By Josylyn Simmons –
Jacksonville Jaguars fans left the TIAA Bank Field on Sunday with a 31-20 win over the New England Patriots to avenge last season’s AFC Championship lost.
On the hottest game in Jaguars history at 97 degrees, Jacksonville saw the offense clicking early and fast behind quarterback Blake Bortles and receivers Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole. Early in the game, left tackle Cam Robinson left the game with a knee injury, which force the Jaguars to change their offensive line up.
By Joslyn Simmons – In the first half, the Jaguars tacked on 21 points compared to only a field goal from the Patriots. The visiting team had a chance to have more points, but couldn’t convert a 54 yard field goal attempt.
Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone has seen the growth of the younger wide receivers who made big plays during the game.
“You know [Keelan Cole] is a guy who has been real steady for us. Really work his butt off. I think Dede [Westbrook] probably I would say you know from last year to this year, if you looking at people that have really step up you know as being a professional,” Marrone said. “I think Dede [Westbrook] has made the best change, the biggest change of that which obviously help this football team. Its help him as a player.”
For the second half of the game, Jacksonville began to allow New England back into the game with chances to capitalize on turnovers from both Bortles off an interception and a fumble by rookie wide receiver DJ Chark Jr.
The Jaguars defense made a stand midway in the fourth quarter, with a strip of Tom Brady by Dante Fowler Jr. and recovered fumble to regain the momentum back for the home team.
Running back Leonard Fournette did not play in the matchup with a hamstring injury.
The Jacksonville Jaguars return home Sunday, Sept.23 to face division opponent Tennessee Titans at 1 p.m.