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The Jaguars' Week 5 matchup with the Rams seemed like the most winnable game left on their schedule. Alas, a win was not in the cards for Jacksonville.
The Jaguars still have five divisional games remaining, but the Colts and Titans are both playing extremely well, and the Texans are better than they've played through four weeks. Jacksonville still has road matchups with Denver, which looks like an unstoppable football machine, and Cleveland, which has shown a stifling defense and impressive playmakers on offense so far. The Jaguars also have a home game against San Francisco that will take place in London, and the 49ers are one of the league's elite teams as well.
Those eight games look extremely tough, and the Chargers come to town in two weeks. Quarterback Philip Rivers is playing better than he has in years in head coach Mike McCoy's West Coast offense, and though San Diego's defense hasn't played well to date, the Jaguars don't really stand a chance in an offensive shootout.
That leaves two home games, Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals and Week 15 against the Buffalo Bills, as the Jaguars' best chances to win a game in 2013.
The Cardinals have struggled on both sides of the ball but still have Larry Fitzgerald and an aggressive defense. It won't be an easy matchup.
Buffalo is full of playmakers such as rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, wide receiver Stevie Johnson and an opportunistic defense led by Defensive Rookie of the Year front-runner Kiko Alonso. This also promises to be a tough game for Jacksonville.
I can't see the Jaguars winning more than three games in 2013, and the clock is ticking on their chances of even winning that many. They will likely be 0-8 entering their Week 9 bye with Denver, San Diego and San Francisco next on the schedule, and the going doesn't get much easier in the second half of the season.
Hopefully Jacksonville can turn it around and "get better" over their next 11 games, but I'm not optimistic. It's going to be difficult for the Jaguars to win more than two games this year, and I wouldn't be surprised if their final win total was one...or even zero.