Bortles, Jaguars miss playoffs with 2-10 record


Bortles, Jaguars miss playoffs with 2-10 record

By Lorenzino Estrada


Throughout the season the battle each teams faces is to make the playoffs. The Jaguars no longer have to fight that battle anymore.


The Jacksonville Jaguars dropped their seventh straight, losing to the Denver Broncos 20-10, and officially being eliminated from the playoffs, joining the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.


After a well-rounded performance from Blake Bortles last week in the loss to Buffalo, Bortles once again took many steps back against one of the best defenses in the NFL, lead by Von Miller. Bortles threw two interceptions, including his eleventh pick-six in his three-year career. After throwing that pick-six to defensive back Bradley Roby, Bortles surpassed more pick-sixes than career wins, an absolutely pitiful fact.


With starting running back Chris Ivory out, and backup TJ Yeldon nursing an ankle injury, the Jaguars had to rely on third and fourth-string running backs Denard Robinson and Corey Grant, who could not make any plays. Without the run game the Jaguars relied heavily on the pass, which Denver easily suppressed.


While the offense had their struggles, the defense played lights out. With rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch making his second career start, he was easily rattled by the Jaguars secondary, missing easy throws and always under duress. The Broncos only converted on one of their 13 third-down attempts, a big win for the Jaguars defense. The defense got the job done, but once again the Jaguars offense could not get rolling.


After Sunday’s loss, the Jaguars joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-1994), Detroit Lions (2001-2006), Oakland Raiders (2003-2009) and Cleveland Browns (2008-2013) as the only teams to post double-digit loss seasons in six consecutive seasons.


As Blake Bortles said it, “It’s the biggest nightmare possible.”