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Opposing Viewpoint: 5 Questions (and Answers) About Jaguars

The Vikings sit at 5-6 and are looking to stay in the NFC playoff picture as they host the 1-10 Jaguars on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Kickoff is at noon (CT).

Minnesota won four of five games in November, thanks to some big performances from Dalvin Cook, who was named as the NFC Offensive Player of the Month.

Jacksonville has lost 10 consecutive games, but three of the Jaguars past four losses have been by a combined eight points.

What are some storylines regarding the Jaguars in Week 13?

To find that out, chatted with Jaguars reporter Ashlyn Sullivan for a glance at what Jacksonville is thinking before Sunday's game.

Here is the Week 13 edition of Opposing Viewpoint:

The Jaguars are 1-10 and on a 10-game losing streak, but they have been competitive in the past few games. Jacksonville lost by two points to both Houston and Cleveland, and just four points in Green Bay. What have you seen from the makeup of this team as it continues to fight for its second win of 2020?

AS: It's really been interesting the past couple of weeks because they have been so competitive and in these games in the fourth quarter. In three of the past four games, it's been down to the final drive. I think that's the most frustrating part is that they're going toe-to-toe with these playoff contenders, and it isn't resulting in a win.

The biggest thing it boils down to over to the past 10 weeks — since the losing streak started — is that you have the effort, you have the fight … with losing streaks you can see if a team has packed it in … but this isn't the case. It just seems to be the lack of talent on the field, and definitely some injuries as well, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

View photos of games between the Vikings and Jaguars through the years.

James Robinson has been a big bright spot for the Jaguars offense, as he posted his fourth 100-yard rushing game on Sunday. He's closing in on 1,000 yards, too. What's made the undrafted rookie out of Illinois State so good in his first season?

AS: He is an incredible story, and if anyone says they could have seen this coming, I think they're lying to you. If we go back to training camp in August, that is when Leonard Fournette was on the team as the obvious starter. But conversations were had about how we should watch out for this Robinson kid. He was really lighting it up.

Then they [release] Fournette and [coaches said] that Robinson flat-out got this spot. He had an opportunity, took advantage of it and made it his. Now he's a starting running back well on his way to a 1,000-yard season … and I don't think anyone could have seen this coming. It's an incredible story.

And the coolest thing is that he hasn't changed at all. A very quiet, low-key guy. Press conferences aren't his thing … he's just brushed off the accolades and gone to work every week.

Sticking with Jacksonville's offense, what's the view of the Jaguars quarterback situation? Gardner Minshew II started seven games but got hurt, Jake Luton started a handful of games and then Mike Glennon started last week. We'll see who starts Sunday, but how has 2020 shaken out for that group?

AS: Frankly, it seems as of now that the long-term franchise answer isn't on the roster. It's fairly obvious the Jaguars will have to address a quarterback in the first round of the draft. Right now, it's figuring out who gives you the best chance to win.

They've given all three a shot. Right now, Mike Glennon will start … and I think you'll see Doug Marrone go down that road. He wants a veteran presence, and Mike Glennon played well last week. They're unsure if Gardner Minshew is 100 percent, and Marrone has said if his thumb isn't 110 percent, then they don't want to take any chances.

If you were looking long-term, I think Jaguars fans would like to see the rookie, Jake Luton, go in there. He did show some potential, but right now, they don't have the time to progress and take time with him. Doug Marrone has said Mike Glennon is the best choice for now.

How about a bright spot on the Jaguars defense? Who's stepped up this season despite the losses?

AS: There's a couple, but I'll go with Myles Jack. He was the middle linebacker last season but then got moved over to the weak side and really flashed. He seems so much more comfortable in that position, and that's where he played in college at UCLA. You just see him making so many more plays, and his play-making ability has really risen. He's playing much more free, and I think middle linebacker was a bit overwhelming, and he admitted that. Now that he's in his natural position, you're seeing the Myles Jack we saw back in 2017 when the Jaguars went to the AFC Championship.

And finally, with five games to go, what would define success for Jacksonville down the stretch?

AS: I think you have to win a game that no one expects you to win. Squeak a few out that no one sees coming. I think if they beat one team, that one will win be so sweet. This team is trying so hard, and it's been great to see there's been no finger pointing. Every week they come to play. We're at the point now Jaguars fans are like, 'No, don't win. Don't ruin the draft position.' But this team does not care about that. Doug Marrone doesn't have time to care about that. So one win when you're not expecting — and as of right now, they're not expected to win any other game this season — it would mean a lot to this team.