The Jacksonville Jaguars roll to their third straight win in London with a 44-7 drubbing of the Baltimore Ravens.
The Jacksonville Jaguars bounced back in the most decisive way possible on Sunday, dismantling the Baltimore Ravens in London. The Jaguars were in complete control of the football game from the first possession, dominating every phase of the game.
Some quick takeaways from the impressive performance:
Blake Bortles played lights out
Just a week after a performance to forget, Blake Bortles had the game of his life against the Ravens. Finishing with a stat line of 20 of 31 with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions, Bortles looked comfortable and poised behind center.
An efficient running game opened up the passing game, and Bortles made clean and precise throws, putting the football right where it needed to be on multiple occasions. Perhaps even more importantly, Bortles didn’t force any throws, and threw the ball away when there was no play to be made.
Consistency will now be the key. More efforts like the one Sunday in London from Blake Bortles would go a long way to alleviating the concerns surrounding his play.
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Defense was dominant
Much like week one against the Houston Texans, the Jaguars defense completely suffocated the Baltimore Ravens offense. We knew defense would be key in this one, and the Jaguars defensive unit made sure to leave a mark in London.
Jacksonville held the Ravens to just 52 yards passing, and kept Joe Flacco uncomfortable all game long. The defensive line picked up another two sacks, and five hits on the quarterback overall.
Along with the pressure, Jacksonville forced three turnovers. Calais Campbell stripped the football from Terrance West, and was returned by Telvin Smith to inside the five-yard line, leading to a touchdown pass from the offense. On the back end, Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye each picked up their first interceptions of the season.
The Jaguars stifled any attempt for the Ravens to get their offense going, and only allowed one score with just minutes to go in the game.
Marcedes Lewis had a career day
How about the performance from the wily veteran?! Marcedes Lewis had a career day against Baltimore, reeling in four passes for three touchdowns, a new career high for him.
It appeared offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett made it a point of emphasis to get the tight end involved in the game plan, and Lewis delivered in a monumental way. Lewis was Blake Bortles’ go-to target on the day, and was especially present in the red zone.
Not a bad day at the office from the current longest-tenured Jaguar.
Jason Myers did his job
Consistency has been a problem for kicker Jason Myers, in both field goals and extra points. On Sunday, however, Myers put those issues behind him.
Myers was perfect on fields goals and extra points, going 3-3 and 5-5, respectively. The Jaguars were scoring in bunches, and Myers made sure to not leave any points on the field.
The only thing keeping it from being a perfect game overall for Jason Myers was booting the opening kickoff out of bounds, but Myers delivered on punching the ball through the uprights against the Ravens.
With the victory Jacksonville moves to 2-1 on the season, perhaps proving this might be a different Jaguars team after all. Stringing these types of performances together in consecutive weeks will have to be shown to make that the case however.