The Jacksonville Jaguars, with four games to go, languish two back of two teams in front of them.
At 4-8, this is a team that has to win out. However, what are the chances of Gus Bradley putting that kind of winning streak together?
Sunday, we find out a lot about where this team is, as we approach the end of Year 3.
Bradley’s Jaguars have, against the Indianapolis Colts, some key advantages.
1A wideout, Allen Hurns, should be back on the field, as the Bortles offense will have its full complement of skill players.
Meanwhile, the Colts have at least one more week of Matt Hasselbeck behind center, as Andrew Luck is still healing from a Whitman’s Sampler of injuries.
The Pittsburgh Steelers found a way to make Hasselbeck look like a backup in their house last week. He’s starting to look like a 40-year-old out there. The Jaguars, theoretically, should be able to take elements of the Steelers’ approach in getting to the Colts’ quarterback and forcing some mistakes.
Practically, however, this is the squad that gave up 42 to the Tennessee Titans.
They’ve got to win tomorrow, if the Jags want to have any credibility going into a fourth year of the Bradley regime.
Can they stop the run?
Can they get the Colts off the field on third down?
Can they dominate time of possession and win the turnover battle?
Can they stop Tight End Coby Fleener and Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton?
Can they keep Frank Gore in check, and preferably off the field?
The common thread to these questions: can they execute?
Or, if only for symbolic purposes, will heads have to roll?