Week 5 in the NFL is a week that is still chock full of optimism for most teams and fan bases. If there is at least one win in their record column, then it’s at least something to build on.
Even if said win was two weeks ago. In NFL years though, that’s a month and a half.
Which brings us to the Jaguars only home game in October and their final game before their bye week. Once again, they will face a team with a winning record. Jacksonville should be so lucky.
Da Bears bring a competent offense and a stingy defense to Everbank Field, and just like the Texans and Bengals, the team facing the Jaguars is just a better all around team, and one with legit playoff aspirations. Jacksonville would do well to learn from this week, because I think we’re in for a repeat of the first two home games. Jacksonville’s offense has barely gained any momentum during games, resulting in only 63 first downs, good for 29th (tied with Tennessee) in the league.
Chicago isn’t moving the chains a lot at 75, but their defense has helped them out by holding teams to only 67 yards on the ground per contest. And with Blaine Gabbert not showing himself to be much of a threat through the air, the Bears can turn their attention to MJD, who is 7th in the league in rushing yards. If Jacksonville can’t manage a rushing attack, we’ll be seeing a steady dose of three and outs, mixed in with the occasional first down. Maybe a field goal if the offense can put together a decent drive.
Even though the third time is a charm, I just don’t see Jacksonville putting up any more of a fight that they did against Houston or Cincy. Chicago may be a shaky team at times, but their defense can be a saving grace for them should the offense stall. Jacksonville, who gives up nearly 400 yards per game, can’t afford to place all the onus on one side of the ball. Even with the extra tarp out to seat extra fans, it just means even more people have to endure a dismal performance by Jacksonville if the same Jaguars team shows up this Sunday afternoon. And until fans see a change, there’s no reason to think otherwise.
Chicago 20, Jacksonville 6
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Written by Michael Reid