The Jacksonville Jaguars may not have completely solved their issues with the red zone offense, but they did prove they could score when they had to.
Last week, in a 42-39 loss to Tennessee, Bortles and his cast of weapons, scored six times in six attempts. Five by air, one on the ground. It was the best offensive output of the season and showed the NFL this is a team on the rise. If only they had won the game.
Not only is the red zone one of the issues the team worked on prior to the game against the Titans and showed proficiency in, but it also was able to convert third down conversions at a high rate and sustain long drives, eating away at the clock.
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The shootout at Nissan Stadium wasn’t without issue as three missed opportunities, two extra points and a failed two-point conversation, were the difference in the ballgame.
Now that Bortles (27 touchdowns on the season) has shown his second season in the NFL to be his coming out party, can he continue this rate over the next four games? The coaching staff, the fans and Bortles hopes so.
Bortles said on Jaguars.com: “We expect to do that and now we’ve shown we have the ability to do it. Now, it’s how do we do it consistently week in and week out and be productive in those areas.”
Playing at home this week against the division leading Indianapolis Colts, does this team still have something left in the tank or did it fire all its arsenal in one week’s time?
The Jaguars get Allen Hurns back after being out with a concussion and have to be pleased with the work of tight end Julius Thomas. The running game still needs work, but TJ Yeldon is improving. Jacksonville is two games back of the Colts in the division at 4-8, but still has a slim hope of making the playoffs.