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Jacksonville Jaguars Daily: Blake Bortles can’t deliver when team needed him most

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Blake Bortles can’t deliver when Jacksonville Jaguars needed him most - ESPN.com
The Jacksonville Jaguars defense is arguably the NFL’s best, but it will take more than that to reach the playoffs. The offense -- and especially quarterback Blake Bortles -- needs to start carrying more of the load.

Scoring one or two touchdowns a week isn’t good enough. Neither is what Bortles has done when the Jaguars needed him most.

7 Jacksonville Jaguars players who stood out against Arizona Cardinals in loss - BigCatCountry.com
I thought the Jacksonville Jaguars played their sloppiest game of the year last week. Nope. Not even close. The offense today against the Arizona Cardinals was absolutely horrendous, racking up just 271 total yards and going 1-of-12 on third downs.

Pathetic.

So, who stood out today? Let’s get to it.

Doug Marrone takes blame for final drive in Jacksonville Jaguars’ loss - NFL.com
The Jacksonville Jaguars got the ball back at their own 10-yard-line with 1:14 left in a tie game against the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Doug Marrone had two choices: run the clock out and head to overtime, or let Blake Bortles try a two-minute drill and go for the win in regulation.

Marrone ended up in the middle and it cost his team. The coach called a running play on first down. Inexplicably he then went with a pass on second down. Bortles threw incomplete to Marqise Lee, which stopped the clock. After Arizona held Leonard Fournette on third down, the Cards used their final timeout to preserve 27 seconds. It was enough time to set up the game-winning field goal.