What a Jags Win Like This Means

Posted: October 25, 2011 in Jacksonville Jaguars
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When you wipe away the glitter and drop the hype, the real beauty and secret of the NFL’s incredible success is simply the competition. Call it parity or whatever, but truly it is a league when on any given night . . . you get the point.

This was never on better display than Monday night at Everbank Field. The Jaguars-Ravens game had all the makings of a blowout. The Ravens came in 4-1 and owning one of the best defenses in the league. The Jaguars came in on a five-game losing streak and owning an embarrassing offense, the worst in the league.

So, naturally, the Jaguars won, 12-7. It may have been the finest defensive performance in Jaguars history. The Ravens had put together a string of games scoring 30-plus points, but on this night they didn’t get a first down until the third quarter. They had a total of 56 yards of offense until putting together a 90-yard drive in the fourth quarter than resulted in a touchdown with 3:20 to play. Were the Ravens simply inept on offense or was the Jaguars defense that dominating? A little of both.

The real story, however, was more proof that the NFL is not a league of “haves” and have-nots”. Obviously some franchises are better than others. Over the course of a season the best and worse are easily identified. But there are few easy games. There are no guarantees. I remember former NFL coach Lindy Infante talking about the year his 10-0 Packers lost to the 0-10 Colts and offering that as proof that it is more than coachspeak and clichés when coaches and players talk about how difficult it is to win the NFL.

So what’s ahead for the Jaguars? Can they turn around a bad season? Yes, they can, but don’t count it. The Jaguars are still a team with too many soft spots, most of them of offense. The wide receivers are mediocre at best. The offensive line is average at best. Rookie Blaine Gabbert has a long way to go to become a competent quarterback.

The victory likely means Coach Jack Del Rio will not be given a midseason pink slip, but don’t expect him to get a 10th season to coach the Jaguars. The victory further establishes placekicker Josh Scobee as a star. It is proof the earlier play of the defense was not a fluke.

It gives the Jaguars fans a reason for hope that things will get better.

But No. 1 it illustrates why the NFL is so successful. There’s no doubt that the violence, the gambling, the marketing, the television coverage and the fantasy aspect are major reasons for the league’s popularity. But it’s the incredibly thin line between winning and losing – the knowing that on any given night – that sells the NFL.


  1. peytonsneck says:

    “Oh, and I would like to recant my comments about Posluszny”

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