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Jaguars earn first victory of the season in London

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The Jacksonville Jaguars finally got into the win column on Sunday with a 30-27 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Wembley Stadium in London. With two of their three losses coming down to the wire, it was good to finally make plays at the end of the game that led to a win. Jacksonville sprinted out to a 17-6 halftime lead and had a chance to take full control, but two trips into Colts’ territory in the third quarter produced…

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Bucs made the plays to win; Jags, Dolphins did not

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Florida’s three NFL teams were all underdogs heading into their season-opening games. The Atlanta Falcons were three-point home favorites over the Bucs, while Miami was a 10-point underdog in Seattle and Green Bay was favored by five in Jacksonville. As we know, only the Bucs were able to come away with the upset win. There are fundamental reasons why: leadership, confidence and the ability to make plays at crucial times. The Dolphins played a strong defensive game, but that was…

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Close, but no cigar; Jags fall to Packers

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It was there for the taking. The Jacksonville Jaguars had the mighty Green Bay Packers on the ropes, but in the end, Green Bay ducked the knockout punch and escaped with a 27-23 victory Sunday at Everbank Field. The game was every bit as close as the final score indicated. It came down to the final seconds before it was decided. The biggest lead all day belonged to the Packers at 27-20 with 12 minutes left. Jacksonville hung in there…

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Saints down Jacksonville Jaguars in New Orleans home finale

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“Gus Bradley has never talked about the playoffs in his time with the Jaguars” – Random CBS Z-List Announcer When two 5-9 teams meet, one thing is all but certain. One of those teams will end up 5-10. Less certain: one quarterback throwing for over 400 yards. And the other one (who had 368 yards himself)? Hit in the groin with a shotgun snap. The final score and final box score (larded with garbage time production) might lead one to…

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For Jacksonville Jaguars, is there motivation left for 2015?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have their penultimate game of this football season at 4:05 on Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints. While there apparently is a path to the playoffs that involves the Colts and Texans losing out and the Jags winning out, it’s hard to get excited about that given the opportunities the Jags have had and blown this year. The Jaguars: a 5-9 team that could have been 9-5. Instead, Sunday’s game will be more of interest to…

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Jaguars fall to Falcons in Jacksonville home finale

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“One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.” ~ C.S. Lewis Before finishing the season with two road tilts, the Jacksonville Jaguars needed a win in their home finale, before taking one of those roads out into the wilderness for the rest of the season. A 6-8 record and a tie for second place in the division was on the line. For optimal effect, the Jags needed the Texans to win in Indy. The Texans did…

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Trap game for Jacksonville Jaguars?

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Is Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons a trap game for the Jacksonville Jaguars? (And how bizarre is that concept to contemplate?) Consider the following: Matt Ryan, Falcons quarterback, is having the worst year of his career, and the last few weeks have been the kind of death spiral that fuels trade rumors. Ryan and the Falcons got shut out in Carolina last Sunday, in a 38-0 laugher that wasn’t as close as the score. Ryan is a dome quarterback,…

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