Bears vs. Jaguars: Jaguars Mauled at Home Once Again
Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Ninety-five to twenty.
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It doesn't matter how you write it; the Jacksonville Jaguars' complete and total destruction at the hands of three playoff-caliber teams in each of their home games is embarrassing.
The string of unmitigated beatdowns continued in Week 5 against the Chicago Bears, who thumped the Jaguars, 41-3.
Despite a game effort from the Jaguars defense for a half, the inability of Jacksonville to mount offensive drives ultimately doomed them.
Much of the blame can laid at the feet of Blaine Gabbert, who threw two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns, fumbled and managed just 3.6 yards per drop back.
Gabbert's first two turnovers of the day proved back-breakers. With the Jaguars driving to take the lead before half, Gabbert fumbled inside the Chicago 30. Then, in the second half, he helped extend the Bears' meager three-point lead to 10 by firing a terrible throw right to Charles Tillman of Chicago, who returned it 36 yards for a score and a 13-3 lead.
Despite making it to halftime tied 3-3, the Jaguars were outscored 38-0 in the second half. The offense generated just 22 yards of total yardage despite Maurice Jones-Drew ripping off a 27-yard run.
Jay Cutler picked up almost 300 yards on the Jaguars defense to go with 107 yards rushing from Matt Forte and 144 yards from Brandon Marshall, as the Jacksonville defenders had their will broken from constantly being on the field.
Looking forward for Jacksonville, there's little hope on the horizon. It'll have a bye week to ask and hopefully answer some difficult questions about the state of the franchise before traveling to Oakland and Green Bay.
Any hope of the Jaguars rising up for a playoff spot is long gone.
The only question now is how owner Shad Khan will react to the string of humiliating home losses and who, if anyone, will keep their jobs in Jacksonville.
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