What is about Everbank Field that has the Jaguars putting forth such an embarrassing effort? Here are some headstones (opposite of milestones in my book) from the Jaguars home efforts.
- They have yet to break 70 yards rushing at home. Their opponents? They have yet to rush for less than 130 yards.
- The Jaguars just broke the 200 yards passing mark yesterday, with 215. Over half of those yards came in the 4th (118 yards), when the game was all but over. The opposition meanwhile has only dipped below 200 yards once, and on that day, they ran for more yards on the ground.
- Points wise, the Jaguars highest point total came yesterday in garbage time, with two Blaine Gabbert touchdown passes. It’s a shame that these will count for him, stat wise. There has to be a stat that can measure the weight of a score in a game, like a touchdown or field goal when the game is still at hand.
- The Jaguars allow 31.5 points at home, compared to the anemic 8.5 egg they lay every time the crowd gathers at Everbank Field.
Jacksonville seemed poised to have a repsectable season, but through the first four games at home, it seems they’ve only given fans a great reason to stay home (of all places) and watch the massacre on TV. At least when they whip their drink at the TV screen, they won’t hit anyone. Well, except their loyal dog, Sparky. Sorry, Sparky.
The Jaguars on the road look like a team making strides. They lost two games by 3 – in overtime no less, and one game by nine points. Their only other road game was a win in the final minute of the game. Yes, the Jaguars are one play from being 0-8 at the halfway point during the season. Pro football is a funny sport in that things can change from week to week, but by this time of the season, you can realize what kind of team your fielding.
Jacksonville has a team that manages to play more relaxed on the road in front of a hostile crowd. At home, they seem like a child at a piano recital. They seem afraid of making a mistake, and once they fall behind or commit a turnover, things just compound until the Jaguars find themselves behind double digits.
This Thursday, Jacksonville faces their fourth winning team of the five that have visited the First Coast. The good news is that this team is 1-2 on the road. Even better is that Jacksonville gave them their only home loss. But, the bad news is that this team’s rookie QB has made large strides and gone 4-1 since that Week 3 loss.
If you don’t know by now, Indianapolis is coming to town … and Jacksonville just may have a shot at winning. This is their only game where they have the complete and undivided attention of the nation. Couple that with an excited crowd and pumped up team, and the Jaguars still yet to unleash a complete game … I mean, this would be the best possible scenario, right?
Luck can’t get the passing game going, Gabbert makes a few key throws , the Jags defense makes some great plays and the fans are in rare form.
I’m still holding out hope that Jacksonville can put together an inspirational game at home, even if it means ruining their draft chances.
They owe their fans and most importantly, themselves.
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Written by Michael Reid