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Jacksonville Jaguars must win in Tennessee Sunday

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It’s been a good run for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but here’s the reality. At 4-7, they’ve lost too many winnable games, and now have nothing but must wins stretched before them through the rest of the season.

This includes Sunday’s tilt at Tennessee.

The offensive players, specifically Blake Bortles and his targets, have catalyzed many fantasy football teams toward playoff runs. Which is great; there have been years where that couldn’t have been said.

The Jaguars, however, are two games off the pace. And they are missing one key component of their attack in Allen Hurns, the talented wideout who will be out with a concussion.

In terms of games to miss, it could be worse. Hurns was held to 3 catches for 19 yards last time out against the Titans.

Meanwhile, a less key component, tailback Toby Gerhart, was put on Injured Reserve on Saturday, and most observers see this as the end to Gerhart’s underwhelming Jaguars’ career, in which he ran for 370 yards.

In two seasons.

The Jags beat the Titans two weeks ago on Thursday night, and Tennessee and its head coach Mike Mularkey aren’t going to want to get swept by Jacksonville. Jacksonville can expect a heavy dose of Titans Tight End Delanie Walker, one of the most underrated elite TEs in the NFL, and odds are that they will be throwing to stay on pace.

Expect Allen Robinson to be double covered at wideout, and don’t expect much from running back T.J. Yeldon, who didn’t exactly get loose against this Titans’ squad two weeks ago.

This leaves it to two men who have been injured much of the year, Marquise Lee and Rashad Greene, to step up and produce from the wideout position. As well, tight ends Julius Thomas and Marcedes Lewis will have to make their presence known.

The Jags recently broke a 13 game road losing streak, so at least that’s not hanging over them this time out. The reality is though that they need to get out ahead of Tennessee early, and some unknown commodities will have to step up, show and prove.

A.G. Gancarski has written a weekly column for Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly since 2003. His writings on politics, culture, and sport have appeared in the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and the American Conservative. His radio and TV appearances include frequent contributions to WJCT-FM (Jacksonville’s Public Radio station); additionally, he has been a guest on Huff Post Live and the Savage Nation radio show. Gancarski can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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