Jaguars Collapse In Second Half, Drop Sixth Straight


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Jaguars Collapse In Second Half, Drop Sixth Straight

By Lorenzino Estrada

It was another tough effort, but the Jaguars once again couldn’t get it done at New

Era Field in Buffalo.



The Jaguars were unable to capitalize early against the Bills, losing 28-21.

For the first time in 25 games, the Jaguars broke the longest active streak of not

scoring a touchdown on an opening drive, which was ended by Chris Ivory. The

Jaguars offense came out strong, but they were unable to score for the rest of the

first half. Despite Blake Bortles’ struggles in the passing game, he ran for 81 yards

and still managed to tack on two touchdowns without throwing an interception.

“Albino Tiger” Marquise Lee continued to show reliability when Pro Bowl wide

receiver Allen Robinson could not. The second half was different for the Jaguars

offense, where they managed to score twice, always answering back.



The Jaguars defense was a tale of halves, looking dominant and Seattle-like in the

first, but imploding in the second. Star-studded running back LeSean McCoy was

held in check in the first half by the front seven, but on the opening play in the third

quarter, McCoy sprinted for a 75-yard touchdown and the collapse began. Tyrod

Taylor and the Bills offense took advantage of player errors and coaching mistakes,

scoring 22 points in the second half. While the defense disappointed late, this is a

good learning experience for a young and talented defense.



Despite another loss, the Jaguars were able to go into enemy territory, and keep the

game close, with a chance of winning it every time they possessed the ball. It’s

imperative for the Jaguars to learn how to win games when the stakes are high. The

final stretch of games doesn’t get easy for the Jaguars, where they will face the great

defenses of Denver, Minnesota and Houston. It will be a test, but one the Jaguars will

be ready for.