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Observations from the Jaguars Week 9 loss to the Jets

Observations and musings from a close loss vs the New York Jets.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

1) "I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed"

I can't say I am really upset with the loss. Coming into the game, I thought this was a terrible matchup for the Jags and the most guaranteed loss left on the schedule. So the fact that the Jaguars were even able to hang with the Jets until the end is something positive to take away. With that said, this kind of losses are always the ones that sting the most. When you can see victory right there but you just can't reach it, for whatever reasons.

2) This game was Blake in a nutshell.

Blake threw for almost 400 yards, led multiple scoring drives, and basically put the entire offense on his back vs a vicious Jets pass rush that never seemed to waver. But he also had 2 back-breaking turnovers in the 4th quarter that helped put the team in an impossible spot. And that is kinda what 2015 Blake Bortles is. He makes a ton of plays, and the offense would be going absolutely nowhere without him, but he is still prone to critical mistakes in critical situations. For his 2nd year, I think Blake has made great strides. The turnovers have to stop sooner or later, though.

3) Run Defense showed up

The entire defense deserves some praise for how they played the run. Chris Ivory averaged under 2 yards a carry despite having 20+ carries. This was due to the Jaguars DL consistently resetting the LOS, the DE's/Skutta all setting the edge with discipline, and the DBs taking good angles. Ivory scored on two 1 yard runs, but not much you can really do about that.

4) Julius Thomas is playing very bad.

Julius Thomas needs to wake up. I don't know what it is, but that hand injury seems to have completely derailed him for a number of reasons. He looks lethargic and lumbering everytime they send him downfield and his hands have been suspect for weeks. He was supposed to be a game changer for the O, but right now he is playing like the 5th best skill player on that side of the ball. Someone or something needs to light a fire under him.

5) Smooth sailing from here on out?

Thankfully, this was the last opponent that I think you can really say is intimidating, at least on paper. The only team left on the Jaguars schedule with a winning record has lost back to back games to the Buccaneers and BLAINE GABBERT.

Weekly superlatives

Offensive Player of the Week: The Allens.

Both Hurns and Robinson balled out and made huge plays at different moments of the game. We are watching something special with those 2.

Defensive Player of the Week: Entire Front 7 + Cyprien

The front 7 shut down the run and Cyprien didn't miss a single tackle, as he flew all over the field vs the run

Best Play: Allen Robinson makes a triumphant visit to Revis Island and punctuates it with a ridiculous 44-yard catch. #JAXvsNYJ

Allen Robinson is ridiculous. (h/t NFL.Com)

Rookie of the Week: T.J. Yeldon

Yeldon didn't have great stats, but he had one huge run in the 4th quarter and was finally made a bigger part of the passing game

Hanxed It Award: Fumbles.

At one point in the game, the last 2 times the Jaguars touched the ball ended in fumbles.

Stat of the week: On passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield, Bortles was 8-of-10 for 220 yards, 2 TDs. #Jaguars

This is really, really good. (h/t Ryan O'halloran)