Coming off of their bye into week 10 of the 2013 NFL season, it legitimately looked like the Jacksonville Jaguars were a bad enough team to challenge the Detroit Lions of 2008 for records of incompetence by going 0-16 as they sat at 0-8 through the first half of their games. However, the Jags came off of their bye week and scored their first victory of the season. Since then, things have slightly changed for this team.
As the Jags took on the Cleveland Browns in week 13, the Jags had won two of their last three games and, though their defense had continued to look suspect, save for week 12 against the Houston Texans (who are also a wreck), the Jaguars offense has been looking solid and has been making things happen.
It was their offense that allowed them to win their third game in the last four weeks on Sunday as well. After allowing a 95-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon, the Jags got the ball with just under four minutes left in the game. Chad Henne and his crew then marched 80 yards down the field in a drive that culminated with a touchdown pass from Henne to Cecil Shorts to give Jacksonville the 32-28 lead with 40 seconds remaining, a lead which they held onto.
The most impressive part of the Jags’ win on Sunday was the fact that they were able to weather a surreal game from Gordon. Obviously being Brandon Weeden’s favorite target, Gordon finished the game with a monstrous 261 receiving yards on 10 catches while finding the end-zone twice also.
There are plenty of jokes that could be made about this Jags team, but with Henne at quarterback, you can never say this team doesn’t put up a fight. Even down big, this Jacksonville team continues to be pesky, which is largely why they’ve had a bit of success lately. They still aren’t a quality NFL team, but you have to respect their fight if nothing else.