Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette set a personal best with 225 yards rushing in a 26-24 come-from-behind win over the Denver Broncos.
You could not have written a made for television movie any better about the Jaguars 26-24 come-from-behind win over the Denver Broncos.
For a team that could not get any momentum in the mile-high air in a stadium of a team that had lost its first three games of the season, it looked as though the Broncos had pushed all the right buttons with a “mobile” Joe Flacco and a defense that had awoken from hibernation.
Maybe the Jaguars should serve up a 17-3 deficit to all of their opponents before making a comeback of epic proportions. Yes, it was bleak.
"“At halftime, we talked as a team, head coach Doug Marrone said via Tad Dickman, Director of Public Relations for the Jaguars via his Twitter account.‘We’re going to come back and we’re going to fight our way back.’”"
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And fight they did, moving the football at ease in the second half while stepping forward to keep the Denver offense off the field.
Leonard Fournette ran for 225 yards on 29 carries and Gardner Minshew played efficient football, throwing two more touchdowns without an interception. But it was the defense that helped mount the comeback again, holding Denver to seven points in the second half of the game.
The Jaguars racked up 445 yards of total offense while getting 269 total yards on the ground. For Fournette, it was the breakout game he needed to have and for the offensive line, which allowed five sacks on the day, it was redemption for a lack of productivity for the first three games of the season.
"“Fournette had 179 yards on 43 carries in the Jaguars’ first three games, and while that’s a respectable 4.2 yards per attempt, the bulk of that came on a 69-yard run against Tennessee in Week 3,” Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com wrote. “Marrone said after that game Sept. 19 and again last Monday that the Jaguars’ run-game struggles were mainly the fault of the offensive line and not Fournette.“Marrone said he challenged the line over the past week, and Fournette certainly reaped the benefits Sunday.”"
The Jaguars are tied for first place with all three other teams in the AFC South. Also, Jacksonville is riding a two-game win streak moving on to Carolina next week. There are other team records that were set in the game out west.
"As Dickman also stated on his Twitter page, “Minshew is the first player in team history to throw for at least 200 passing yards with a passer rating of at least 95.0 in four consecutive games. And the 225 yards rushing is a new career-high for Fournette, who had tough sledding in the Titans game last week until a 69 yards gallop in the fourth quarter.”"
Also, with the record day by Fournette, he now has rushed for 404 yards on 72 carries for a 5.6 yards per rush and 101 rushing yards per game. He now leads the AFC and is third overall in the NFL. He’s just the second player in franchise history to surpass 200 yards rushing. Fred Taylor ran for 234 yards in the Jaguars’ 34-24 victory in Pittsburgh in 2000.