The Jacksonville Jaguars defense bent again this week in the first half against the Oakland Raiders. Just seconds before halftime, the Jaguars defense officially broke.
The Oakland Raiders defense played the Jacksonville Jaguars tough all game. Oakland did not play like the worst defense in the NFL, statistically. They held the Jaguars to just six points on two Jason Myers field goals in the first half. Late in the first half, the Jaguars defense broke.
The Jaguars offense, once again, was one dimensional. Chris Ivory had a 42 yard run but the drive stalled and the Jaguars settled for the field goal. The Jags offense looked worse than it had in Week 2 against the San Diego Chargers.
The Jacksonville defense was pressed into keeping the game close. In Chicago, the defense bent but did not break. Week 7 was a different story on defense but the same old song and dance by Blake Bortles and the offense.
Turning Point of the Game: Oakland broke the Jaguars Defense.
Jason Myers had just kicked a 37-yard field goal to make the score 13-6 Raiders. There was 1:48 on the clock until halftime. The game was still within reach of a Jaguars victory.
Oakland looked to score at least three more points before the half. On first and second downs, Jacksonville allowed only five yards. Time was running down and it appeared the Jaguars would just be down by seven.
Third down and five with :43 seconds to play. Raiders might take a knee? Maybe run the ball on third to run out the clock.
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First down with 25 seconds left, the receivers catches the ball out of bounds. Second down with 20 seconds left, Carr throws the ball out of bounds.
Third down and goal with 14 seconds remaining, Crabtree runs a slant rout for the touchdown. In a matter of seconds the Jaguars are behind by fourteen points, 20-6. Oakland broke the defense.
The bend but don’t break defense was broken. Later two Jacksonville defenders were ejected from the game. The once promising defense was shattered 33-16 at home.
Jacksonville had better regroup and regain their defensive prowess before Thursday’s game in Tennessee.