Mark Brunell: Special teams cost Jaguars a home win

Jacksonville fans see 'same old Jaguars'

By Mark Brunell, News4Jax Jaguars analyst

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The inconsistency continues as the Jaguars fall to the Rams 27-17.  But it wasn't the offense and it wasn't the defense who shoulders the blame for this one. Special teams gave up two scores that were the difference in Sunday's game.

An opening kickoff return for a TD and a blocked punt for a TD were enough to beat the now 3-3 Jaguars. In addition, Jason Myers' three missed field goals didn't help any. A horrible day for our special teams.

The defense continued to play well. Defensive coordinator Todd Wash knew he had to limit running back sensation Todd Gurley as well has put pressure on the up and coming Jared Goff at quarterback.  He did just that. The defense held the Rams offense to only 13 points. They continue to stuff the run and get pressure on the QB. Don't expect that to change anytime soon.

The offense however didn't hold up their end of the bargain. After a 75 yard TD by Leonard Fournette in the opening play from scrimmage, there really wasn't anything to get excited about. Blake struggled for most of the game and after the first quarter didn't seem settled in the pocket. He fumbled twice which were fortunately recovered by us but the interception in the 4th quarter was frustrating to watch.

The most concerning part of the football game was Leonard Fournette getting hurt in the 4th quarter. I don't even want to think about what this football team looks like without its star running back in the lineup.  

Here we are after six weeks of games and we STILL don't know who we are.  Its the only real consistency we've seen this season. One week we play like a playoff team and the next we are the same old Jaguars. If this continues, at least we are 8-8. I actually would take that at this point.

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Next week we travel to the Colts. Fortunately, they are a bad team. If history repeats itself, I expect the Jags to rebound and absolutely dominate. That WILL leave us at 4-3 and still in position to make it into postseason. But then again, who knows?

Regardless, we will continue to cheer for this football team and hope for the best.  Go Jaguars!

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