If you started Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson in fantasy football, you are very happy person right now. Unfortunately, that happiness doesn’t translate to real football as the Jaguars squandered their quarterback’s historic day by losing to the Tennessee Titans 42-39.
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The Titans looked to be in complete control in the first half, but calamity ensued in the second half, highlighted by a masterful touchdown run via the legs ofMarcus Mariota
and a comical bad snap over Blake Bortles’ head. The Jacksonville offense did an admiral job of keeping the team in a game in which the defense barely showed up.
There are plenty of things to analyze from this game, but let’s start with some quick notes:
- Let’s start with the positive takeaways: Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson are absolutely terrific. Both players had monster games, particularly Robinson, who surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the season, a feat no Jaguar receiver has achieved since Jimmy Smith in 2005. Robinson finished with 3 touchdowns on the day and is also on pace to set the single season touchdown record. With Allen Hurns out, the spotlight was directed right at Robinson and he delivered with a couple of spectacular catches and great hands in the redzone.
- Bortles deserves his own bullet point, as he was almost flawless in this game. He was outstanding in the pocket, buying time with his legs and keeping his eyes downfield for open receivers. It’s nice to see Bortles hasn’t changed his attitude towards playmaking after a couple of silly illegal forward pass calls last week. Bortles is easily the most improved second year player and the argument could be made that he is already the “best” quarterback in franchise history. Hopefully Bortles takes the momentum from this game and puts together a solid run to end the season.
- The Jacksonville defense is broken, and the blame lies squarely on head coach Gus Bradley and defensive coordinator Bob Babich.The Jaguars still don’t have a pass rush and the defensive secondary has a complete dearth of playmakers. The interception by Davon House was a gift by Dorial Green-Beckham and the towering rookie receiver made up for it big time later on in the game with some huge plays down the field. The real backbreaker was an absolutely insane 87-yard touchdown run by Marcus Mariota in the 4th quarter on a play where the Jaguars blitzed but didn’t get home.
- There are a lot of things going wrong on defense besides the pass rush, but it’s hard to overlook just how completely ineffective Chris Clemons and Andre Branch have been. They shouldn’t be on any NFL roster next season, let alone on the Jaguars.
- Overall, it’s inexcusable that the Jaguars lost a game in which Bortles threw 5 touchdown passes. Jason Myers should be cut tomorrow for missing two extra points (he now has a league-leading 6 missed PATs) and head coach Gus Bradley should effectively be on the hot seat after another demoralizing loss.