Different Team, Different Attitude
Even though the Bills were winless, the Jaguars thought the win in Buffalo was significant following an emotional win over the Colts.
"What we have in that locker room, light years," tight end Marcedes Lewis said "The difference of what we have in that locker room from a few years back, is crazy. To see everybody just roll with the punches and not blink, it's big time. I'm proud of our guys, on the road. Obviously it can get pretty loud here. To be able to go out there and not blink, keep battling, keep battling, quiet the crowd a little bit so we can execute our plays is big time for us.
"We have a great makeup, the right attitude. We expect to win. That's one of the biggest differences with us this year. We expect to win. We don't' go in there and when we get scored on tuck our tails. We expect to fire back and stay in every game. When we're called upon we expect to make plays, period. That's why we're in this business. There's a great group of guys we all believe."
Coach Jack Del Rio said he saw positive signs after the two losses.
"When we were hit with adversity in those couple of big tough losses, I felt zero finger pointing," he said. "It seemed like a very together group. Very committed, staying the course. They continue to believe, keep the faith. Those kinds of things allow you to persevere and come out of it."
And now they're in an 11-game race for the division title.
"Here we are after Week 5, sitting there very much in contention with a big division game coming up (Monday night against the Tennessee Titans) and we're looking forward to it," Del Rio said.
This is a rare opportunity for the Jaguars to contend for the division championship because Peyton Manning and the Colts have dominated the AFC South since it was founded in 2002. Jacksonville hasn't won a division title since 1999.
The Jaguars were 12-4 in 2005 and 11-5 in 2007, but had to settle for wild card berths both years because the Colts were 14-2 in 2005 with a 6-0 division record and 13-3 in 2007 with a 5-1 division record.
The Colts have won the division every since except 2002 and 2008 when the Titans won it.
The 3-2 Jaguars also need a victory to stay above .500, which has been a problem for the Jaguars in the Del Rio era. Del Rio is 61-59 as a head coach and when they have had success in the past, they have tended to fall back to .500.
Even owner Wayne Weaver has called them "average" in recent years.
For example, they followed an 11-5 season in 2007 with a 5-11 record the following year. In 2006, they were 8-5 and lost their last three to finish 8-8 and last year they were 7-5 and lost their last four to finish 7-9.
This year, they hope things will be different.
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