Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Two-Minute Drill

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Two-Minute Drill

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

GAME BALL

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was only 12-of-23 passing for 87 yards, but he gets the nod because of his 1-yard touchdown to pass tight end Ben Koyack (on fourth-and-goal) and his game-high 88 yards rushing on 10 carries. Through all the off-target passes, Bortles did not commit a turnover.

X'S AND O'S

The Jaguars are not a big misdirection running team, but needing a boost, they gained 16 yards on their only touchdown drive. The blocking and Blake Bortles' steps flowed to the right, but Bortles pitched left to Fournette, who had immediate open field for his longest gain of the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

8:52

The Jaguars' only touchdown drive of the game lasted eight minutes, 52 seconds, their longest possession of the year.

WELL PLAYED

Coach Doug Marrone probably thought his offense was unlikely to get to Buffalo's 1-yard line the rest of the game. So on fourth-and-goal from the Bills' 1 in a 3-3 game (late third quarter), Marrone opted to go for it. Bortles threw the scoring pass to tight end Ben Koyack. Marrone could have gone for the lead via field goal, but that would have allowed Buffalo to force overtime much easier.

HUH?

The Jaguars' first-and-10 play-calls in the first half: Run, run, run, run and pass. This was like a repeat of the game at Cleveland in mid-November. The Jaguars would grind it out offensively and wait for the opponent to make mistakes. But that was not the right strategy in the Bills game. Perhaps offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will be more aggressive next week at Pittsburgh.

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