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Jaguars and Blake Bortles overwhelmed in Kansas City

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Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

It was a battle of the top defense in the NFL, the Jaguars, against the top offense in the NFL, the Chiefs and it was really no contest on a rainy day in Kansas City.

The Chiefs had five sacks, an equal five takeaways and  quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 313 yards as they built a 23 – 0 lead. Then, K.C. cruised to an easy 30 – 14 win to improve to 5 – 0 on the season.

And, don’t let the final stats fool you as they sometimes can. Despite QB Blake Bortles throwing for 430 yards and leading a couple of late scores, he was not very good for a lot of this game.

Now you have to take into account, that he is continuing to play without running back Leonard Fournette, who is their best offensive weapon. Fournette has now been limited by a hamstring injury and been inactive for three of their first five games.

But still, too many times on Sunday Bortles passes were errant and he was ineffective at moving the team down the field, while they had a chance to get back in the game.

And, he also once again showed that he has lapses in “pocket awareness.” This included this poorly thrown interception that was returned by defensive lineman Chris Jones 20 yd for a touchdown to make the game 20 – 0 just before half-time:


Yes, the Jaguars got in the endzone twice in the second half, but yes, over 200 of Bortles passing yards came after they were trailing 30 -7 late in the third.

So while on paper it looks like a good offensive day for the fifth year quarterback, in reality it was another game where Bortles’ critics will say he can’t lead you to the big wins, when it’s all on his shoulders.

Kansas City was clearly better in all phases on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Jags are clearly still a really good defensive team.

However, on a Sunday where they needed Bortles and the offense to keep up, they could not. And now, the Jaguars have lost two of their last three games while looking poor on offense.

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