And the offensive line was a perfect microcosm of the offense.
Throughout much of the game, the Jaguars’ line was physical and dominant. They gave Blake Bortles plenty of time and Bortles probably had one of his top two or three games in career history. But at key moments, they just weren’t enough.
Who was responsible for the three sacks the Patriots got on us this past Sunday?
Sack #1: 3rd and 12 at NE 49, 2:23 in 2Q
What a cluster — but I don’t think Bortles had to escape the pocket here. Sure, it looked like guys were going to come crashing in but they didn’t and Bortles gets himself sacked.
Fault: Blake Bortles
Sack #2: 2nd and 10 at JAX 10, 7:26 in 3Q
Leonard Fournette just whiffs on his man and Marcedes Lewis is overwhelmed on the right side of the line. Good pressure by the Patriots deep in Jaguars territory.
Fault: Marcedes Lewis and Leonard Fournette
Sack #3: 2nd and 10 at NE 38, 2:00 in 4Q
Both Cam Robinson and T.J. Yeldon have their defenders make it around them and nearly at the same time and it causes a fumble on the biggest second down of the game.
Fault: Cam Robinson and T.J. Yeldon
And there you have it!
I can’t believe we don’t have another game to break down, but it was a heck of a season by this offensive line — giving up just 29 sacks over 19 games. And the linemen were only responsible for 14 of them by my count!
See you in August.
2017 sack totals
Up next: Free agency!