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Blake Bortles Crushes Jaguars chance at Victory against Steelers

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GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers faced off today at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville Florida.

The Jaguars would start off the game with the ball and just when things seemed to be going well, they faltered. Blake Bortles and the Jaguars would gain one first down and end up punting after a poor Bortles ball bounced off T.J. Yeldon’s face/hands falling incomplete.

The Jaguars defense fared better forcing the Steelers to go three-and-out on their very first drive of the day. A great stop by Marcell Dareus and Abry Jones who started over Malik Jackson today. One issue with this team is discipline, and that showed on the Steelers second drive of the day when Yannick Ngakoue was flagged for unnecessary roughness after a gain of one.

The Jaguars offense would drive down the field for nearly nine minutes on the back of their running game. 15 plays with 14 running plays. This is Jaguars football and what they are supposed to do best. Unfortunately, Tyler Shatley was called for a hold during the drive and it stalled. Josh Lambo would kick a 48-yard go-ahead field goal. 3-0 Jaguars after a quarter and change. The Jaguars defense would also get back to what they do best. Just straight up great defense as Jalen Ramsey and D.J. Hayden would have key pass breakups to force the Steelers in yet another three-and-out.

Jaguars offense back out on the field and they were able to run the ball straight down the Steelers throat for yet another Jaguars field goal. 6-0 Jaguars. So far Fournette would have 61 yards on the day. This is only six minutes into the second quarter.

Here come the Jaguars. All-Pro Cornerback who was subject to trade rumors this morning is having himself a day. He picks off Ben Roethlisberger who was throwing to Antonio Brown deep down the middle of the field. This led to yet another Jaguars field goal by Mr. Automatic, Josh Lambo. 9-0 Jaguars.

After another three-and-out forced by the Jaguars defense, the Jaguars offense got cute and threw two passes, taking one sack. This would allow the Steelers to get the ball back, however, on the very next play, Big Ben throws yet another interception, this time to Barry Church.

Unfortunately, the Jaguars quarterback woes continued, and they threw the ball yet again. Unable to capitalize after Blake Bortles threw 3 ducks in a row, including one out of bounds with the Steelers out of timeouts.

This tweet puts the Jaguars last two drives before halftime into perspective.

The Jaguars would pick up on defense right where they left off as they would force yet another three-and-out to open the second half.

The Steelers bet against the Jaguars in their opening drive after accepting a holding call which negated a three-and-out and won. They were able to force a fumble on Blake Bortles which was recovered by Jermey Parnell. The Jaguars would punt anyways, and the Steelers gained at least 10 yards of field position.

The refs came to play on the very next drive for the Steelers. After a great Myles Jack interception, it would be called back due to a very questionable roughing the passer call on Calais Campbell. On the very next play, Telvin Smith is called for an unnecessary toughness which was also questionable.

When you have a superstar on your team you can count on him to make big plays in key moments. Jalen Ramsey is a superstar, and that’s exactly what he did on this drive when he blanketed Antonio Brown which led to his second interception of the game.

Speaking of superstars, the next Jaguars possession was all number 27. Leonard Fournette took the Jaguars offense basically on his back down for a 2-yard leaping touchdown. Fournette had 21 touches for 133 yards thus far in the game.

All good things must come to an end and the Jaguars finally blew a coverage deep for a 78-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown. Gipson was seemingly the man responsible for the coverage miscue.

The Jaguars would get the ball back in Steelers territory thanks to a Westbrook punt return to the 40-yard line. Unfortunately, two sacks later the Jaguars were forced to punt. The Jaguars defense would continue their trend of not allowing the Steelers into the red zone but once in the entire game, however, the Jaguars run offense had come to a halt.

The Steelers would go down and score on the back of Roethlisberger and the Steelers passing offense. Vance McDonald would end up scoring a touchdown on Telvin Smith and Tashaun Gipson in the back of the end zone. 16-13 Jaguars.

The Jaguars got the ball back but proceeded to do nothing with it for a fourth straight three-and-out. It would be up to the Jaguars defense yet again to secure this victory. In a heartbreaking defeat, the Jaguars would allow Big Ben to score a game-winning touchdown after what looked to be a game-saving interception get called back due to a facemask.

20-16 Jaguars final.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Jalen Ramsey amazing interception #1
    Jalen Ramsey made an incredible interception early in the game for the Jaguars. Although the Jaguars would go on to lose, it was easily the Superstar’s best game.
  • Leonard Fournette TD
    Leonard Fournette was the only Jaguars offensive player to make any plays this week. He accounted for 141 yards and one touchdown on 30 touches today.
  • Yannick Ngakoue gets a sack
    The Jaguars pass rush has been completely decimated by opposing teams’ offensive lines all season. Fortunately, the Jaguars were able to get a couple of sacks including this one by Ngakoue which came at an opportune time. 

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Jalen Ramsey

Ramsey is your Jaguars player of the game. The Jaguars offense, specifically Blake Bortles, made his performance all for not. The Jaguars superstar had two interceptions and allowed very few yards on the entire day. All for not.

FINAL WHISTLE

This is a game you can place solely on Blake Bortles and the Jaguars passing game. His abysmal play directly led to the defeat by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and there is very little room to debate. The Jaguars run offense early in the game could not be stopped by the Steelers, however, they made a few adjustments and forced the Jaguars to pass.

That is where everything went wrong. Blake Bortles would be sacked 6 times, including the last snap of the game and he made terrible decisions throughout. The Jaguars defense had the Jaguars in this game the entire way and only a play or two difference, they could have one it for them. Although many will point to this game as the Jaguars defense finally getting it right at the end of the day the Jaguars anchor of a quarterback held them back once again.

The Jaguars are now 3-7 with little to no shot at the playoffs and will face the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo next week.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars Activate Tackle Josh Wells, Release Niles Paul from IR

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a couple more roster moves this Friday after releasing Strong Safety Barry Church. The Jaguars have finally activated Tackle Josh Wells. Wells was placed on short-term injured reserve after week five with a groin injury.

This move comes at an opportune time as the Jaguars will be without Right Tackle Jermey Parnell. Wells will more than likely start at Right Tackle this week against the Redskins.

The Jaguars have also released Niles Paul from injured reserve, signed Lyndon Johnson from the teams practice squad, and placed OL Josh Walker on injured reserve.

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Jaguars vs. Redskins: Friday Injury Report, Parnell Out, Lambo in Doubt

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins have released their Friday final status/injury report of the week ahead of their week fifteen matchup at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they will be without Jermey Parnell, D.J. Chark, and Josh Walker.

All three players are listed as out with various injuries. The Jaguars have a move they could potentially make in activating Tackle Josh Wells who has been practicing the past couple of weeks. D.J. Chark will miss his fourth consecutive game making his rookie season disappointing in the end, unfortunately.

The other major area of concern is kicker Josh Lambo being listed as Questionable. A little later in the day, the Jaguars signed Kicker Kai Forbath which suggests he will probably be out this Sunday against the Redkins. We will revisit this on Sunday when the inactive players are released.

Below are both teams status reports:

JAGUARS:

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quadricep): Out

RT Jermey Parnell (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Ankle): Out

LB Lerentee McCray (Illness): Questionable

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Questionable

REDSKINS:

LB Ryan Anderson (Hamstring): Out

TE Jordan Reed (Ankle/Foot): Out

WR Josh Doctson (Concussion): Questionable

DE Matt Ioannidis (Shin): Questionable

OT Ty Neskhe (Knee): Questionable

OT Mogan Moses (Ankle): Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (Back): Questionable

S Monte Nicholson (Illness): Questionable

RB Chris Thompson (Illness): Questionable

The Redskins have a much more lengthy status report than the Jaguars which is remarkable given how the Jaguars injuries have gone this season. Washington will be without at least a couple of starters including their starting Linebacker and Tight End. They also more than likely will be without a starting wide receiver in Josh Doctson.

Their Long Snapper Nick Sundberg has a high possibility of missing the game this Sunday as well because of a back injury. They have brought in a few long snappers to work out in the event he is not able to go.

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Jaguars sign Kicker Kai Forbath in Wake of Josh Lambo Injury

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move in wake of the Josh Lambo right-groin injury. They have signed former Redskins and Vikings Kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath has a career FG% of 85.9% which is at the very least respectable in a league where kickers seem to be missing routine kicks daily now.

With Lambo potentially out the Jaguars were forced into a move. This could always be more of a cautionary move in the case Lambo does not play, but generally speaking, if a team signs a kicker near the end of the week it is not a good sign. We will see what happens when the last injury report comes out.

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