Last week there was a lot of bad, and a lot of ugly — this week it is quite the opposite!
The Good: Allen Robinson and the entire offense broke out of their Week 1 funk. Robinson had a monster performance, catching 6 balls for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bortles, who had 2 interceptions in Week 1, played a clean game and managed 273 yards and 2 touchdowns. Allen Hurns, who had multiple drops and a fumble in Week 1, caught 4 passes with no drops and no fumbles. Marqise Lee, who saw his first action of 2015, made 2 impressive catches and stayed injury free. This is what fans were expecting all offseason from the Jaguars’ offense — it just took an extra week for it to show up. Helping Bortles and the passing game was the newly revamped Jaguars offensive line, who gave up 0 sacks to a defense that features Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake. There was another bounce back performance and it was from rookie kicker, Jason Myers. Myers, struggled mightily in the Jags’ first matchup against the Panthers, but he was able to flip the script in his second game for the Jags. He went 3-3, making a 58 yard field goal at the end of the first half and drilling a short field goal at the end of the fourth quarter to secure the victory for the Jaguars. On the defensive side of the ball the Jaguars’ run defense was strong, giving up only 42 rushing yards and allowing just 2.6 yards per carry. Not only did the run defense play strong, but Jared Odrick was able to get a sack fumble against his former team in the closing minutes of the game, that helped to secure the victory for the Jaguars. There was a lot to like in this game for fans of the team from DUUVAALL.
The Bad: There was not a lot of bad in this game for the Jaguars, but there was some. Rookie receiver, Rashad Greene, dropped two easy catches in a row, and one of them was on a third down play that the Jaguars desperately needed to convert. The Jaguars’ running game was not very effective either, as T.J. Yeldon managed only 70 yards on 25 carries. The struggles of the running game came as a little bit of a surprise, since the Redskins ran all over the Dolphins to the tune of a 160 plus rushing yards just a week ago. In addition to these struggles, the Jags’ running game took another blow, when second string running back, Denard Robinson, left the game with a sprained MCL.
The Ugly: The Jaguars pass defense was pretty awful. They gave up 359 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, while not forcing any turnovers. Dolphins Quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, had a passer rating of 108 and a completion percentage of 68. One reason in particular that the pass defense struggled so mightily was the severe lack of pressure on Tannehill, as the Jaguars only recorded 2 sacks.
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