The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their march toward the playoffs. Happily, they showed no let down from their signature victory a week ago against Seattle.
The Jacksonville Jaguars played a fantastic game today against the Houston Texans. Although the Texans are a flawed team, the Jaguars looked great. In fact the Texans reminded me of the “bad old days” in Jacksonville during the past few years. There many reasons for the Jaguars’ newfound success. First the defense continued to play like the number one defense in the NFL. Next, the new and improved Blake Bortles played another fantastic game. Finally, the rookies played like veterans today.
The Jaguars are the number one defense in the NFL. In fact they are compared to the great Bears and Ravens defenses of the past. The Jaguars defense played their typical great game with 3 sacks and 1 interception.
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Equally important is the renaissance of Blake Bortles. Bortles threw for 3 touchdowns on Sunday. He completed 21/29 passes for 326 yards. Most important was no sacks and no interceptions.
Finally the rookies have stepped up when needed time after time. Four rookies made significant contributions today. Dede Westbrook caught two passes. Keelan Cole had a phenomenal day. He caught 7 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. Jaydon Mickens started the year as an undrafted rookie on the practice squad. He is the number one punt returner in the AFC. Today he caught his first 2 NFL touchdown passes. Cam Robinson played well today as well.
The Jaguars have clinched a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and have a chance to win the AFC South division for the first time ever, and first division title overall since 1999. They just need a win next week against the San Francisco 49ers. This continues to be a magical year for the men in teal. The best is yet to come.