As the Jacksonville Jaguars get ready to enter the final four games of their schedule tonight, let’s talk about how both sides of the ball did in the third quarter of the season.
Every game in the third quarter has been separated by six points or less — a three-point defensive meltdown against the Indianapolis Colts, a four-point offensive meltdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, an entire team meltdown against the Buffalo Bills, and then Cody Kessler winning his first game last week in a rematch against the Indianapolis Colts.
Let’s take a deeper look though and go past the “we’re 1-3 over the last four games” and see how the team has performed the last quarter.
We’ll be grading the offense and defense separately through the week and up first — the offense!
Alfie Crow (@AlfieBCC)
Over the past three games the Jaguars have just over 300 passing yards, combined. Outside of Leonard Fournette, the offense has been less than spectacular, to put it nicely. It didn’t improve really with Cody Kessler at quarterback last week so we will see what happens on Thursday, but outside of the first Colts game it’s been beyond awful.
Ryan Day (@ryaneatscake)
The offense is, to put it mildly, bad. If Leonard Fournette is not in the game and Blake Bortles is under center, you can kiss the game goodbye — which is great and a fun thing to watch every Sunday. The offensive line is allowing a lot of pressure, the backup quarterback is now the starter, the receivers look lost, and the tight ends are pawns. The only bright side is the running backs. Fournette has done okay in the third quarter of the season but with all the injuries up front he hasn’t had much of a chance.
Jon Kirland (@BCBCouch)
To take from the immortal words of the Chappelle Show character Silky Johnson, what more can be said about the Jaguars offense that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan? They look bombed out and depleted. Leonard Fournette being back for a couple of games was fun, until he decided to go full Ron Artest, which you never want to do. There are no good offensive linemen left after this quarter eliminated Linder and Norwell. The only positive is we finally moved on from Blake Bortles, but that’s such a big positive that it gives this quarter a solid C from a F.
Ryan O’Bleness (@ryanobleness)
The Jags have averaged just 17.25 points per game in the last four games, with Blake Bortles at the helm for three of those games and Cody Kessler leading the offense to just six points in his first start last week (which was enough thanks to the defense). Leonard Fournette returned from injury during this last quarter, and it’s clear the offense runs a lot better when he is healthy. He returns from his one-game suspension this week, and will hopefully take some pressure off of Kessler. Injuries have depleted the offensive unit, especially along the offensive line. Inconsistent play from the quarterback, wide receiver and offensive line positions have plagued this team, though. The offense has been holding this team back all season. We will see how things go in these final four games with the recent change at quarterback and offensive coordinator, but I don’t believe Kessler to be the long term answer.
Brian Fullford (@iambwf)
Blake Bortles: Benched. Nathaniel Hackett: Fired. Lost to Colts the first time because you couldn’t hold onto a pass. Lost to the Steelers because you couldn’t get a first down. Lost to the Bills because your best player is undisciplined…and your offense can’t get a first down. Beat the Colts the second time with a backup quarterback grateful for elite play from his defense.
I don’t want to talk about the offense anymore.
Filip Prus (@JaxonFil)
Let’s face it, they’ve been awful in this third quarter. So bad, in fact, that it led to the firing of the offensive coordinator and benching of a quarterback with a freshly minted contract extension. They’re decimated by injuries, sure, but so are a lot of teams in the NFL who are still competing. Even in their lone win of the quarter last week against the Colts, the offense was only able to put up six points. Against the Bills when they were moving the football a little buit and scoring points, Fournette self-imploded and got himself kicked out and suspended an extra week. The good news is there’s nowhere to go but up in the fourth quarter, and hopefully Cody Kessler and Scott Milanovich can get a little bit of a groove going with Fournette back in the fold.
What grade would you give the Jacksonville Jaguars offense for the third quarter (Weeks 10-13) of the season?
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