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What We Learned: Bears 41, Jaguars 17


JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines what we learned from the Jaguars' 41-17 loss to the Chicago Bears at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville Sunday

1.The streak is historic. What began as a narrow Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans is now a 14-game losing streak, the Jaguars' longest in franchise history. Their previous longest losing streak was 13 – five games to end the 2012 season and eight to start the 2013 season.

2.The Jaguars hold the No. 1 overall selection … The Jaguars' loss to Chicago, coupled with the New York Jets' 23-16 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday, secured the Jaguars the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Jaguars are now 1-14 and the Jets are 2-13. If the teams finish tied at 2-14, the Jaguars would select No. 1 because of a worse strength of schedule.

3. … and that's historic, too. The Jaguars never have held the No. 1 overall selection in 26 previous drafts. They have selected No. 2 overall three times – 1995 (Tony Boselli, left tackle), 1996 (Kevin Hardy, linebacker) and 2013 (Luke Joeckel, left tackle).

4.The Jaguars are still searching for a quarterback … Mike Glennon's start at quarterback Sunday marked yet another change there this season, with Gardner Minshew II starting eight games (Games 1-7, Game 14), rookie Jake Luton starting three (Games 8-10) and Glennon starting four (Games 11-13, Game 15).

5. … and the answer is still not on the roster. Glennon completed 24 of 37 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions Sunday. He looked good for much of the first half, then two critical interceptions – one at the end of the second quarter and one in the third quarter – helped turn the game in Chicago's favor.

6.Ogunbawale is a capable backup. Jaguars fourth-year running back Dare Ogunbawale made his first NFL start for the Jaguars Sunday, rushing for 71 yards on 14 carries. "I thought he did a nice job; I really did," Head Coach Doug Marrone said. "He was running hard. I thought he did a nice job going in there."

7.The offensive line can run block … Jaguars rookie running back James Robinson missed Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but the running offense didn't decline in his absence. Robinson has been perhaps the league's biggest surprise this season, but the line's run-blocking shouldn't be overlooked.

8. … and it's better pass-blocking than many believe. The Jaguars' offensive line has struggled in pass protection at times this season, with tackles Jawaan Taylor and Cam Robinson having some big lapses at critical times. But this is a better pass-blocking line than many believe, particularly for a team has trailed early and often much of the season.

8.Chark is still good … A Pro Bowl selection following the 2019 season, Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. has been frustrated at times this season. An unsettled quarterback situation can do that. But Chark is still the Jaguars' best receiver – and a very capable big-play player. He showed that yet again Sunday, catching four passes for 62 yards – including a 20-yard touchdown.

9. … and Shenault has a chance to be good. Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. has flashed at times this season, and he has shown recent progress after being hampered by various injuries. Shenault caught five passes for 48 yards Sunday, and his 34-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter was a big-time display of athleticism and potential.

10.This team hasn't quit … This Jaguars team hasn't played for draft positioning this season. They haven't lost on purpose and they're not tanking. They fought for a half on Sunday, taking an early lead and tying the game at 10-10 with Chark's touchdown.

11. … but fight only goes so far. The Jaguars' undermanned defense had a stretch following a Week 8 bye in which it showed improvement and fight. They continue to fight, but attrition and lack of enough frontline players on the defensive front have hurt in recent weeks. That pattern held true Sunday, with the Jaguars' defense playing gutty for a half before allowing touchdowns on the first four possessions of the second half.

12.The Jaguars are outmanned right now. This was nowhere near the NFL's best team entering the season, but the toll that injuries have taken on the defense remained evident Sunday. Starting corners CJ Henderson and Sidney Jones IV are both on injured reserve, as is defensive end Josh Allen. The starting defensive tackles are rookie Doug Costin and veteran Daniel Ekuale, the latter of whom who began the season on the practice squad. The list goes on, but the lack of front-line talent showed itself yet again Sunday. This team is limping to the finish. That finish is now one week away.

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