Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

5 Extra Points

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

5 Extra Points

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How else to describe the Jaguars' win over Baltimore? Ravens safety Kendrick Lewis dropping an easy game-sealing interception? Getting the snap before time expired? Blake Bortles falling down and getting back to his feet? Elvis Dumervil's face-mask penalty? Jason Myers' winning 53-yard field goal? Certainly in the Gus Bradley Era, this was unlike any of his previous 40 games.


It wasn't as bad as coming up short on four plays from the 1-yard line against Buffalo, but the Jaguars' goal-line issues continued against Baltimore. For the fourth time this year, the offense reached at least the 3-yard line and didn't score a touchdown. The Jaguars got to the Baltimore 3 in the second quarter. First down: Incomplete pass to Allen Robinson (he was open but it was a tough throw by Bortles). Second down: Incomplete pass to Julius Thomas (Bortles threw a line drive instead of a lofted pass). Third down: T.J. Yeldon no gain. Fourth down: Myers 21-yard field goal. It's as if the Jaguars don't know what they want to be that close to the end zone, and nothing much has worked. They tried the power-running route against Buffalo (and failed) and the spread-the-defense-out direction against Baltimore (and failed).


It came on their opponent's 328th pass attempt of the year, but the Jaguars' secondary finally posted their first interception Sunday when Davon House picked off Joe Flacco on the third quarter's opening play. On the next drive, House intercepted Flacco again. Problem was, the Jaguars got only three points from those two possessions. It remains hard to believe the Jaguars' coaches thought entering the Buffalo game that House wasn't worth the start. They have to accept what House is all about - he's going to make a play (pass breakup or interception) and give up a play. …

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