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Jaguars not hitting panic button after loss to Cardinals

Jacksonville preparing for meaningful games in Dec. for first time in a decade

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A couple of days after Thanksgiving the Jacksonville Jaguars were served a piece of humble pie by the Arizona Cardinals. The 27-24 loss leaves the Jaguars tied with the Tennessee Titans for first place in the AFC South with a record of 7-4.

Sunday was the first time the Jaguars had suffered a defeat since Oct. 15 against the Los Angeles Rams. A win against the Cardinals would’ve made it five straight wins for Jacksonville. In spite of the loss the team doesn’t feel they needed a wakeup call.

“I think we do a pretty good job of keeping perspective in this locker room,” said Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis. “They made more plays than we did at the end of the game to win.

The 27 points scored by Arizona was tied for the largest amount the Jaguars have surrendered this season. Over their four game winning streak Jacksonville allowed 7.75 points per game.

“A lot of things in that game are things we can control,” said Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson. “We had a few mistakes as far as giving up plays. The good thing about that is we can fix those things and control the outcome. That’s what we have to do. We just have to get better and fix those problems because we have a good Colts [Indianapolis] team coming in that will try and do some of the same things that we gave up.”

It’s been a decade since the Jaguars last played meaningful games in December. On Sunday they’ll face the Colts for the first of three straight home games. With five games left the Jaguars know if they win out they’ll win the AFC South and host a home playoff game.

“Personally it’s great because for me this is a new situation,” said Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny. “It’s awesome for us to put in the work that we did during the offseason and training camp to get this point. So now we say ok let’s continue that. Everything that we do matters a lot. We have to focus everything we have on this coming Sunday and go from there.”