Despite an encouraging performance on defense, the Jacksonville Jaguars are sitting at 0-3 after losing a game the Baltimore Ravens were trying to give away.
If it isn’t the defense messing things up and taking the Jaguars out of games, the offense takes up the slack and makes sure the team can’t win the game. After getting completely eviscerated by Philip Rivers, the Jacksonville defense showed some life, causing a handful of turnovers and getting decent pressure on Joe Flacco. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t reciprocate and the Jaguars ultimately fell 19-17.
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Here are some quick notes from the game:
- First, the elephant in the room – Blake Bortles was really bad. He threw an early interception that was horrific and he was off on multiple balls to open receivers in the first half. He settled down and threw a couple of touchdowns to Allen Robinson, but then he was completely out of sorts in the 4th quarter. The Jacksonville defense gave Bortles the ball 3 times with an opportunity to take over the game – the Jaguars only managed 3 points. Bortles was clearly rattled and there’s reason to start worrying about his development and ceiling as a franchise quarterback.
- Bortles was bad, but the defense was actually fairly good. They gave up yet another embarrassing statistic (21 straight completions at one point for Flacco), but they played well in the second half and were literally handing the game to the Jacksonville offense to win. Jalen Ramsey had some huge plays, including a tip that led to a interception. He also had a couple of big thumps on some key tackles. Dante Fowler Jr. and Yannick Ngakoue both had a hand in some turnovers as well. Overall, it was an encouraging effort by the defense, even though it came in what will hopefully be one of Gus Bradley’s last games.
- Speaking of Bradley, how can anyone keep making excuses for him? Yeah the defense was fine, but the Jaguars had an inexcusable amount of stupid penalties. The offensive playcalling was abysmal and the Jaguars lacked aggressiveness and discipline. If the Jaguars lose next week, I don’t know how you can fly back to the states with Bradley as the coach.