Week 4 Results: Lost 23-20 against the New York Jets
What it Means: Just when the Jaguars seem to be improving as a team by getting quality wins against the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens, they remind everyone that they are a young team still learning how to win. Nobody anticipated the New York Jets pulling out a win against Jacksonville, but Blake Bortles and the offense could not get the ball in the end zone and the game was only kept close thanks to a Myles Jack scoop-and-score. The Jaguars run defense gave up 265 yards on the ground, including 163 yards by Bilal Powell. QB Blake Bortles had a touchdown and an interception, but proved once again that he is incapable of putting the team on his back and carrying them to a win even against a team as bad as the Jets. Jacksonville has proven itself one of the more boom-or-bust teams in the NFL. Either they light up the scoreboard and shut down the opposing offense or their offense self destructs and they lose.
What’s Next: Jacksonville faces off against a 3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers team that hasn’t been as strong as anticipated through the first four weeks of the season. That said, Le’Veon Bell had his first really strong rushing performance of the season in Week 4 and if he, Antonio Brown, and Ben Roethlisberger are all on the same page, there are few teams in the league that can keep up in a shootout with Pittsburgh. If Jacksonville turns up ready to play on Sunday, this game should be kept close, but if Jacksonville turns in another performance like they did against New York, the Steelers will run away with this one.