1) The running game needs the passing game. It really doesn’t matter who the running back is right now.
2) There is a pass rush after all. The Jaguars’ pass rush got just two sacks Sunday, but that number doesn’t come close to telling the story. The defensive front played its best game of the season, and got significant pressure on Carson Palmer. This was a step forward.
5) The Jaguars’ defense is still capable. The Jaguars were the No. 6 defense in the NFL last season. Until Sunday, they hadn’t looked close to that. For much of the game Sunday, they did.
6) Gabbert still has promise. People are tired of hearing about his potential, and they’re tired of just seeing flashes. But Sunday’s flashes were pretty bright right up until the injury. It’s the same old song, but Sunday looked like it had a chance to be progress.
7) The Jaguars are very, very young at wide receiver. We discussed Blackmon already, but Cecil Shorts is a second-year guy, too – and all that that implies. He had a 42-yard touchdown, his fourth huge play of the season, but also had a critical pass interference penalty and a late fumble that put the Raiders in field-goal range. The positive is he still looks like a bright spot this season.
11) The season is in trouble. We knew it already, but while 1-4 is tough, 1-5 is really tough. Green Bay is next. It will take one of the biggest upsets in franchise history to pull off a victory there. Nothing’s impossible in the NFL, but this will be a monster task.
12) The team hasn’t quit. As true as No. 11 is, this one’s equally true. The Jaguars were against an awful lot of odds Sunday, with their starting quarterback and starting running back out. They fought and nearly pulled off a victory. Things look bleak, but to say this team played without energy or emotion is missing the point.