Wow, a game that was different from the last 5. I didn’t get to watch Sunday’s game live, as I was sitting in wonderful Thanksgiving traffic, but I got to skim over the game afterwards and was pleasantly surprised that we didn’t play like shit for the first time in weeks. I don’t think it was a great game, but we could have easily won, especially if there were competent refs. But screw it, let’s get riiiiight into the awards.
Stud of the Week: QB Blake Bortles
I normally use this spot for the best player of the week, but I wanted to highlight Bortles’ performance on Sunday as a major positive in a game where there wasn’t a definite star. I’ve spent a massive portion of this series ragging on Bortles and his inability to play at an NFL level, which I think is still the case. However, he did show this week that there is something to work with. His passing stats don’t look great, as he completed 50% of his passes with less than 5 YPA. The injuries to Julius Thomas and Allen Hurns (along with some poor officiating) hurt his stats a bit, but he still played a good game where he tried to carry the offense instead of being the problem. He threw 2 TDs without a turnover and was able to rush for 81 yards on the day. I don’t think that number is that good, as he should be trying to make more efficient plays through the air over running, but he and the coaching staff identified that him running the ball was the most effective way to get yardage and they utilized him well. He still needs a lot of work, but it’s good to see him play clean football and try to help his team win.
Dud of the Week: Defense against Big Plays
I would love to sit here and complain more about the poor officiating, but you can honestly just look at half of the game-day threads on Reddit to find that talk. Instead, I want to talk about the Bills creating most their offense on 2 big plays. Tyrod Taylor only threw for 166 yards (worse than the team’s average, which was the worst average in the NFL) and LeSean McCoy, along with the rest of Buffalo’s rushing offense, ran for 153 yards, slightly under their season average. However, the Jags allowed 2 big plays which combined for 137 of their 319 total yards (over 1/3 of their total). Without his 75-yard rush, LeSean McCoy had 18 yards for 28 yards, showing that the Jaguars were able to dominate him for most of the game. Taylor would have had 104 passing yards without his 62-yard pass to Sammy Watkins, which is dreadful even for Taylor. The defense showed that it can truly dominate an offense, but you can’t let other teams create big plays to keep them in games. You cannot be a great defense until you can prevent teams from making explosive plays. Let’s just hope our unit can fix this as this season progresses.
That’s going to be it for today guys, sorry it’s short but I didn't get to watch the game thanks to wonderful I-95 traffic. Let’s just pray that the refs solve whatever problems they have with the Jags and give us some fair officiating for once.
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