Things can change quickly from one month to another.
After a loss against the San Francisco 49ers in London on Week 8 of the NFL regular season, the Jacksonville Jaguars were 0-8 and most experts were already considering the team as a lock to pick first overall in next years’ draft. Fast forward a whole month and now the Jags are 4-9, riding a three-game winning streak and have won four of their last five games.
Several things have clicked in recent weeks for the team. The offensive line is doing a better job protecting Chad Henne, who has now thrown four touchdown passes in the last two games, the defense is constantly improving and the receivers have been able to make plays when it counts like Cecil Shorts III did against the Cleveland Browns.
The biggest reason for the improvement, however, has been the creativity the team has display on the offensive side of the ball.
Last week, Maurice Jones-Drew dressed himself as a QB and threw a TD pass to Mercedes Lewis, and yesterday against the Houston Texans, rookie Ace Sanders did the same thing finding Jordan Todman for a 21-yard score. These two plays have been only the blueprint of what the Jags are trying to do on offense as their routes have been better, their rushing attack is getting more efficient and the team looks overall much more solid than at the start of the season. Lots of the improvements can be accredited to offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.
Head coach Gus Bradley is doing a great job with a roster that’s severely depleted. While it’s unlikely that the Jags will make the playoffs, they are surely building momentum as the AFC’s hottest team in recent weeks. And if they continue being this effective through the rest of the season, they could cause a few upsets in their last games.