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Behind Enemy Lines: An Inside Look at the Jaguars


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Colts and Texans are sitting at the top of the AFC South, both at 4-5.

The Jaguars (3-6) and Titans (2-7) are in catch-up mode, in need of a win.

On Thursday night, the two teams will meet in Jacksonville at EverBank Field.

This week I caught up with Ryan O'Halloran, Jaguars beat writer for the Florida Times-Union. You can follow Ryan on Twitter at @ryanohalloran.


Wyatt:** Hey Ryan. Appreciate your time. Despite a rough start, the Titans still feel like they have a chance to win the division. The Colts and Texans have the same thing in mind I'm certain. What's the mindset in Jacksonville coming off a big win over the Ravens on Sunday?

O'Halloran: *This is this biggest game of the Gus Bradley era. They won in miraculous fashion against Baltimore. They look at the standings every day and see Tennessee at home, a San Diego team that's struggling at home, and then at Tennessee before Indianapolis at home, and they're struggling. They realize what's in front of them, but they also realize they have to play a lot better on offense and in some parts of their defense than they have the last couple of weeks in order to get a winning streak going.  *

Wyatt: You've watched Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles every step of the way. How has he been in Year 2, and is he progressing like the Jaguars hoped he would?

O'Halloran: I think he has made substantial progress. He still has some of those speed bumps – 11 interceptions in nine games – and he has taken some sacks he shouldn't have taken because he's held on to the ball too long at times. The maturation process continues with Blake. But with 19 touchdowns, he's on track to shatter the team record, and his two receivers (Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson) are on track for over 1,000 yards. I think the best thing this team does right now is throw the football. But Blake is probably coming off one of his worst games against Baltimore. Blake has to be better on Thursday night.

** looks back at the all-time series against the Jacksonville Jaguars.