Jaguars Senior Writer
JACKSONVILLE – With success has come the accompanying and expected attention.
Now is the time to handle that correctly.
The Jaguars have won their last two games by a combined 52 points, a remarkably sudden change for a team that won four games the past two seasons. Head Coach Doug Pederson said he expects them to handle the accompanying praise and attention of fans and media just fine.
“I expect the team to handle it: One, with class; and two, with just, ‘OK, that’s fine,”’ Pederson said Wednesday as the Jaguars (2-1) prepared to play the Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., Sunday at 1 p.m.
“We still have to go do work every day. That starts with me during the week, setting the tone and just keeping us focused on the task.”
Sunday marks a matchup of division leaders, with the Jaguars leading the AFC South and the Eagles leading the NFC East. The Eagles rank first in the NFL in total yards per game, with the Jaguars sixth in the category. The Eagles rank fifth in yards allowed per game with the Jaguars seventh.
The Eagles have outscored opponents 72-21 in the first half while the Jaguars have outscored opponents 48-19 in the second half. The Jaguars pulled away from a 16-10 lead with three consecutive extended touchdown drives to start the second half in a 38-10 road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers this past Sunday.
“It’s a credit to the guys, really,” Pederson said of the strong second halves. “We make subtle adjustments at halftime, then still try to execute the game plan. I think the guys feel some energy when you have a lead at halftime; there’s some of that. Leaning on the run game a little bit has helped open up some things.
“We talk about sort of that middle eight [minutes] of the game, the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third. It’s important that the offense gets points or the defense gets off the field. Those are things we talk about and stress all the way back to the offseason.”
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