(C) Associated Press via Melina Myers
The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the New England Patriots in week 2 by the score of 31-20. Here are some notes from the victory for the Jaguars.
Blake Bortles played lights out Sunday afternoon against the Patriots. He threw for 377 yards and 4 TD’s. He made some great decisions in the game with the exception of 1 throw, which led to an interception, but it was still an incredible day from Bortles.
Keelan Cole stepped up Sunday afternoon and looked to put himself ahead of the other receivers in terms of being the #1 option. Cole made many great catches including the 1-handed catch along the sidelines in the 1st quarter (see picture above0. He played exceptionally well by catching 7 of the 8 passes thrown to him. He was a huge factor for the Jaguars, and it did not look like the Patriots could stop him.
No Leonard Fournette? No problem. The Jaguars offense didn’t seem to miss a beat without star running back Leonard Fournette. The Jaguars looked to prepare this week’s game plan as if they were not going to have Fournette, and it was a wonderful game plan. All credit goes to offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who called an exceptional game. The play calling was great and it seemed like he was a step ahead of Bill Belichick throughout the game. Excellent game by the offense.
The Jaguars lost second-year player Cam Robinson to a knee injury early in the first quarter, and reports are coming in to show that Robinson tore his ACL, after an MRI was performed Sunday evening. Losing Robinson clearly hurts the Jaguars offensive line, but Josh Wells came in and did an decent job coming in relief. Wells did give up 7 pressures Sunday afternoon. This could be something to monitor throughout the season.
The Jaguars defense brought pressure on Tom Brady and laid some hits on him to affect some of his throws. The defense had 4 QB hits, and 2 sacks. Although it wasn’t the greatest day for the defense, it clearly affected Brady.
The Jaguars held the Patriots running backs to 67 yards rushing and 80 yards receiving. This was a matchup to watch and it felt like the Jaguars did a decent job of limiting the running backs. Running back James White led the Patriots in receiving yards and was the most targeted player by Brady. It could be an issue down the season but for now, the Jaguars did a good job limiting the backs.
Star tight end Rob Gronkowski was held to 2 catches for 15 yards. He had no impact on the game which was great to see. Safety Tashaun Gipson was put on him a majority of the game and it worked to success.
DJ Hayden and Dante Fowler Jr. got the two sacks on Tom Brady, and Fowler’s sack led to a fumble which was recovered by Fowler. The stadium was electric at this point and when Fowler strip sacked Brady, it sent the stadium into a frenzy.
Players of the game:
Offense: Blake Bortles and Keelan Cole
Defense: Dante Fowler and DJ Hayden
The Jaguars have another home matchup next week against the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm.