JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Playing the Jacksonville Jaguars is the best thing that can happen to a defense.
With rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, no big-play receivers and a shuffled offensive line, the Jaguars have been helping opposing defenses rise in the rankings.
Jacksonville managed just 174 yards in a 24-14 loss at Houston on Sunday, contributing to the Texans' ascent from eighth to third in total defense. That's a big boost, but hardly anything new for the Jaguars.
In fact, it might even be progress.
Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore all jumped to No. 1 in total defense after playing Jacksonville.
It's more proof — not that any more was needed — that the Jaguars (2-6) have the most inept offense in the league. Coach Jack Del Rio has few answers, either.