Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Can Kick Up Their Heels; Bradley Saw Improvement in Different Areas in Romp, and There's Room to Grow

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Can Kick Up Their Heels; Bradley Saw Improvement in Different Areas in Romp, and There's Room to Grow

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

Week 15 is here and the Jaguars are still playing meaningful football.

More importantly, the team is showing improvement.

The Jaguars scored in all three phases of the game in Sunday's 51-16 rout over AFC South rival Indianapolis. Defensive end Andre Branch returned a fumble 49 yards for a touchdown, receiver Rashad Greene broke a 73-yard punt return for a score and quarterback Blake Bortles accounted for four touchdowns.

"I was glad to see what took place, because you could see all three phases coming together," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Monday. "I just saw improvement. That's the part that I'm really excited about. Now, the challenge is to build on that."

The Jaguars snapped Indianapolis' NFL-record 16-game divisional winning streak, as well as a six-game losing skid in the rivalry.

"This will give us confidence beating a team like Indy," Bortles said. "Our goal is to own the AFC South and that's something they've done for the last few years. To beat a team like that will really give us some energy and motivation."

The win allowed the Jaguars (5-8) to remain alive in the AFC South race, a game behind the Colts and Houston Texans. The 6-7 teams play Sunday in Indianapolis.

The Jaguars must continue to win to keep pace, starting with a prime opportunity against Atlanta (6-7) on Sunday at EverBank Field. The Falcons have lost six consecutive games, blowing a 5-0 start under first-year coach Dan Quinn.

If the script appears familiar, it is and it didn't end well for the Jaguars last time.

San Diego came to EverBank Field reeling on a six-game losing skid and defeated the Jaguars 31-25 on Nov. 29.

The Jaguars haven't done well with opponents' losing streaks at all this season. Both Tampa Bay and Tennessee snapped 11-game home losing streaks against the Jaguars.

The Chargers and Falcons have something in common - a quarterback that can get hot in Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan, respectively.

Ryan is also armed with the NFL's leading receiver. …

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