The NFL has taken notice early. The Jacksonville Jaguars will not back down to any opponent on their schedule this season.
The defense gets the accolades as they deserve but Blake Bortles is the reason why the Jacksonville Jaguars won convincingly over the New England Patriots by the final score of 31-20.
Bortles threw four touchdown passes, three in the first half, and the Jaguars beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in a rematch of last season’s AFC championship game.
Bortles threw for 377 yards in a nearly flawless game, his passes where accurate along with his running ability. The win ended an eight-game losing streak against Brady. The Jaguars look like they were having fun in the process.
“Every week is about us,” Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. “We feel like if we’re at the top of our game, we can’t be beat. They were our opponents, so that’s what we prepared for.”
There was no comfort until the final whistle blew for the Jaguars. Unlike the title game where the Jaguars led 20-10 in the 4th quarter, Jacksonville kept throwing, even in the final minutes, and put it on the offense to close out the game.
Jacksonville’s offense was impressive even without running back Leonard Fournette. The second year running back sat out while recovering from a sore right hamstring he tweaked in the season opener at the New York Giants. T.J. Yeldon did his part rushing ten times for 58 yards, but both would contribute to Bortles. Also, they were without left tackle Cam Robinson who is officially out for the season with a torn ACL.
The teams played in the hottest game in Jaguars history. The temperature at kickoff was 97 degrees, with a heat index of 107 degrees. According to the NFL, it was the warmest game since Green Bay played at Arizona in 2003.
The edge will go to the Jaguars benefiting to how hot this team is with their balance of offense, defense, and coaches under Doug Marrone. They can handle it moreover Patriots better heat up themselves.
The beat goes on; the Jaguars host AFC South rival Tennessee in the second of three straight home games.