Something tells me this week may be a little different for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Maybe it has to do with the week of rest during the bye week. Maybe it has something to do with the fact this team knows it is now without Justin Blackmon for the rest of the season and other players will have to pick up the slack.
Maybe it has something to do with the idea that this is a team, according to former Jaguars’ great Mark Brunell, that can win four of the remaining eight games of the season.
Whatever the reason, I believe there has to be some form of hope this team can play somewhat better on both sides of the ball.
I am sure at some point someone will wake me and tell me it was all a dream.
Reality set in long ago about Jacksonville. There is no magical 8-Ball to tell you differently. There is no playoff run. There is no surprise for the fans. There is no Tebow factor in any of this. And there is no way to state other than the obvious; it is the worst team in the NFL.
Now, after spending a week in London, they travel to the confines of Tennessee to face a better–than-average Titans team that is second in the AFC South and has thoughts of a winning record this season. Can this team, that underachieved last season, feast on the Jaguars like everyone else has this year? We all will see on Sunday.
Here are three bold predictions for the game.
Chad Henne throws three touchdowns
The guys on Football Nation told me to be bold – so I went bold.
Henne has made the Jaguars' passing game better since he began starting. He looks the part and while his numbers do not reflect it, this offense plays better with him in the lineup.
Henne still needs to eliminate the mistakes and costly decisions that have plagued both them and the receivers this season. Henne tends to leave points on the field and not on the scoreboard.
This week, he throws for 370 yards and three scores to show this team can move on without Blackmon in the lineup.
Chris Johnson runs for 200 yards
The flip side of all of this is that the Jaguars' line cannot stop anyone and it shows. Look for Chris Johnson to get a steady diet of the ball all game long.
Once Johnson can get through the first line of the defense, watch him move to second gear and then to daylight. He could have 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Jaguars win on last second field goal
This will probably be the signature moment of the season for this team. The Jaguars and the Titans all knotted up at 31-31 when Henne takes the team down the field and puts them in position to win the game on Josh Scobee’s leg.
Like in so many games over the years, Scobee connects from 42 yards and the Jaguars have their first win of the season.
Yes, I can dream – can’t I?