Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars are undefeated this December. They've taken down the Colts, Seahawks, and Texans, scoring at least 30 points in all three of their December wins.
During that time period the Jaguars defense has been fantastic, per usual. What has been so surprising to this point in December is the play of the Jaguars passing offense. Led by quarterback Blake Bortles the Jags aerial attack has come to life late in the season and has been as potent as any in the league during the team's recent win streak.
Prior to December the Jaguars passing offense went through a bit of a rough patch. Against the Chargers Bortles was picked off twice in the last two minutes of the game, yet the Jaguars defense was able to bail the offense out and escape with a narrow overtime victory. Just two weeks later Bortles was picked off on the Jaguars final drive of the game against the Cardinals - a turnover that cost the Jaguars the game. It appeared Bortles and the Jaguars offense had reached an all time low.
But since then Blake Bortles has been the best QB in football, seemingly flipping the switch, going from a below average starting quarterback to a guy playing at an MVP level.
Now, Blake Bortles certainly won't be the NFL MVP this year, but if you looked only at his last three games you'd be hard pressed to find someone playing better QB.
Bortles has certainly been aided by the offensive line regaining it's health, and his receivers making the plays that are there for them, but the Jaguars offensive rebirth this December should be credited to Blake Bortles.
Over the last three contests he's thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions. With a QB rating well over 120 and a completion percentage of 71 Bortles has looked the part of the franchise QB he was drafted to be. He has the highest yards per attempt and yards per completion during the recent stretch as well.
The Jaguars now have two regular season games left. If they win either of them or the Titans lose another game then the Jaguars will win their first ever AFC South division title.
If the Jaguars win both of their remaining games, they'll have a shot at the first or second overall seed in the AFC playoffs. All they need to jump to number two is either the Steelers or Patriots to lose one more game - If both teams happen to drop another game, then the Jaguars will earn the number one seed in the AFC and have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
All of this, in large part, is thanks to the play of Blake Bortles lately. He's certainly making a case to be kept around in 2018 and possibly beyond. His performance in the final two regular season games and the playoffs will likely determine his fate.
Will Bortles and the Jaguars passing offense continue to soar?
Stay tuned for more!
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