The Jacksonville Jaguars went out and absolutely dominated on defense. They forced
four three interceptions, they kept the Pittsburgh Steelers offense in check for the vast majority of the game, and... well... it didn’t matter because the offense — specifically the quarterback — couldn’t get it done.
And here we are, losers of six straight — seven on the year — and out of the playoff race.
Who stood out in the Week 11 matchup? In honor of how many seconds the Jaguars trailed today, here are the five who stood out.
1. Blake Bortles
Just a week removed from playing a very good game against the Indianapolis Colts, the team showed they have no faith in Blake to win the game — and for good reason! He takes sacks when he shouldn’t, he misses wide open receivers, and he overthrows his deep targets. He only had 18 attempts in which to stain the game and he still did it. The offense went three-and-out on their five final drives because Blake is not an NFL-caliber quarterback.
2. Jalen Ramsey
He took Antonio Brown out of the game for the most part and had two of the most jaw-dropping interceptions you’ll see this year. It was all for naught but he was part of a defensive unit that did their job.
3. Leonard Fournette
Fournette ran differently today. He finished with 141 yards on 30 touches — a legitimately good game! — and accounted for an astounding 77 percent of the team’s offense. It was the best game of his professional career but an L is still an L.
4. Yannick Ngakoue
He had one of the team’s two sacks on the day, but he was constantly pressuring Ben Roethlisberger and was a big reason the Steelers passing game was neutered for three-and-a-half quarters.
Yannick gets a sack! pic.twitter.com/9US6NPjaE4— Laurie Fitzpatrick (@LaurieFitzptrck) November 18, 2018
5. Tashaun Gipson
There were only a handful of bad plays by the defense this week, but this was probably the most damning. Gipson bit hard on a double move by Brown who went 78 yards for the touchdown. It opened the floodgates for the Steelers to begin scoring.