The Jacksonville Jaguars lost 24-21 to the Houston Texans on Sunday, but the game wasn't nearly as close as the score indicated. The Texans jumped out to an early lead thanks to a pick-six by Blake Bortles on the game's opening drive, the Jaguars were down by at least three points for all but four minutes and 55 seconds, and the only reason it's close is because of fourth quarter garbage time points.
But the offensive line was halfway decent on Sunday, protecting Bortles well on 49 pass attempts and clearing the way for T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory to gain 63 yards on 18 carries. (Why they only got 18 carries to Bortles' 49 pass attempts is another article).
So who was responsible for each of the two sacks against the Texans? Let’s find out.
Sack #1: 1st-and-10 at JAX 28, 6:01 left in 3Q
No, it wasn't Brandon Linder's man who eventually got to Blake Bortles... but it was Linder who got blown up and caused the Texans to flood into the Jaguars backfield. Linder has probably been the best lineman on the Jaguars this year, so it sucks to see him give up a sack with such an embarrassing mistake.
Verdict: Brandon Linder
Sack #2: 3rd-and-10 at HOU 44, 6:53 left in 4Q
I don't know the protection calls here, so I can't pin all the responsibility on one player. But it looks like both Brandon Linder and Patrick Omameh were a bit confused as to how to pick up the Texans blitzers, so I'll give them both half-credit for the sack. It was a great blitz to dial up by the Texans with the Jaguars driving late in the fourth quarter.
Verdict: Brandon Linder and Patrick Omameh
2016 sack totals
Up next: Detroit!