No Repeat of Last Year

The Jaguars have seen this movie before. They're 6-4 and tied for first place in the AFC South with six games left. Last year they started 6-4 but lost five of their last six games and finished 7-9, missing the playoffs.

The Jaguars have tended to struggle late in the season, especially on the road and four of their last six are on the road this year.

They have lost their last seven regular-season road games and 10 of the last 11 after Thanksgiving.

Of their six post-Thanksgiving road games the last two years, they've not only lost them all, but they've lost by a combined score of 158-61.

And they've made the playoffs only twice in coach Jack Del Rio's first seven years while three times they were in position to make a run and fell short.

Last year, they were also 6-4 after 10 games and lost five of their last six games to finish 7-9.

In 2006, they were 8-5 after 13 games and lost their last three games to finish 8-8.

In 2004, they were 8-6 after 14 games and needed to win their final two games to make the playoffs. They split them and stayed home at 9-7.

So how will they handle the challenge this year?

"We're getting ready to find out. We start with an opportunity in New York," Del Rio said of this week's game against the Giants. "That's the next game up. We're going to need to do better because we have a heckuva challenging schedule in front of us to finish this year. Four of the six are on the road. We're going to have to be better. We understand who we are and where we are and what we need to be better at it and we're just busy working at it."

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