Every week it’s something new. The Jaguars continue to put together a solid day from all three phases, defense, special teams and offense, and are still 1 and 4 after falling to the Bucs 38-31.
The thousands of fans that traveled to Tampa Bay saw Blake Bortles have arguably his best day as a pro, but two costly turnovers, no run defense and special teams doomed them. Hopefully, returning to EverBank this weekend will help, after three rough losses on the road. The Patriots never punted, they had six drives in the Colts territory in the second half without points before loosing to the Colts and now the rebuilding Buccaneers win their first home game since 2013.
Tampa Running back Doug Martin had his best game since 2012, with 160 total yards and three touchdowns. The run defense had been one of the team’s biggest strengths all season, and it’s even worse considering Bortles threw for 303 yards and a career high of four TDs. Their biggest problem from the last couple weeks has been not finishing drives and red zone problems — though these were the opposite this game. They scored on all five possessions in the red zone. Bobby Rainey averaged almost 30 yards each punt return for the Bucs and Jameis Winston worked with a short field a lot of the time.
The team still needs to turn the corner, and there are really good players on both sides of the ball. Robinson and Hurns continue to show constancy, they each seem like a good lock to have the best season from a receiver since Jimmy Smith in 2005. T.J. Yeldon didn’t have a big game, but made something out of nothing the entire time. The entire O-line was not as good as previous weeks, giving up six sacks as well. After falling down 20 to 7, the Jags rallied and lead 24 to 20, but a costly turnover by Corey Grant and big punt returns flipped the momentum.
It’s another disappointing loss in a winnable game. Now this week they take on the Texans at home, who are also 1 and 4 and have made two QB changes already this season.