The conservative gameplan ended up being their undoing, as they played timidly on offense as the Patriots kept their foot on the gas. Cole delivered the key block.
The supposed battle between Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't materialize, but the Jaguars defense made a collective effort to stop the star tight end. What that means is that for the last 9 seasons, the Patriots only lose 3 or 4 games per season.
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Bolstered by a raucous sellout crowd of 68,527, the Jaguars raced to a 24-3 lead midway in the third quarter, survived two quick Patriots scores in less than three minutes, and then used the second longest pass completion in the last two-plus seasons to cement the win. I think everyone, whenever you play some of the best teams, you want to see where you're measured up to, and that defense has been ranked very high all past year, and I could see why. "We could talk about it all day". The Lions are having problems getting used to his coaching style and have dropped their first two games, including a 48-24 home loss to the Jets in the season opener.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Friday that if Fournette plays, his snaps will not be limited. Going back to a Week 1 win over the Houston Texans, the Patriots have surrendered TDs in four of their last five red-zone situations.
The game matters, and not just because of the Jaguars' chance to take revenge. "T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant will get the workload for the Jaguars' running game", he reports.
Patriots rookie Sony Michel, a first-round draft pick from Georgia, carried 10 times for 34 yards in his National Football League debut. Defensive end Trey Flowers left the game in the first quarter, and safety Patrick Chung was hurt injured in the second half. In the first quarter, facing first and 15 at their own 24, Bortles lobbed a left sideline pass to Keelan Cole. Defensive end Calais Campbell, questionable to play because of a sore right knee, left after getting poked in his right eye.