Jacksonville Jaguars finally get turnovers, then shoot themselves in the foot
Jacksonville Jaguars fans were pleased to see the team put together plenty of big plays in the fourth quarter on defense, but the Jags still managed to shoot themselves in the foot and prevent a win.
As if the universe wanted the Jacksonville Jaguars to win, the team managed to create or capitalize on three turnovers in the fourth quarter.
A rare muffed punt by Devin Hester led to the Jaguars getting the lead off a Jason Myers field goal. Two further Joe Flacco interceptions gave the Jags a chance to cement the lead and win the game.
Unfortunately the wildness went further than just good plays by the Jags defense and special teams units.
As if to match Flacco, quarterback Blake Bortles threw two interceptions to end the game, returning the favor after just two plays off a Flacco pick and another interception to essentially end the game after the Ravens went back up with a Justin Tucker field goal.
Frankly, the Jags have been abysmal at getting turnovers in recent years. The vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense certainly didn’t follow Jags head coach Gus Bradley when he left there and the talent hasn’t been able to capitalize.
It was good to see the defense create opportunities in Week 3.
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But the team still wasn’t good enough to secure the game.
The running game stalled and couldn’t keep drives alive while eating up clock. Bortles couldn’t complete the most mundane of passes without giving an opportunity to the Ravens defense.
It was a mess. It was an unwinding of what should have been a monumental arrival of defensive form for the first time in years.
Instead, the Jaguars have another loss in the books and have failed to look remotely competent to end the game. The team shot itself in the foot, which is becoming an increasingly common occurrence under Bradley as head coach.