception that helped push him previous the 100-yard mark in yards from scrimmage.

“I assumed we battled all recreation lengthy,” Bortles stated. “I feel you simply should depend on the character of the locker room. I do know the fellows who’ve been right here earlier than, previous to final yr, have been by means of related seasons.

“In no way is that the place we need to go or the place I consider we’re headed.”

NFL POWER RANKINGS:
Jaguars slip one spot after loss to Colts

When the Jaguars started this season, there was a sure cockiness to their strategy. They’d earned it, to an extent, with their dazzling 2017 season, however cornerback Jalen Ramsey maybe went a bit past the road between confidence and conceitedness in a GQ interview printed in August.

Among the many quarterbacks he trashed then, and he bought most of them, have been the Colts’ Andrew Luck (Ramsey stated he was not “that good”) and subsequent week’s opponent, Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers (“I feel he’s first rate at greatest”).

After Luck threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns, Ramsey had much less to say, answering most questions in regards to the recreation briefly.

He was requested if the Jaguars have been enjoying like “a determined staff, a staff with its season on the road” throughout their second-half comeback.

“I imply, that is how we have been feeling earlier than the sport,” he stated.

SN requested Ramsey whether or not the information the Jaguars have been a superb staff not even an entire yr in the past might help save this season.

“It is a completely totally different yr,” he stated. “So I don’t suppose final yr issues pertaining to this yr.”



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