JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A week after laying a 6-point egg in a loss the Jacksonville Jaguars offense responded in a big way during Sunday’s 31-12 win over the New York Jets.
Running back Leonard Fournette was back in the lineup, after missing two games with a hamstring injury but it was quarterback Blake Bortles who ignited the Jaguars offense.
From Jacksonville’s first offensive drive it was clear that Bortles was on target, unlike last week against the Tennessee Titans. Bortles was 5-for-5 on the 15-play, 80-yard drive that gave the Jaguars an early 3-0 lead over the Jets.
In the past when Bortles gets off to a good start that momentum usually carries throughout the game. That was once again the case on Sunday.
Bortles set a new career-high by completing his first 11 passes of the game. He finished the first half 16-of-19 for 216 yards and touchdown.
Sunday’s game was very reminiscent of the Jaguars offensive performance against the New England Patriots two weeks ago. Everybody got to touch the football which was illustrated by Bortles connecting with 10 different receivers.
"I think talking about it throughout this past week, I really wanted to push the ball down the field and make up for not doing it last week," said Bortles, who finished the game with a career high of 388 passing yards. "I think it was coming along and the big thing this week was just emphasizing only take it if it’s there."
That patience paid off. Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook became the first Jaguars duo to top 100 yards receiving since Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns in Dec. of 2015.