Jaguars Gain Newfound Respect After Only Losing by 16 Points to Broncos
DENVER – Two days after falling to 0-6 with a 35-19 loss to the undefeated Broncos, the Jacksonville Jaguars have nonetheless earned a new level of respect around the league by somehow managing to keep the margin of defeat to a close-for-them 16 points.
“We knew coming into this game that no one was giving us much of a chance,” said Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley. “But instead of lying down and giving up, we challenged ourselves to go out there and give the Broncos everything we had for 60 minutes, and leave it all out there in the field. I think the final score speaks to our success at that.’
Added Bradley, “I simply couldn’t be prouder of this team.”
Amid the raucous cheers and popped champagne of the jubilant post-game Jaguars locker room, starting DE Jason Babin paused to reflect on his team’s triumphant defeat.
“We saw that the know-it-alls in Las Vegas had made us 28 point underdogs,” said Babin. “No one likes to feel disrespected like that. So we clipped that to our bulletin board and used it as motivation all week long. We have a lot of pride on this team, and we refused to let ourselves get beaten by anything greater than 18, maybe 20 points.”
Concluded Babin with a celebrity grin, “Mission accomplished.”
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