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Jaguars Punch their Ticket to 3-8 after 24-21 Loss to Bills

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JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) and the Buffalo Bills (3-7) faced off in their week twelve matchup in a battle for pride as the Jaguars and the Bills have faced adversity this season.

The Jaguars would win the toss and opt to defer, sending the Jaguars defense out on the field first. The defense last week was in 2017 form, and they hoped to continue the streak into this week against Josh Allen.

The defense would prove to still be solid thus far as they were able to force the Bills to punt in their first series of the game after a couple of decent plays on the ground with Allen.

The Jaguars offense would start at their own one-yard line after a great punt by the Bills. The Jaguars offense would start out okay after a couple of first downs. One due to penalty and one after a nice outlet pass to Tommy Bohannon.

However, after those plays, the Jaguars offense would stall on a third and one play call where Blake Bortles hesitated to throw to an open Fournette. By the time the ball got there, Fournette would be well covered and stopped short, forcing the Jaguars to punt the football.

After playing what seemed to be winning football on defense the first drive the Jaguars defense reverted to what they do best. Busted coverages and allowing fake names to beat them through the air and ground. McKenzie for the Bills would score a nine-yard end around touchdown after Josh Allen tore the Jaguars secondary up.

On the Bills next possession, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills would score a beautiful 75-yard touchdown Robert Foster over aging safety Barry Church. Church has not played well at all this season and is clearly in need of being replaced at this point. The Jaguars have rookie Ronnie Harrison waiting in the wings.

It would be 14-0 Bills over Jaguars to end the first quarter. The Jaguars looked atrocious on defense besides the first drive of the game thus far.

Leonard Fournette and the Jaguars running game would come alive on their ensuing drive. Fournette broke off a very nice 17-yard run to the Bills 25-yard line making Jordan Poyer miss in the backfield before turning upfield. The drive would end with a powerful 5-yard touchdown run by none other than Leonard Fournette. Fournette ran with authority on that drive. After an iffy review, the play stood as called and the Jaguars would scratch back at the Bills making the game 14-7.

The Jaguars would open up their next drive after a Bills punt back where they left off. With the ground game. After a 14-yard run by Fournette, DeDe Westbrook took an end around 44-yards to set up the next couple of plays which ends in a Leonard Fournette 1-yard touchdown run.

Fournette would account for 36 yards on that drive on just four runs including the one-yard touchdown. Westbrook accounted for the other 43 yards on the 75-yard touchdown drive. Great running by the Jaguars.

After the Jaguars got the ball back, they decided to pass the ball. This resulted in an interception of course after a horrible throw to Keelan Cole who couldn’t bring in a jump ball off a curl route near the middle of the field. The Jaguars would fail to capitalize on having the ball to end the half.

The Jaguars offense would receive the ball to start the second half and would get nothing out of it. They decided to pass the ball, so it ended in a three-and-out after a horrible pass by Bortles on third down.

Nothing of note happened in the game even until the 5:28 mark of the third quarter when Blake Bortles and the Jaguars were faced with a 3rd and 10, Blake Bortles would get sacked on the play, however, a holding call on the defense would give them an automatic first down.

After a jump ball 31-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief from Blake Bortles (later reviewed and ruled down at the one). A crazy event after this player, however, resulted in a couple of quick ejections. A fight broke out, and the Jaguars lost Leonard Fournette for throwing a punch on Shaq Lawson who also threw a punch. Both players ejected.

Remarkably the Jaguars would come away with 0 points after having the ball on the 1-yard line. A couple of penalties and sacks later the Jaguars would have the ball on the Bills 17-yard line setting up for a 42-yard field goal. Lambo, who had made 28 straight field goals within 50, missed it.

The Bills would get the ball and effortlessly go down the field and end up scoring on a Josh Allen touchdown run. A terrible sequence of events for the Jaguars and that is an understatement. 21-14 Bills.

Here is a video of the fight:

Andrew Norwell would get hurt during the Jaguars next “drive” and the Jaguars offense would have issues everywhere, including in the run game with Fournette ejected. The Jaguars had a total of 79 passing yards entering one of their final drives. Unfortunately, down 21-14, they were forced to throw, and Blake Bortles was intercepted yet again. This time due to a James O’Shaughnessy drop.

With only four minutes left, the Bills would score on a field goal after the Blake Bortles interception. 24-14 Bills, The Jaguars would get the ball back one last time with zero timeouts. Blake Bortles and the Jaguars would end up scoring a nice 11-yard touchdown to Dede Westbrook which would bring the score to 24-21 Bills. The Jaguars, unfortunately, had zero timeouts, so they had to settle for an onside kick.

The Bills would go on to recover the kick and in doing so, win the game.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Leonard Fournette touchdown
    Although Fournette was ejected, he still had a great game today. 18 carries, 95 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown was a thing of beauty taking the handoff from Blake Bortles and twisting and turning his way into the endzone.
  • Leonard Fournette Punches Shaq Lawson
    Leonard Fournette blew whatever shot the Jagaurs had at victory with his fist today, however, it was a gnarly blow to Shaq Lawson which he came all the way from the Jaguars bench to make. Look for Fournette to be suspended next week against the Colts.
  • Taven Bryan Tackle for Loss
    Taven Bryan finally showed up for the Jaguars getting a tackle for loss on Lesean McCoy deep into the fourth quarter. Hopefully the rookie continues to grow in his new role at 3T. The Jaguars have been playing him more at DT than at DE the past couple of weeks.

 

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Instead of a player of the game, I will give you one better. The way the Jaguars single-handedly ruined any shot they had at a victory.

FINAL WHISTLE

Ejections, penalties, sloppy passing, the Jaguars played probably one of the most undisciplined games thus far this season and maybe thus far in the Doug Marrone era. Dropping to 3-8 with the playoffs clearly out of the question now, they will have to hope for changes after this season. Fournette getting ejected set off a chain of events that meant the Jaguars had no shot at winning this game even though the score ended within three points.

Blake Bortles had yet another atrocious game ending with 12/23 127 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions. One or both of those interceptions were Blake’s fault. The Jaguars drop to 3-8 on the season and will face the Indianapolis Colts in Jacksonville for week thirteen.

Demetrius Harvey is the lead editor for the Locked on Jaguars website covering breaking news, breakdowns, and more. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars vs. Texans: Five observations, red zone issues remain

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Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) throws under pressure from the Houston Texans defensive line men during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn--USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) will be left with a lot to work on during their bye week. There was plenty to gather from the team’s 26-3 loss against the Houston Texans (6-3) in London.

1. Jaguars red-zone woes are still prevalent and have no fix in sight

In the red zone this season, the Jaguars have completed 34.5% (10/29) of their opportunities for touchdowns.  This ranks only better than the Cincinnati Bengals (33.33%) in the entire NFL.

While quarterback play is an issue in this area, the Jaguars have not made the most of their play-call opportunities either. The Jaguars entered the Houston Texans’ red zone only twice in 11 drives on Sunday.

During the two drives in the red zone, the Jaguars completed 0 passes and ran the ball one other time with Leonard Fournette for three yards. Simply not good enough.

Jaguars’ offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has spoken about the team’s ineffectiveness on red zone opportunities. “We moved the football well, but we need to do a better job in the red zone,” DeFilippo said on Thursday following the team’s week seven victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. “I need to do a better job of helping our guys get open. We need to do a better job executing and being more detailed and throwing the ball on time and all of those things. Again, all of that starts with me, and I will do a better job with that.”

Two weeks later and the team’s struggles have continued.

2. Gardner Minshew might take a backseat

Already discussed, the Jaguars might be in for a quarterback change coming out of their week 10 bye week. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew struggled mightily in Sunday’s game, and head coach Doug Marrone will have a tough decision to make.

Although Minshew was playing with a sore right shoulder, he was able to practice in full all week leading up to their matchup at Wimbley. Regardless, the Jaguars will have to make a decision, and everything points to Nick Foles being the team’s starting quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts in week 11.

Now completely Minshew’s fault, his struggles in the red zone have been evident for the past several weeks. Foles — during the 2017 and 2018 seasons when he started for the Philidelphia Eagles — was efficient in the red zone, which could point to his maturity as a passer more than anything.

The Jaguars will want to see what they can get out of their veteran quarterback, and there is a reason to believe the Jaguars’ head coach is leaning in this direction. If Foles is not named the starting quarterback next Sunday, it is very likely the veteran will never start for this Jaguars team, at least not under the current staff.

3. Jaguars’ run-defense regressed

Without starting nickel corner D.J. Hayden and SAM linebacker Leon Jacobs, the Jaguars were forced to remain in their nickel package for much of the day. Rookie cornerback Breon Borders replaced Hayden in the starting lineup and while he was not the reason why the run defense suffered, not having a competent linebacker on the strong side of the ball impacted the team greatly.

Texans’ running back Carlos Hyde gashed the Jaguars’ defense 19 times for 160 yards during Sunday’s matchup. Part of the reason why the Jaguars were unable to stop the Texans’ running game late was the sheer amount of plays the Texans ran to begin the game.

In the first quarter, the Texans ran 20 total plays while the Jaguars offense was only able to produce nine total plays.

4. Jaguars cannot rely on penalties, but two changed the course of the game

While the Jaguars should not, and cannot rely on penalties, the team had two costly controversial calls in the third quarter of Sunday’s matchup.

With an opportunity to score, Minshew threw a beautiful back-shoulder pass to Jaguars’ receiver DJ Chark Jr. who was able to haul in the pass but was called for offensive pass interference. A few plays later the Jaguars would botch a field goal attempt and give the Texans the football at the 50-yard line.

Following the change of possession, Jaguars’ defensive end Calais Campbell was called for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Specifically, Campbell was called for lowering his head to initiate contact with a defenseless rusher. The Texans would net only a field goal on this drive, but it was a potential 10-point swing as Chark’s interference call was questionable, and Campbell did not even touch Watson on the play.

5. Keelan Cole shines in Dede Westbrook’s absence

Although the Jaguars clearly missed their 1B receiver in Dede Westbrook, rarely-utilized receiver Keelan Cole was able to step up to the plate and put on his best performance of the season, and possibly since 2017.

While it was not sensational, Cole hauled in five out of six of his targets for 80 yards on the day. The Jaguars could not get anything going down the field, however, Cole was able to get open on routine crossing routes.

In the coming weeks, look for Cole to have a bigger role in the Jaguars offense, especially with veteran receiver Chris Conley playing so up-and-down (2 receptions on 7 targets for 32 yards).

DeFilippo recently spoke about Cole and understands the third-year receiver may be frustrated with his snap count.

“I am proud of the way he stayed in it and even though he has not gotten the playing time,” DeFilippo said after the Jaguars victory over Bengals. “Everyone wants to play every snap. I’m sure he wants [more playing time]. He has done a great job staying in it.”

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Jaguars to make tough decision next week, Minshew Mania over for now

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Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) throws a pass in the first half against the Houston Texans during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) were embarrassed early Sunday morning via a 26-3 loss to the rival Houston Texans (6-3). Minshew-Mania may be over for now, but it won’t be the last time the rookie sensation starts for the team.

To put it simply, rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew did not play well at all yesterday. Completing 27/47 (57%) of his passes for 309 yards, two interceptions, and two fumbles lost, Minshew looked lost during the second half of the game on Sunday.

Minshew has been everything the team could have hoped for — and much more — out of a sixth-round quarterback, but between what transpired yesterday, and a few of his past performances — against winning teams –, the Jaguars will likely see what they can get out of veteran quarterback Nick Foles.

For three quarters, Minshew looked okay. While there was plenty that went wrong, the rookie was able to make key throws, during key situations. One play, in particular, stands out. With a little over five minutes left in the second quarter, the Jaguars could not seem to get anything going before Minshew scrambles around and eventually finds a wide-open Ryquell Armstead in the middle of the field. Armstead would take the ball 31 yards and set the team up for their only points of the game.

Minshew’s ability to improvise has been his bread and butter this season, and although he was not able to work his magic often against the Texans, these were the types of plays that gave pause in the Minshew/Foles debate.

During the fourth quarter, the Jaguars and Minshew were forced to take more shots downfield in a sort of desperation move while trailing 19-3. Although playcalling can certainly be questioned, the decision making of the Jaguars’ rookie quarterback was equally perplexing. Throwing two interceptions and losing two fumbles, Minshew had no chance at making a little magic to lead the team to another come-from-behind victory.

Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone will be forced to make a decision on his quarterback, but not right now. After the game, Marrone indicated he will wait until the Sunday before the team returns from their week 10 bye week to talk to both quarterbacks.

“I think after those 48 hours are over, I’m going to step away a little bit, take a break because I don’t have to make a decision and have time,” Marrone said shortly after the game when asked about making the quarterback decision. “That’s what I’m going to talk to the quarterbacks about, and then I’ll tell them probably right before we come back on Sunday, we’ll be able to discuss where we’re going to go. That’s pretty much my plan.”

While Minshew did not have a great game yesterday, the decision will be made on more than just one game, Marrone said.

The Jaguars’ head coach is stuck with an incredibly tough decision. At 4-5, the team needs a spark. The Jaguars need to win down the stretch and having to rely on a rookie — still going through ups and downs — is exhausting. While Foles may not be “the answer”, he is the only other option at this moment, and the Jaguars absolutely believe in the veteran.

Although this may be the end of Minshew starting in Jacksonville this season, his achievements — 188/307 (61%) completions for 2,285 yards, 13 touchdowns, and four interceptions — should not go unnoticed. The team absolutely still believes in the rookie quarterback, and he has a golden opportunity — if not this season — next year to prove everyone wrong.

One of the best, most fun performances out of a Jaguars’ quarterback over the first half of the season ever, is nothing to get upset about. Minshew provided spectators with Minshew-Mania, Minshew-Magic, and any other Minshew-ism one can think of.

For now, it is very likely Foles will make his Jaguars’ debut once again after breaking his left clavicle during the opening game of the season. In 11 plays this season Foles completed five out of eight of his passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

It may be over for now, but this is just the beginning, and having the problem of deciding between a former Superbowl MVP and a rookie sensation at quarterback is a good thing. Depending on how Foles plays — if he is to be named the starter next Sunday –, Minshew could get yet another opportunity as the Jaguars progress from their 4-5 record.

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Jaguars fail to seize opportunity in London, falling 26-3 to Houston Texans

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Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rushes for a first down during the first half of the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn--USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) fell to Houston Texans (6-3) in a disappointing pre-bye week game in London, England. The Jaguars absolutely did not have home-field advantage on the day. 

The Jaguars took to their annual London voyage with a lot of optimism, however, all of that optimism was quickly quieted by the Houston Texans (6-3) as they were able to bottle up Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars, holding the team to just three points on the day.  The Texans would win 26-3 and kill any chances the Jaguars may have had at earning the division title in a few weeks.

To begin the game, the Jaguars opted to start out on defense with the Texans struggling early on in games this season. Holding the Texans to just three points to start the game, the Jaguars defense showed up big, especially as Jaguars’ cornerback A.J. Bouye shadowed Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins who finished with just eight receptions for 48 yards. The Jaguars seemed to find a groove early on during the first half of the game, but their inability to score in the red zone reared it’s head yet again.

In what is likely his last game starting for the Jaguars this season — at least for now — Jaguars’ rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew completed just 27 out of 47 of his passes for 309 yards and two interceptions. Minshew also fumbled the football two times near the end of the game, which would ultimately end it at Wembley stadium.

While the Jaguars defense played well early on, they stood no chance against Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson who completed 22 out of 28 of his passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Extremely elusive, Watson was able to escape from the Jaguars pass rushers all day long. The Texans effectively ended any chance of the Jaguars coming back after Watson completed a long throw to Hopkins for 21 yards to the Jaguars’ one-yard line. The Texans would score on a one-yard run by Duke Johnson putting the team up 19-3 late in the third quarter.

All four of Minshew’s turnovers would come in the fourth quarter as the Jaguars attempted to climb back in the game. Missing their second-most targetted wide receiver in Dede Westbrook, the Jaguars and Minshew couldn’t seem to get anything going in the passing game.

The Jaguars’ run game was equally disappointing today as running back Leonard Fournette could only edge out 40 yards on 11 rushes.

Perhaps the best play of the game by the Jaguars’ defense, near the end of the game Texans’ running back Carlos Hyde sprinted free and was looking to go into the endzone when Jaguars’ safety Jarrod Wilson showed incredible hustle to force a fumble at the last second, turning the ball over to the Jaguars’ offense.

The good fortune wouldn’t last long, however, as Minshew would go on to throw his final interception of the game to completely seal the game for the Texans offense.

The Jaguars’ offense simply did not get anything going today, similar to their game against the New Orleans Saints in week six earlier this year. Minshew was sacked only four times on the day as the Texans did not want him to escape the pocket.

The team will have a very tough decision to make during their week 10 bye week. Ultimately, the team will need to decide between veteran quarterback Nick Foles or the rookie quarterback in Minshew.

Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone will be making the decision, and after falling 26-3 today largely due to the play of the team’s quarterback, it may be a no-brainer.

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