By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Update: the Jacksonville Jaguars are still playing like the Super Bowl was in Week 2.
Jalen Ramsey established his narrative for the 2018 season all the way back in August, when he rifled through all of the NFL’s quarterbacks and gave scathing assessments for most of them. Trash talk makes for fun content, raises the stakes for fans, and makes games more entertaining, so there’s nothing inherently wrong with Ramsey running his mouth. It’s infinitely more interesting than your standard canned comments and cliches.
But when you talk as often and as candidly as Ramsey does, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You better walk the walk, or else you’re going to embarrass yourself for talking the talk without backing it up. Ramsey hit a bit of a low point on Sunday, when the Jaguars suffered their latest loss and he continued to act like a jackass in the process.
This time, they fell victim to Josh Allen and the Bills. Buffalo’s prized rookie quarterback played well enough in his return to the lineup, especially with his legs, in the Bills’ 24-21 win. He rushed for a 14-yard touchdown to start the fourth quarter, which put the Bills up for good. The three-point victory wasn’t as close as the score indicated, thanks to a garbage-time touchdown for the Jags.
Before we get to Allen’s TD celebration, back to Ramsey. He had intercepted Allen earlier in the game, just before halftime with the score tied 14-14. But Ramsey also committed an illegal contact penalty on the play, which wiped out the pick, which didn’t matter much anyway because the half was just about over and the chances of anyone scoring were slim. One could argue that Ramsey doesn’t even make the play without pushing receiver Robert Foster out of bounds.
That didn’t stop the cornerback from pointing toward the Bills sideline and calling at least two people “trash”.
Loser behavior from a player on a losing team.
Anyway, Allen had good reason to want to get sweet revenge on the Jaguars and Ramsey, who ripped him as badly as any quarterback in his now-infamous GQ interview. Allen eventually found the end zone himself with that fourth-quarter TD, and he took it upon himself to shove it right back in Ramsey’s face by mocking his signature “flex” celebration.
Ramsey gave Allen a pat on the back after the game, but clearly it looked like Allen wanted nothing to do with it. Can’t blame him for that.
Ramsey giving Allen some love.— Cover 1 (@Cover_1_) November 25, 2018
Bills get the W. pic.twitter.com/LWtwa6sUj8
So now, the Jaguars are 3-8 after starting the season 3-1, including a win over the Patriots in Their Super Bowl™ back in Week 2. Over the course of their seven-game losing streak, they’ve only looked more and more like a dumpster that’s fully engulfed in flames. Ramsey doesn’t deserve the full brunt of the criticism for how bad they’ve been, but he’s taken a step back from his All-Pro form last season.
I’d tell him to shut up because … dude … your team stinks. No one whose team is 3-8 should be yapping so much. But the whole thing is too entertaining. Hopefully Ramsey keeps getting his comeuppance. Keep the trash talk coming. We’ll see who the real trash bags are on Sunday.
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