Connect with us

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gameday- Jaguars can clinch AFC South with win at San Francisco

Florida Football Insiders



Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

“It comes down to this….” That’s a favorite sportscaster/announcer cliche’, but it’s also very appropriate for the Jaguars bid to win the AFC South and host a playoff game. For you see, a Sunday victory (or a Titans loss) will clinch the division for the first time since 1999 for the Jags.

So now for the full preview of Sunday’s Game:

Why to watch

As we mentioned above, it gets no bigger than clinching the division and thereby, playing at home in the playoffs coming up. The Jaguars have worked hard to get to 10-4 and already have a playoff spot locked up. However, they can’t be satisfied with that alone. To really have a shot to advance, you want to be hosting playoff games. So victory at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, will guarantee that. Now, as we mentioned previously this week, the Tennessee showdown with the Rams will be played at 1 p.m. Eastern in Nashville. So, the Jags may have a good idea whether the Titans have won to keep there hopes alive or if they have bottomed out/lost to L.A. and the Jags will have clinched without playing.

In any event. This is the biggest moment/time period for the franchise since George W. Bush was the President in 2007 (last playoff appearance). How will the Jags handle it all? Will a 49ers team that has won three in a row spoil things for Jacksonville? We’ll see.

Key Matchup

Since inserting QB Jimmy Garappolo into the starting lineup, the 49ers are 3-0 and he’s lead them brilliantly. He led the game winning FG drive in the final seconds at Chicago in game one. Then, threw for 334 yards in the win at Houston and another 371 yards in the victory at home over Tennessee last week.

As we documented earlier this week, the Jaguars defense has been stout and leads the NFL in sacks with 51. Can the Jacksonville pass rush, against what is a shaky 49ers O-line, create havoc for Garappolo? Or will the new leader, who’s provided a shot in the arm for first year coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense, work more magic against the Jags?

There’s no bigger hope for San Francisco to pull off the win.

Statistically Speaking

The West Coast has traditionally been a nightmare for the Jaguars. How bad? How about 2-11, lost your last seven in a row, bad? Yeah, that’s the situation that Doug Marrone and team are up against.

Of course, the 2017 Jaguars have been ending some bad trends this season. This includes going to London and blasting the Ravens in week two. And traveling to Pittsburgh for a five interception 21 point victory over the Steelers.

Still, traveling out West to the Arizona desert two weeks ago was not kind, as former Jags QB Blaine Gabbert led a 27-24 Cardinals triumph.

The Jaguars actually chose not to come to the San Francisco Bay Area Friday like a lot of other NFL teams do. Instead, Marone insisted that the previous staffs he’s been on and research his strength and nutritional people have done shows: there’s no real advantage on the body clock or rest to coming out Friday instead of Saturday.

Will it make a difference? If it does, and Jacksonville pulls off the win, it’s history making.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars QB Bortles doesn’t mind you coming over to his place

Florida Football Insiders



Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars are “riding high” early on in the season after an impressive win against New England. Everyone is obviously loose, because of the success in 2017, and now, back-to-back wins to start this year have given a sense of confidence to the young squad.

An embattled fifth year quarterback Blake Bortles is on a serious uptick in his own playing career. Off yet another surprising game Sunday, where he threw for 376 yards and four scores in the 31 – 20 victory, Bortles has plenty of reasons to smile.

And, unusually, he has plenty of reasons to welcome total strangers who come to his door

Yes. You read that correctly.

Bortles made mention earlier this week about fans and even teammates coming to his house, unannounced, to “say hello,” maybe catch up on some Netflix and of course, talk about the success of the Jaguars.

Okay, we made the Netflix part up.

Still, for an NFL quarterback to make mention that he’s welcoming people to come see him at his home to talk up the team he plays for is definitely unusual.

Bortles elaborated jokingly to the media Wednesday after the Jaguars practice in preparation for their first meeting this season with the Titans:

“It’s a football town that loves their Jaguars, especially when they are playing well. You know, I don’t have a problem having a conversation with somebody at the door.” When asked whether the fans relate to him, Bortles continued, “I feel as though I relate to the city of Jacksonville and the people who live here….I’ve lived in Florida my whole life. I feel comfortable here. I’ve made a lot of friends here. Made a lot of good relationships. Really enjoyed being here.”

It’s a very juicy twist to the Bortles soap opera from a year ago, when Jags fans were ready to not only come to his front door, but pack all of his belongings and put them on a moving truck to get him out of town.

Yet, Bortles played steady and at times great football in the 2017 season, including Jacksonville’s stunning AFC divisional playoff win at Pittsburgh last year. He also played well in the AFC Championship Game resulting in a narrow lost to New England.

So, it’s understandable that Bortles has got the Jaguars fans filling up on his bandwagon, yet again.

However, one thing is for sure, in the NFL everything is fleeting and directly related to what you’ve done, lately. And with the Titans having swept the Jaguars a year ago, Bortles and his teammates know they have to get that corrected starting with Sunday’s home game at TIAA Bank Field.

Otherwise, any strangers at the Bortles home, who are decked out in black and teal uninvited, may not be as friendly coming up the driveway next week.

Continue Reading

Jacksonville Jaguars

Look who tops debut of our FFI “Power Rankings”

Jamil King



Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL and college football in full swing, we have had some surprises and shocks.
The whole state of Florida has gone unbeaten in the NFL.

UCF and USF look like they might be the best college teams in the state.

Blueblood FSU has landed flat on their faces, while Miami and Florida each suffered early season defeats.

A few weeks into the season, here are how things are shaping up with our “Power Rankings.”

5. Miami Hurricanes- The Canes came into the season with high expectations after having one of their best seasons in recent memory in 2017. The year didn’t start how they wanted it to with a severe loss to the LSU Tigers, who look like they might challenge the Tide for the SEC West crown. Miami bounced back with wins against Savanah State and Toledo. They will need QB Malik Rosier to improve if they want to win back to back Coastal titles.

4. Miami Dolphins- Surprise number one, so far, are the Dolphins. The Fins are 2-0 for the first time since 2013. The Dolphins have beat the Titans and Jets, so we can’t put them higher than fourth, but the start is impressive. Miami’s defense has been good, and contributions have come from all over, as we wrote Sunday. Ryan Tannehill has been doing a stable job at QB as well. The Dolphins get the 0-2 Raiders this week before two road games against Foe Tom Brady and the also surprising Bengals.

3. UCF Knights- The “National Champions” check in at the number three spot this week. The Knights have cruised to victory twice so far this season. QB Mckenzie Milton looked unstoppable against the UConn Huskies, but wasn’t at his best against South Carolina State. The Knights got unlucky with Hurricanes again this year and lost out on playing an ACC opponent (North Carolina) yet again. UCF will play FAU this week before finally getting to play a power five school in Pittsburgh at home.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Surprise again, with Tampa Bay at number two. Can you feel the “Fitzmagic?” The Bucs sure can, as the 14 year vet has shredded the Saints and Eagles. The Bucs are at 2-0 for the first time since 2010. Todd Monken has done wonders for the offense with the playcalling, as well. With a Monday night date with the Steelers can the Bus keep it going on National Television?

1. Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jags claim the top spot this week coming in at 2-0 as well. The Jags are here partly to last season’s success, but not just that. The defense has done its job so far, but Blake Bortles was on fire vs. the Patriots. If Blake can continue to play the way he did against New England, then this team can become even more dangerous.

Continue Reading

Jacksonville Jaguars

Report- Jaguars LT Cam Robinson has torn ACL

Florida Football Insiders



Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The news is not all good coming out of the Jaguars week two win over the power house Patriots.

Second-year left tackle Cam Robinson suffered a left knee injury in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

And as the NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported first Monday morning, it’s the worst possible news for him:

Tha former second-round pick out of Alabama was anchoring the left side of the line and protecting quarterback Blake Bortles’ blind-side. Jacksonville and coach Doug Marrone were particularly eager to have Robinson develop more with veteran left guard Andrew Norwell, whom the Jags gave a huge contract to in free agency.

Now, Robinson is headed for the IR.

Robinson started all 16 games a year ago, and the first two games this season.

Undrafted four year veteran Josh Wells, took over for Robinson and play the remainder of the game on Sunday.

With the diagnosis of the ACL and Robinson lost for the season, the Jaguars now have to decide whether Wells is the long-term solution, as he’s never started an NFL game before in his career.

Continue Reading
Advertisement Big Savings for Big Fans at