Jaguars Drop First Game of the Season in Nail-Biter vs. Packers
The /nfl/nfc-north/green-bay-packers” rel=””>Green Bay Packers, 27-24, in a nail-biter that was undecided until the final 20 seconds and a missed conversion on 4th-and-1.
The Jaguars were competitive, to say the least, after nearly a decade of irrelevancy in the doormat of the NFL, the AFC South. The Gus Bradley-coached squad pushed the Pack to its absolute limit, just barely missing out on a win.
While the Jaguars were emphatic about fast starts this offseason, they failed to start fast versus the Packers. Blake Bortles threw a pick on the opening drive, though Bortles was only partially to blame considering that Marqise Lee played hot potato with the ball before linebacker Joe Thomas plucked the pigskin out of the air. With terrific field position and momentum, the Packers’ offense swiftly put seven on the board at the culmination of their opening drive.
The Jaguars briskly bounced back—spurred by a 37-yard Marcedes Lewis reception—and scored a touchdown of their own on a pad-crunching run by TJ Yeldon, who took the brunt of the carries on offense with the unexpected absence of Chris Ivory.
After a rocky start, the Jaguars stuck with the Aaron Rodgers-led unit toe-to-toe until the waning moments of regulation, when Allen Hurns was stuffed in the backfield on a bubble screen on fourth down with just a yard to go on the Packers’ 14-yard line.
The Jaguars’ defensive line once again failed to generate any semblance of consistent pressure on Rodgers’ who accounted for all three of the Pack’s touchdowns on the day. This is an issue that needs to be fixed—or at least worked on—with three other good, if not great, quarterbacks on the schedule in the immediate future; Phillip Rivers, Joe Flacco and Andrew Luck.
The defensive backfield had a banner day with Prince Amukamara, Davon House and rookie Jalen Ramsey playing tight coverage and holding Rodgers under 200 passing yards. Free safety Tashaun Gipson holding down the back end likely was one reason for limited deep pass attempts by the Packers.