Jacksonville Jaguars stumble to a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Leonard Fournette
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Leonard Fournette /

In typical Jaguars fashion, Jacksonville trips over its own feet and loses a game it should have won against the New York Jets on Sunday.

The pattern of inconsistency continues for the Jaguars as the excitement of a dominating win the previous week is short lived once again, in an overtime loss to the Jets on Sunday. The Jaguars were out of sync all game, and even the apparent strengths of the team were non-existent on Sunday.

Everything was set up for Jacksonville- win a game you are supposed to win and go to 3-1, putting yourself in prime position to make a run. But the Jaguars fell flat in all areas, and are left still searching for back-to-back wins.

Here are some quick takeaways from the brutal overtime loss to the Jets:

  • Blake Bortles was bad. Bortles never found a rhythm and was wildly inaccurate throwing the football. Bortles tossed up way too many wobbly ducks, and again had multiple passes batted at the line, one of which was intercepted and returned inside the ten-yard line. When runs were stuffed and a big play was needed from the passing game, Bortles just could not deliver. This loss is far from solely being on Blake Bortles’ shoulders, but his lack of a reliable arm inhibited the Jaguars offense.
  • The Jaguars defense was a huge letdown, mainly in the run game. Coming into this game, this New York Jets offense was considered mediocre at best. But on Sunday, the Jets gashed the Jacksonville defense numerous times. On multiple running plays the Jaguars defense was out of position and over-perused gaps, leading to huge gains. The New York running attack ripped through Jacksonville’s defense for two 60-plus yard touchdown runs (though one was a fluky and questionable play) and had 256 yards on the ground. Along with giving up big runs all over the field, the Jaguars let 12th-year quarterback Josh Mccown go 22-of-31 for 224 yards. The defense that was considered one of the league’s best coming in gave up 471 totalyards on Sunday.
  • The play calling was conspicuously odd. In the first half, the Jaguars decided to abandon a running game that was having success and picking up chunks of yardage in favor of going to an air attack. The Jaguars ran four or five straight passing plays on a drive in the first half that inevitably stalled. On third and short plays for the offense throughout the game, Jacksonville continuously pulled Leonard Fournette out of the game. Having your first-round bulldozer on the sidelines on a 3rd-and-1 in the fourth quarter down by three was baffling to say the very least.
  • In the end, the Jaguars just made plays that lose a game. A batted interception, a missed field goal, a critical drop and misplayed punt in overtime by Marqise Lee. Jacksonville just put themselves in a hole that they couldn’t climb out of despite a late rally.

More on this game throughout the week, but the Jacksonville Jaguars let a must-have win slip away in far too familiar fashion on Sunday.