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Jaguars, Blake Bortles Bounce Back with 31-12 Win over Jets

Demetrius Harvey

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) throws a pass during the first quarter against the New York Jets at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets took to the field this Sunday with each team looking to keep their season rolling as the Jaguars try to get to 3-1 and the Jets 2-2.

After the Jets punt to the Jaguars six-yard line, the Jaguars were able to muster up a 15-play 80-yard drive that ended in a Josh Lambo 32-yard field goal. The key for this drive was ball control and playing mistake-free. It worked out for the Jaguars, although their drive was stalled by a holding penalty from Jermey Parnell.

The Jaguars second drive of the day ended similarly to their first. With a field goal. The Jaguars and quarterback Blake Bortles took the ball all the way to the Jets six-yard line. However, they elected to kick a chip-shot field goal over going for it on fourth and one.

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette got some tightness in his already injured hamstring on this drive, which could explain why they didn’t go for it.

On the next Jaguars drive Leonard Fournette did seem to be still nursing his hamstring as back up running back T.J. Yeldon came in for much of the drive. Blake Bortles was able to connect with Yeldon short, and Yeldon was able to take the pass all the way to the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown. Fournette would not return.

The Jets were not able to do anything for the entire first half against the Jaguars as they were shut out 16-0. The Jaguars were able to count on a 54-yard Josh Lambo field goal to end the half. Blake Bortles finished the half 16/19 for 192 yards and a touchdown.

After a long Logan Cooke punt to the Jets one-yard line, the Jaguars defense and Calais Campbell came up strong with a safety on running back Isaiah Crowell. Campbell shot through his gap and quickly brought down the back for the safety. 18-0 Jaguars.

Blake Bortles’s first mistake of the game came on a slow wind up which led to a tipped pass/interception deep into Jaguars territory. This set up a field goal for the Jets offense, their first points of the game.

The play of the game came on the Jaguars following possession. Donte Moncrief took a beautiful deep ball down the sidelines from Blake Bortles in for a 67-yard touchdown. Easily Moncrief’s biggest play as a Jaguars wide receiver, and possibly one of Bortles’s best throws. 25-3 Jaguars.

The Jets were able to capitalize on an ill-advised T.J. Yeldon fumble taken to the Jaguars five-yard line. Darold scored a 2-yard touchdown to his tight end, Leggett. 25-12 Jaguars. The Jaguars would fumble again on the very next drive deep into Jets territory.

The Jaguars defense would again get a stop and give the Jaguars offense the ball one last time.

With the Jaguars’ final offensive drive, they would drive down the field eating up clock to score a nice two-yard touchdown with T.J. Yeldon adding an exclamation point to the game. The final score would be 31-12 as the Jaguars failed to score on their two-point conversion.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Calais Campbell gets in for a safety. After a great punt by rookie Logan Cooke to the Jets one-yard line, Calais Campbell is able to get a great jump off the ball right into the running back’s lap to set the tone for the rest of the second half for the Jaguars defense.
  • Blake Bortles to Donte Moncrief 67-yard TD. Words do not do it justice as this was simply a beautiful throw and catch for Blake Bortles and Donte Moncrief. These types of plays are precisely why you bring in a guy like Moncrief.  Check out the play below.

  • T.J. Yeldon puts an exclamation mark on the Jaguars win with a late touchdown.
    The Jaguars did not necessarily need to go for it on fourth and one from the Jets two-yard line with only 30 seconds left, but they did anyway, and it paid off. Yeldon was able to make up for an earlier fumble by getting into the end zone, making the game 31-12.

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Blake Bortles is your Jaguars player of the game today. While he was not perfect the entire game (one interception), he was very efficient throwing for 29/38 for 388 yards (career high) and two touchdowns to go along with the interception. A very crisp and all-around good day from Blake Bortles.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars came into today desperately needing to get on the right track as far as the offensive side of the ball. They were able to do just that on the back of inconsistent quarterback Blake Bortles. The Jaguars defense did their job as they have all season allowing only 201 yards and one touchdown.

The final score was 31-12 although it could have and should have been a lot worse for the Jets. Rookie Sam Darnold was no match for the Jaguars pass rush and secondary as he was almost picked off at least three times during the day. One Tashaun Gipson interception was called back due to a holding penalty on the defense.

Two concerns heading out of this game are the injury statuses of running back Leonard Fournette, and center Brandon Linder. Both left the game due to injury and will be tracked all next week leading up to their road trip at Kansas City.

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 Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca

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Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Jamaal Charles after trading for Carlos Hyde and have promoted Linebacker Nick DeLuca. Charles was brought in to be a change of pace back for the Jaguars after placing Corey Grant on season-ending injured reserve.

The Jaguars traded for Carlos Hyde last week making Charles expendable. Charles accounted for 7 yards on 6 caries for the Jaguars. He also added two catches for seven yards. Running back Leonard Fournette has not been ruled out to play this week either and will travel with the team to London according to Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone.

Nick DeLuca is a rookie linebacker from NDSU. He was signed to the practice squad earlier in the season and has now been promoted due to the injury to linebacker Donald Payne. Payne will be out at least a couple of weeks with a knee injury.

 

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Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin

Zach Goodall

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Oct 21, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) and forces a fumble during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

In electing to stick with Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback, despite benching him for a poor performance against the Texans and watching his backup Cody Kessler vastly outperform him in the same game, the Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin.

Now sitting at a 3-4 record, on a three game losing streak, and in third place in the AFC South (the Titans own the tiebreaker for second place), it was clearly time for change to get this ship steered in the correct direction. Just seven weeks aggo, this Jaguars team was viewed as a potential Super Bowl contender. Right now, this team is projected to pick in the first half of the 2019 NFL Draft.

And they can’t blame anyone but themselves at this point.

“We can’t do s**t until we stop turning the ball over. Period. That’s just how it is,” head coach Doug Marrone said following the loss to the Texans. “…the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over.”

In three consecutive games, the latest of which he barely played past halftime, Bortles has eight turnovers of his own: Five interceptions and three fumbles.

“I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win,” Marrone stated in a release from the team after Bortles was named the team’s starter going forward.

What?

In a 24 hour period, Marrone has stated that, while turnovers are the Jaguars biggest issue, the player who is responsible for countless amounts of turnovers gives the team the best chance to win football games. That is the message that is being sent to this team, and the Jaguars fan base.

And the team isn’t happy. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was quoted saying “It is no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t, but it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right right now,” after the loss to the Texans. Given the circumstances, it’s hard to assume this was shade thrown at the quarterback situation.

Ramsey deleted a post of him and Bortles shaking hands on the field from his Instagram this morning.

Defensive tackle Abry Jones put the responsibility of the offenses deficiencies on the defense, quoted saying “We can’t let them [opposing offenses] score at all.”

The Jaguars have chosen to be complacent, and in doing so, this season will continue to plummet. The confidence is low heading into London this week, and the Eagles pass rush should have an easy job forcing Bortles into more poor decisions as this Jaguars team appears to be on track to a 3-5 record at their bye week.

This team was supposed go contend this year. At one point in September, the Jaguars had single digit odds to win the Super Bowl. But that is all in the rearview mirror, as the Jaguars have nailed their own coffin in naming Blake Bortles the starting quarterback of a team that is already beginning to implode.

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Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB

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Sep 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) attempts a pass against the New England Patriots during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

24 hours removed from his first career benching, where he was clearly outplayed by his own backup in a 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans, Blake Bortles has been named the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles in London, per the team.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced in a statement: “I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win.”

This comes under two hours removed from Marrone saying he had made his decision already but planned on addressing the team before releasing that information to the public. Bortles was benched after committing two turnovers against the Texans on Sunday, and Kessler completed 21/30 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his place.

Bortles has committed eight turnovers in the past three weeks.

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