The Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line has been stout so far this season, giving up just 14 sacks through the first nine games. But against a decent Cleveland Browns defense they gave up a pair to their linebackers — one to Christian Kirksey and one to James Burgess Jr.
Neither were until the middle of the third quarter, but both came on third downs.
Who was responsible for each sack? Let’s find out:
Sack #1: 3rd and 6 at CLE 27, 9:34 in 3Q
There are seven Browns defenders in the box to start the play with, surprisingly few for what we saw most of the day — eight and nine man boxes were plentiful on a day that Blake Bortles was inefficient and threw wildly.
Chris Reed was only activated in October due to some injuries along the line and while he played a really good game, this was a play that got away from him. Instead of letting Myles Garrett (No. 95) go inside and giving the block to center Brandon Linder, it looks like he overcommits a bit and allows a big hole to be opened for Christian Kirksey (No. 58) to get to Bortles and force the turnover.
Fault: Chris Reed
Sack #2: 3rd and 9 at CLE 44, 15:00 in 4Q
Seven Browns defenders on the line, they’re coming to attack Bortles on this late drive. Because we don’t know the protection call, it could be T.J. Yeldon’s fault for not picking up the right man, opting to go wide instead of staying in the pocket to pick up James Burgess Jr. (No. 52) or right tackle Josh Wells for going too far wide and neglecting him on his left.
2017 sack totals
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