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Jaguars vs. Bills: AFC Wild Card playoff sack analysis

The offensive line again gave up two sacks in what was a weird, inconsistent day for the offense.

NFL: AFC Wild Card-Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars offense as a whole needs to find some consistency and the problems run deeper than just answering with, “We need better play calls!” The quarterback is out of rhythm, the run game is (still) unproductive, and the receivers and tight ends are largely suffering.

But the offensive line, while not being a spectacular unit, are still holding their own.

Let’s talk about the two sacks they gave up to the Buffalo Bills in their first home playoff game in 18 years.

Sack #1: 1st and 10 at BUF 21, 0:19 in 2Q

Coming out of two timeouts, the offensive line should have been better prepared than this — especially considering it’s just a four-man rush. Lorenzo Alexander (No. 57) just beats right tackle Jermey Parnell around the edge. Blake Bortles needs more time considering there are only a few seconds left until halftime and the offense is moving on one of its few sustained drives of the day.

Fault: Jermey Parnell

Sack #2: 3rd and 7 at JAX 24, 9:11 in 4Q

The Bills disguise a blitz that while it sends just five rushers, confuses the protection. Ryan Davis (No. 56) comes inside and brings right tackle Jermey Parnell away from the edge, that allows Leonard Johnson (No. 24) a free shot at Blake Bortles. I think Bortles needs to dump the ball off sooner as he’s got Leonard Fournette open in the flat and wide open by about 10 yards by the time he gets hit.

Fault: Blake Bortles

2017 sack totals

Player Sacks
Player Sacks
Blake Bortles 6.5
Cam Robinson 3.5
Patrick Omameh 3
Miscellaneous 3
Chris Reed 2.5
Jermey Parnell 2.5
Leonard Fournette 1.5
Tyler Shatley 1
Tommy Bohanon 1
Nobody 1
Josh Wells 1
Marcedes Lewis 1
A.J. Cann 0.5
Chris Ivory 0.5
T.J. Yeldon 0.5

Up next: The Pittsburgh Steelers!