Jacksonville Jaguars stay competitive but still lose to Buffalo Bills
By Luke Sims
The standard for the Jacksonville Jaguars is pretty low this season but they still didn’t do enough in a Week 12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
It was a painful game for the Jacksonville Jaguars. There were some missed calls by the refs and two interesting takes on forward progress that resulted in a key turnover negated and a crucial burning of a fourth quarter timeout.
Still, the Jags need to play better if they hope to actually win more games. Falling 21-28 to the Bills by not doing enough is just an extension of the struggles all season long. They are now 2-9 on the season with six straight losses. .500 is officially out of reach.
Blake Bortles didn’t throw an interception, but he only completed 50 percent of his 26 attempts for 126 yards and two touchdowns. It was hardly a performance to be proud of despite not making mistakes. He added 81 yards on the ground on eight attempts.
Chris Ivory looked like the running back the team needs, rushing nine times for 44 yards before missing the rest of the game with injury. T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson combined for just 56 yards on 19 attempts in relief for Ivory.
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Vaunted wide receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson combined for just three receptions on the day for only 36 yards. Hurns managed a late touchdown in the game, though.
After a strong first half, the defense let LeSean McCoy dominate in the second. He opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown run and finished the day with 103 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and 31 receiving yards.
Not being able to handle McCoy, not balancing the offense with the rush or the pass, relying almost exclusively on Bortles to move the ball, and some intriguing officiating and coaching development all spelled disaster. Frankly, it was amazing this game was only a seven point deficit.
Yet it ended with another loss. The Jaguars simply can’t win in 2016 and, once again, look like a team regressed.