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We’re counting down to the 2020 NFL preseason opener between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers by ranking all 51 regular season wins over the past decade.
Today at No. 43? The first time Gus Bradley won by at least two touchdowns was against the Cleveland Browns in 2014.
Week 7 — October 19, 2014
In the first quarter of this Week 7 matchup we joked that it would be a battle of which team screwed up horribly less often. That turned out to be more prophetic than we thought. It was the first win of the season for the Jaguars and the first win in the career of quarterback Blake Bortles, although it was probably the rookie’s worst game as a pro.
Bortles did one thing very well on Sunday and that was run the read option. He pulled the ball back just four times, but managed 38 yards on those four carries and the threat of his leg helped to spring Denard Robinson for a career day. It was a different story for the Jaguars’ passing game which struggled to find any rhythm all day.
By game’s end, Bortles had 159 yards passing, one touchdown, and completed just 54 percent of his passes. Not exactly a horrible stat line if it wasn’t for three interceptions that proved costly. One set up the Cleveland offense for one of two field goals on the day and another killed what could have been a back-breaking scoring opportunity for the Jaguars.
Why the ranking at No. 43?
Like we said, this was one of just two games under Gus Bradley where Jacksonville won by multiple touchdowns. Not very Jaguars. The three interceptions by the quarterback, however, were.
Beating the brakes off the Baltimore Ravens in London in 2017 and Marcedes Lewis having one last monster game.