When the alternative is 0-3, a win with all kinds of last-minute theatrics is certainly a good way to get Jaguars fans excited. However, many are holding their applause some due to a very poor showing by Blaine Gabbert and the Jacksonville offense for a second consecutive week.
Had it not been for 177 yards rushing from Maurice Jones-Drew, the team likely would've been handled easily by the Colts with Gabbert's showing. The second-year quarterback completed just nine passes for 75 yards on 20 attempts, before an 80-yard touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts III more than doubled his production and gave the Jaguars the win.
Make no mistake, the read to Shorts III and the throw were very well executed and there's no discounting the play. However, 75 yards is simply not an acceptable amount for any team with less than a minute remaining in the final quarter of play.
The once functional looking pass offense has seemingly disappeared and the cause for why is still very much a mystery. Perhaps it's the absence of two starting offensive lineman, Eben Britton and Cameron Bradfield, or maybe Gabbert has reverted back to his rookie self.
Whatever the problem is, the Jaguars will have much bigger problems in their near future if they can't figure out their offensive ailments as they'll face much tougher defenses than that of the Colts.
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