I didn’t think I would be able to write this in 2017, but y’all, the Jaguars are undefeated. You can’t tell me nothing now. Unless your team is leading the division, don’t even come at me with any BS because my team is the top of the AFC south. Blake Bortles has a better record than Tom Brady this season. Blake Bortles beat Tom Brady this season. If that isn’t screaming superbowl, I’m not sure what will. We have a lot to look forward to this weekend because Blake Bortles has never started undefeated and lost the next game. Jaguars fans, we’re finally here. We have arrived. Next up, the 0-1 Titans.
Ok, ok, I’m back down to earth now. But Sunday’s game was shocking. I was genuinely pleased with how the Jaguars played on both sides of the ball. All preseason everyone on social media was SURE that the Jaguars wouldn’t win more than 3 games, and hey, maybe that’s still true. But for the Jags to come out and ball the way they did gave me optimism that I haven’t had in years. Winning the opening game ON THE ROAD in the Blake Bortles era is unheard of. Even though I picked the Jags to win against the Texans, if you told me it was going to be 29-7, Blake didn’t throw any INT’s, our O-line didn’t give up a single sack and our defense had 10 sacks?!??! I would have laughed. As Jags fans, we’ve been tortured so much that even with 2:00 left to go in the game I was playing every scenario on how the Texans could pull out the win. Oh my heart. It’s been through a lot as an unconditional Jags fan. (Still stand by my pre-season prediction, 9-7)
Sunday’s game against the Titans is a big game. The Titans are 0-1, Colts are 0-1, Texans are 1-1 and the Jags are atop of the division at 1-0, with a division win. Titans and Jags are known for raining on each other’s parades during games that matter, but this is the year to end that streak. I firmly believe that the Jaguars have what it takes to win the division this year, but it will start this week by winning against the Titans at home. Will this game make or break our season? Nah. But if they win, this game will be viewed as the game that started our AFC playoff run. Mark it. If the Jaguars beat the Titans on Sunday, they will go to the playoffs.
A few things that have me very optimistic about our season are obvious. Leonard Fournette has done everything we’ve hoped for when drafted, first NFL game recorded 100 yards rushing and a TD. The more running he’s doing, the less throwing Blake is doing. Calais Cambell has been an absolute monster. The talent that he has and the leadership he brings to the Jaguars is something they’ve been severely lacking for the last decade. Cambell reminds me of the Big John Henderson days— that says a lot about him. Ramsey and Bouye are just fun to watch. I’ve wanted attitudes like theirs on our team since Richard Sherman has been so successful. They are easily the top 1-2 CB tandems in the league and have the fun personality that we’ve all been wanting to see. And Myles Jack! He was all over the place! He did a 180 from his preseason play and really showed up last week. Him playing so well hints that Poz is on his way out (only played 8 snaps). Our offensive line shocked me. We started the game with a false start on the first play and I thought “here we go, midseason form!”, but after that? Unreal. Jeremy Parnell and Cam Robinson worked their butts off to hold Watt, Clowney and Mercilus to NO sacks. I need to see more from them before I get comfortable each game, but I am very, very impressed with their first showing. Consistency will be key with this squad.
The Texans are on the decline, plain and simple. And to make it worse for them, they don’t hold a first or second round pick next year. Deshaun Watson is their future, but he hasn’t shown anything special besides a 49 yard scramble touchdown run (which won them the game). Their front office needs to bring a supporting cast around him or he will end up mediocre. As for the Titans, Corey Davis had a very nice NFL debut against the Raiders and I’m excited to see him matched up against Ramsey/Bouye. Myles Jack, Barry Church and Teshaun Gipson have their hands full with Delanie Walker, but if they game plan similar to the Texans game, it shouldn’t be a problem.
I look forward to seeing all of y’all at the Bank’ on Sunday— show up and show out. GO JAGS!
—- We are currently halfway through childhood cancer awareness month and have raised $1,650 for pediatric cancer research. Personally, Fourth and Gold LLC has made and shipped out 60 t-shirts and received numerous donations to help towards our goal. If you’ve never dealt with pediatric cancer head on, let me just give you a few unacceptable, heart-wrenching facts. Families of children who get diagnosed with cancer have to pay for treatment. Unfortunately, treatment isn’t free. Some of these treatments end up costing the same or more than:
- 20,000 coffees from starbucks
- 34 years of internet
- 4 years of a house payment
- An audi A3 Cabriolet
- A camaro SS
Americans spend 20 TIMES more money on POTATO CHIPS than pediatric cancer research. WHAT! That in itself is BEYOND heartbreaking. And to know children who have cancer? It hits you in the gut just a little bit more.
Meet Mateo aka The Beast.
In 2013, Mateo was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). ALL is the most common childhood cancer that begins in the bloodstream. Symptoms of ALL include enlarged lymph nodes, bruising (petechiae), fever, bone pain, weakness, lethargy and frequent pain. ALL has a 90% cure rate, but comes with many, many side effects that many people are just unaware of. When children start chemo, their bodies change dramatically. Weight gain and mood swings from steroids, neutropenic fevers, hair loss, mouth sores (a big one that is not discussed enough), nausea/vomiting and overall feeling of being miserable.
Mateo finished his 3 years of treatment in December 2016 only to learn on September 6, 2017 that he had relapsed with CNS leukemia being detected in his spine. As you can imagine, the family is heartbroken. Mateo has fought cancer for more than half of his life and just learned that the battle is beginning again. Mateo will spend weeks at a time inpatient getting aggressive treatments, meaning that medical bills, everyday living bills and expenses pile up every single day. I am asking that all of September, you consider skipping out on those 4 coffees at starbucks or those bag of chips and donate to pediatric cancer research or directly to a family in need. Children only get FOUR percent of all research funds and because only 3 drugs have been approved for treatment since 1970, our kids are fighting before they even know it. Please consider joining the fight against pediatric cancer. Our kids are worth more than 4.
Mateo’s medical fund: www.plumfund.com/medical-fund/mateosjourney
Mateo’s Instagram: teammateo
Mateo’s Facebook: TeamMateoBeast
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Now you’re aware of childhood cancer… join me in making a difference. #FightKidCancer #GoGold #MoreThan4