DETROIT -- One thing you can count on is the Jacksonville Jaguars finding ways to lose a game.
It happened again on Sunday at Ford Field when they blew a fourth-quarter lead and fell 26-19. It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Jaguars (2-8) and ensures that they won't have a winning record for the ninth consecutive season. The last time the Jaguars finished better than 8-8 was 2007, when they went 11-5.
Outside of the losses to San Diego and Tennessee, the Jaguars have had chances to win every game. But in each instance, they’ve found a way to lose, and a season that began with expectations of competing for the AFC South title has rotted away.
It was going to take the Jaguars pretty much winning out for coach Gus Bradley to keep his job. There’s virtually no chance of that happening now, and the only question is whether owner Shahid Khan will make the move soon or wait until the end of the season.
Sunday’s loss played out differently than the others in that the Jaguars actually led in the fourth quarter. But they did what they’ve done all season – override the good things they do with stupid mistakes. It’s who they are, and after 10 games no one should reasonably expect that to change next weekend against Buffalo or for the rest of the season.
"Same old story, same old script, every week," cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. "It's been frustrating, but it's really getting extremely frustrating."
Linebacker Telvin Smith, playing despite being away from the team for much of the week after the shooting death of his brother, lost tight end Eric Ebron during a scramble drill for a 61-yard gain that set up the go-ahead touchdown. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks jumped offside on fourth down late in the fourth quarter, allowing the Lions to run valuable time off the clock.
"The game’s four quarters and there’s plays throughout that game we’re going to look at and wish that we had back," Bradley said. "I think we all just need to take a look at it because there’s plays throughout we’ve got to get corrected."
The Jaguars did some good things on Sunday. They forced two turnovers, which snapped a five-game turnover-less streak that was tied for the longest since the 1970 merger. They overcame injuries to key players; tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf), running back T.J. Yeldon (ankle), cornerback Aaron Colvin (concussion), and left guard Patrick Omameh (foot) all left the game for good in the second half.
They even took a lead into the fourth quarter, something they haven't had since their 17-16 victory over Chicago in Week 6.
"You said we need turnovers, we got turnovers," defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. "We want to play with the lead. We got the lead. I don’t know what else to ask for.
"These guys are going out here playing hard. We’re playing consistent. We’ve just got to find 'it.' Whatever 'it' is, we’ve got to find it now and [win] these games because we’ve got to turn this season around."