The Jacksonville Jaguars weren’t on the same level as the New England Patriots in Week 3 of the 2015 regular season. Let’s take a look at the aftermath.
"We begin game-day takeaways with Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley, who made it clear much of what happened Sunday was unacceptable. In particular, he said he made some critical decision-making mistakes at critical times. “I think it starts with me,” Bradley said. “I told the team, ‘There are some decisions I made that we can look at it.’ I’ll learn from them. I didn’t help us. I put is in a couple of tough positions.” Bradley in his post-game remarks emphasized a decision to play aggressively on offense at the end of the first half. Trailing 13-3 with 2:00 remaining in the second quarter, quarterback Blake Bortles overthrew tight end Marcedes Lewis. Patriots safety Devin McCourty intercepted and returned it 27 yards to the Patriots. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s 1-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Danny Amendola eight plays later gave New England a 20-3 halftime lead. “It turned,” Bradley said. “It was like a 14-point swing right there. Whether we would have gotten in and scored we don’t know, but going into the locker room – at least 13-6 would have been a good thing. But we’re still going to be bold. We went after it.”"
"The Jaguars were expected to lose, and it’s fine that they did. The Patriots might lose three games or fewer all season, and they looked just as good against the Jaguars as they did against their previous opponents.The problem is that this loss looks eerily similar to what we’ve seen over the past few years: noncompetitive. The Jaguars did a fine job of hanging on to a two-score deficit until the end of the first half, but quarterback Blake Bortles threw a bad interception that set up the Patriots to go up 20-3 at half, as seen below."
"The Patriots went up and down the field with ease on offense and the New England defense rarely faltered against quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville offense. Yes, the Jaguars were missing roughly a handful of starters and yes, the Patriots had Tom Brady, That said, the Jaguars are an NFL team and their depth was vaunted throughout training camp and the preseason. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell went as far as to say the team was “built” and failed to make any additions before the start of the season, despite a heaping helping of injuries."
"The Jaguars may start making calls to free-agent defensive backs on the charter flight home because they lost two safeties during the game and ended up with rookie James Sample and cornerback Peyton Thompson in those spots for nearly the entire second half. Josh Evans went down with a knee injury in the first half, and Sergio Brown left with a calf injury on the second play of the second half. Cyprien (calf) was inactive. It went about as well for the Jaguars as you’d think. Thompson and Sample committed pass interference penalties that accounted for 76 yards on back-to-back plays on the Patriots’ second scoring drive of the second half."
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