They did it.
After nine months of hearing about blown 3rd & 18 coverages, not being aggressive enough on offense in the second half, and of course, “Myles Jack wasn’t down!”, the Jacksonville Jaguars got another shot at the kings of the AFC in Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and this time they aimed for the head.
Lead by a performance of a lifetime by often maligned quarterback Blake Bortles and break out days from the entire wide receiver group and offensive line, the Jaguars exacted their revenge from the AFC title game loss in front of nearly 69,000 “Duuuval” screaming fans at TIAA Bank Field, and staking their claim as the new kings of the AFC, winning the game 31-20.
While the pre-game talk was the loss of Leonard Fournette as he was declared inactive pre-game, it was Bortles and the passing game along with the suffocating defense, who took control from the start, getting out to a 21-3 halftime lead, and this time unlike in January, finishing the deal.
The win is undoubtedly the biggest regular season win in Bortles five year career and will be interesting to see what the national narrative becomes moving forward after this performance.
The Jaguars move to 2-0 on the early season, and remain in sole possession of first place in the AFC South with a match up on deck with the 1-1 Tennessee Titans.