Jaguars Mock Season (Weeks 5-9)

We are going to break down the season into four, four-game stretches, similar to what the Jaguars coaching staff themselves do. Here is a brief preview of the upcoming games, each team's record entering the game, and more importantly what we believe will happen. Here are weeks five through nine.

Week Five- Pittsburgh (3-1) at Jacksonville (3-1)

What has seemed to be a great rivalry since the Jaguars came into the league has turned somewhat one-sided, as Jacksonville has defeated Pittsburgh four consecutive times, including twice last season at Heinz Field (the only team ever to do that). Pittsburgh is in a slight rebuilding mode as their lines need some work, but they have a great quarterback and a solid running game, so they are certainly a game opponent.

Pittsburgh-Jacksonville on prime time, does it get much better than that? I don't think it does. Jacksonville is just a bad matchup for the Steelers, and if they defeated them twice in Pittsburgh a year ago, why wouldn't they win at home in Jacksonville under the lights? Jags in a tight one.

Week Six- Jacksonville (4-1) at Denver (3-2)

The Jaguars travel to the Mile High City for the second straight year to take on a Denver Broncos team that is rebuilding its young lines behind the arm of a young quarterback. Denver has historically been very tough at home in recent seasons, but this isn't the Broncos team that was going to the playoffs nearly every year.

Jacksonville defeated the Broncos convincingly a year ago, 23-14, in a game which the final score didn't indicate the level of physical domination by the Jaguars. Still, this is 2008, and there are always games in which the team wins when they maybe shouldn't, and this is one of the games they lose when they probably shouldn't. The Jaguars begin their bye week early as Denver wins convincingly.

Week Seven- Bye

Week Eight- Cleveland (3-3) at Jacksonville (4-2)

The Jaguars haven't played the resurgent Browns in roughly three years, and that was when the Browns were a laughing stock. Cleveland now has an explosive offense, led by a great offensive line, and they try to outscore teams. Still, with a somewhat rough start, there are more than whispers in Cleveland coming from the stands that former first-round pick Brady Quinn should put down the clipboard and pick up the snaps.

The Jaguars have had two weeks of Jack Del Rio in their ear after a disappointing loss to Denver, and they will come out focused and make the home fans happy. The Jags will take advantage of a bad Cleveland secondary, and Garrard has a career day.

Week Nine- Jacksonville (5-2) at Cincinnati (2-5)

It's week nine and it's a giant mess in Cincinnati. Rumors are swirling about Marvin Lewis' job, and the Bengals, the NFL's ultimate fantasy team, are putting up great statistics but have lost five straight since a 2-0 start. Unhappiness permeates through the entire Riverfront Area, and the Bengals play reflects that on the field.

The Jaguars come in somewhat overconfident and fall behind early. After a half-time tirade by veterans John Henderson and Paul Spicer, the team comes out energized in the second half and wins a very close game with a defensive stop at the end. Embarrassment averted.

Following the second, four-game stretch of the season the Jaguars have a more than respectable 6-2 record. The Jaguars remain one game behind the 7-1 Indianapolis Colts.

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