The Jaguars entered this game without a win in Jacksonville. Their only home win came when they played in London as the home team. The Jaguars had not won a game at home since December of last year, but that changed in this game. The team its best game of the season. They did not let a few injuries hinder their performance. The crowd at Everbank Field went home happy for the first time this season. Jaguars fans also have something to look forward to. They looked like a playoff team in this game. They were firing on all fronts and played consistently well throughout the whole game.
Blake Bortles had himself a fantastic game. He finished the game going 26/38 with 325 passing yards and 1 TD and he went 15/16 with 169 passing yards and 1 TD in the first half. Bortles’ accuracy was on point in this game. Most of his incompletions came off of throwaways to avoid a sack instead of poorly thrown passes. He also did a great job at moving the ball downfield. TJ Yeldon went down earlier in the game and was ruled out, while Chris Ivory also went down and never returned. The Jags were up in the 4th quarter, but could not run the clock down because they had no running game. Bortles had to throw the ball as both Ivory and Yeldon were unavailable. Bortles kept getting first downs and increased the lead while chewing up the clock.
Bortles in 1st half: 15-of-16 for 169 yards and 1 TD, which marks the highest completion percentage (93.8%) in a half in his 45-game career.
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Allen Robinson also showed up to play. He has not had a great season, but he made up for it today. He had a problem with dropping passes, but he seemed to catch anything that went his way in this game with 9 catches for 147 yards. Marqise Lee also had himself a nice game. He did not have any catches last week, but hauled in 3 catches for 37 yards with 1 TD. Stat wise it does not seem like a spectacular performance, but his TD came off of a superb catch. The pass was just a bit underthrown and Lee made a nice adjustment to haul it in and continue his momentum into the endzone. Lee also threw a touchdown pass to Bortles on a trick play.
Doug Marrone made a huge impact on the Jaguars in his first game as interim head coach. All the players seemed really dedicated to play and he pulled out a few tricks from the playbook. He also had a lot of confidence in his players such as letting Jason Myers kick a 56-yard field goal, his season long. He definitely made a good case for himself to be next season’s full time head coach.
The defense had a stellar game. They played really well last week and picked up right where they left off. Jalen Ramsey definitely played like he did last week. He recorded his second career interception and returned it for a TD. The defensive line also got pressure on Marcus Mariota and Matt Cassel by recording 3 sacks. Mariota had to be taken out of the game following a sack by Sheldon Day.
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The defense also did a great job at stopping the run. DeMarco Murray was held to 42 yards on 14 carries and the Titans finished with only 58 total rushing yards. They forced the Titans to throw the ball and it paid off as they only completed 21 passes on 44 attempts for a total of 205 yards.
The Jaguars showed what they are capable in this game. They are a team that can make the playoffs, but they just need a good leader. They only had 4 penalties in the game as they seemed to be more disciplined. This game is a very good sign for next season. The Jaguars can be a winning team and the right coach should help them do just that.