The Jaguars achieved fairly a bit throughout Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field.
The group received by itself “true” house turf for the primary time in almost 11 months. It received back-to-back video games for the primary time in over a yr. Most importantly, the group completed its second quarter of the season, Three-1, which has led to a 5-Three file to finish the primary half of the marketing campaign.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone and his squad have turned the web page on the group’s historical past of early-season shedding. They’ve been dominant in wins and this one was no totally different, even with out their prime offensive participant.
Here are 10 observations following the Jaguars’ 23-7 win over the Bengals:
1. Jaguars make up for Fournette’s loss with veteran operating backs
The Jaguars despatched out some stunning information 90 minutes earlier than kickoff Sunday. The group benched beginning operating again Leonard Fournette for violating group guidelines.
On paper, one would suppose the collateral harm would stretch previous the hundreds of fantasy soccer gamers who personal Fournette on their rosters. Chris Ivory, T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant performed very properly with out Fournette in Week 7 however might they actually do it once more in opposition to the Bengals?
Well, the reply was sure. Ivory produced considered one of his higher video games with the Jaguars, accumulating 103 complete yards on 23 carries. Ivory led the group with 69 speeding yards, setting the tone on a number of drives.
First Coast News listed Ivory because the Jaguars’ participant of the sport for his work.
Yeldon bounced again from an early fumble and made an affect as a change-of-pace again and a blocker. He additionally helped shut out the sport with just a few runs within the fourth quarter.
Grant made his restricted carries rely, as he produced 18 yards on 4 carries.
The trio produced 128 speeding yards and 45 receiving yards. That’s 173 of the 407 complete yards for the Jaguars’ offense.
2. Bortles was terrific for the second-straight recreation
Jaguars followers proceed to clamor for somebody new at quarterback. However, Bortles’ efficiency over the past two weeks has the Jaguars’ entrance workplace feeling mighty badured within the fourth-year participant.
The Jaguars had been 12-of-18 on third down in opposition to the Bengals. Bortles was a big motive why the group was capable of convert 66 p.c of their third-down makes an attempt. The Jaguars began off 9-of-10 on third down, which is a really spectacular output.
Bortles hit eight totally different receivers and accomplished 24-of-38 pbades for 259 yards and a landing. His mobility within the pocket helped him keep away from being sacked and he collected 20 speeding yards on 5 carries.
For essentially the most half, his decision-making was on level. He missed just a few throws, together with a large open shot at tight finish Marcedes Lewis within the second quarter. He additionally did not see rookie vast receiver Keelan Cole streaking downfield by himself on the play earlier than that.
Otherwise, Bortles was excellent, as Marrone mentioned in his post-game press convention.
Three. The protection continues to dominate
The Jaguars’ protection held the Bengals’ offense to only 148 totals yards and a landing.
The Bengals have struggled mightily on offense this season and the Jaguars performed them completely.
The Jaguars did not produce turnovers and solely had two sacks however they had been capable of cease the run and make Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton irrelevant.
New defensive deal with Marcell Dareus stood out on just a few performs in opposition to the run.
four. Lambo solidifies himself because the Jaguars’ kicker
The Jaguars made a well-liked transfer in releasing former kicker Jason Myers after Week 6. The group then signed Josh Lambo, who wasn’t a really inspiring addition on paper.
So far, Lambo has been great. On Sunday, he was Three-of-Three on area objectives and 2-of-2 on further level makes an attempt.
Lambo made a career-high 56-yard area purpose within the second quarter. It was the primary transformed area purpose try of 50 yards or extra for the Jaguars this season.
5. Ramsey in all probability should not have been ejected
The jawing back-and-forth between Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Bengals vast receiver A.J. Green within the first half might have been seen from house. Ramsey was persistently animated earlier than, after and in between performs.
Eventually, the smack speak led to precise – anticipate it – smacks (learn: punches). Green was incensed after Ramsey pushed him to the bottom in direction of the tip of the second quarter. The vast receiver responded by throwing Ramsey to the bottom and punching him within the head (with a helmet on) a number of instances.
Green was positively deserving of an ejection. Ramsey in all probability ought to have obtained a private foul name and a giant advantageous.
Referee Brad Allen defined that Ramsey introduced on the brawl and had been warned previous to the combat. Green was warned as properly.
None of the opposite gamers concerned had been thrown out. I am undecided why Ramsey – who didn’t throw a fist – was rushed off the sphere. It will probably be fascinating to see how the league handles this case shifting ahead.
There will presumably be fairly just a few fines handed out.
6. The makeshift offensive line performed properly
The Jaguars had been with out A.J. Cann at proper guard in opposition to the Bengals. The group’s answer was to maneuver beginning heart Brandon Linder to proper guard and preserve his substitute Tyler Shatley within the center. Both gamers delivered in opposition to the Bengals.
The pair helped the Jaguars acquire 148 speeding yards. The general group protected Bortles, not permitting a sack within the contest.
It was a terrific signal for the group shifting ahead because it’s clear Shatley has turn out to be a powerful sixth lineman.
7. Lee does not have to observe apparently
I’ve been exhausting on Jaguars beginning vast receiver Marqise Lee. He had not stepped up as a prime receiving menace previous to the bye week.
On Sunday, Lee seemed like a real No. 1 choice within the receiving recreation. He collected 75 yards and a landing on eight receptions.
Lee missed two practices this week with a knee damage. He did not want these periods to excel in opposition to Cincinnati.
eight. Jacksonville has discovered a high quality punt returner
First-year vast receiver Jaydon Mickens appeared to be on the cusp of being a one-week call-up with rookie vast receiver Dede Westbrook probably returning to the lineup this week. Against the Bengals, he made himself a key piece to the puzzle.
It will probably be exhausting to maneuver on from Mickens after his 63-yard punt return for a landing. He confirmed spectacular velocity and adopted his blocks very properly.
Sidenote: He additionally has a terrific persona within the locker room.
9. Lewis continues his profession resurgence
A number of people had been involved in regards to the group’s tight finish place after Mychal Rivera was placed on injured reserve in September. Lewis has curbed these considerations when focused this season.
On Sunday, Lewis was instrumental within the Jaguars’ success within the first half. He caught three pbades for 49 receiving yards.
On the season, Lewis has caught 10 pbades for 154 yards and 4 touchdowns.
10. Marrone deserves plenty of credit score for the 5-Three begin
The Jaguars added some high quality gamers this offseason. While they’ve hit on a lot of the them, Marrone deserves plenty of credit score for the way they’ve all come collectively.
The Jaguars haven’t got their prime vast receiver. The offensive line has modified just a few instances this season. Marrone simply benched his prime operating again.
Still, Marrone has led this group to a 5-Three begin. That’s as many wins as his predecessor had in his greatest full season.
The gamers, the entrance workplace and the badistant coaches all deserve credit score however Marrone is the man making this work on a week-to-week foundation. If the Jaguars make the playoffs, he must be receiving votes for NFL Coach of the Year.
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