The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans 16-14 on Sunday afternoon on a blocked game winning field goal attempt to fall to 0-6 on the season. It was a close game that saw some highs and lows from both the Jaguars offense and the Jaguars defense, but some critical errors cost the Jaguars the game.
What went wrong?
The Jaguars lost the turnover battle. The Jaguars aren't a good team right now, obviously, so they cannot afford to be negative in the turnover column. Not only that, but both turnovers were at absolutely back breaking times. The Cecil Shorts III fumble more so than the Blake Bortles interception because it was in the redzone and likely took points off the board. As mentioned, that's just something a team like the Jaguars can't overcome.
On the flipside, the Jaguars defense only allowed 16 points but they could never flip the field and help out their offense. The Jaguars didn't have a single offensive drive, outside of the onside kick, that started beyond their own 20 yard line. Their average starting position was their own 16.9 yard line, which is asking a lot for an offense filled with so many rookies and young players. Half the starting offense are rookies and you're constantly asking them to drive the ball 80+ yards on every drive.
What went right?
Blake Bortles showed the ability when necessary to drive the offense down the field, make plays, and score. Now he needs to do it more consistently, but that was the first time in a while that a Jaguars quarterback has shown that ability. Bortles also overall had a very good day, making some plays out of nothing and keeping drives alive with his legs.
The defense showed up again, despite the fact that people still kill the defense. If you look at the big picture, the defense shut down the Titans in the second half and held them to just six points, including forcing three consecutive three and outs late in the game to get the ball back for the offense. They also pressured Charlie Whitehurst a lot of the game just rushing four players, picking up three sacks and pressuring him 10 times. Sure, it appeared Whitehurst picked apart the Jaguars defense, but in actuality he ended the day with only 233 passing yards.