Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

5 Extra Points

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

5 Extra Points

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

1 WHAT CHANGED FOR THE OFFENSE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER?

The easy answer would be they finally went to the no-huddle. But despite using it at the 1:53 mark of the third quarter, we think it was a matter of need - they were down 13-0 and running out of possessions to rally. We won't buy the Jaguars are committed to regular no-huddle use until they show it off in the first half of a game or a close game in the third quarter. What also changed for the Jaguars: They were able to get some chunk plays - 25 and 27 yards to Allen Hurns on the first touchdown drive, passes of 11, 15 and 12 yards on the field goal drive and the 51-yard scoring pass to Arrelious Benn to put the Jaguars ahead for the first time (and for good). It's long past time to introduce up-tempo has a regular part of this offense.

2 AT HALFTIME, HOW MANY INSULTS WERE LOOMING?

A conservative over-under is 15. Our best one: "The Jaguars need another bye. Or maybe they just need to go bye-bye." The most critical one was tight end Julius Thomas trying to block Willie Young, Chicago's best pass rusher. To make matters worse, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was rolling toward Young's side of the field. The result was an easy sack. The first half was a floor-to-ceiling joke. The defense was on the field for 40 plays and let Chicago convert seven of 10 third downs and the Jaguars' offense was beyond awful (no points). It once again looked like a team that couldn't handle adversity. But they responded in the second half.

3 WHAT CLICKED FOR THE DEFENSE AFTER HALFTIME?

It sure wasn't creating a turnover or much pressure on Brian Hoyer. The Jaguars' defense failed to produce a takeaway for the first time since Week 1 against Green Bay and their one sack was their fewest since the Packers game (also one). But the big thing was stopping Chicago on third down. The Bears failed to convert third-and-3, -7, -6, -10, -7, -7 and -16. Coach Gus Bradley said the Jaguars dialed up more blitzes in the second half and it did appear linebackers Paul Posluszny and/or Telvin Smith were rushing Hoyer. …

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