JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Quarterback Blake Bortles talked in matter-of-certainty tones. Allen Robinson was just as stifled. Indeed, even tenderfoot kicker Jason Myers had a whispering demeanor.
“From our perspective, we expected this result,” Bortles said.
Whatever remains of the NFL, particularly Miami, was clearly more shocked by Jacksonville’s 23-20 triumph over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Jason Myers hit a 28-yarder with 40 seconds left to give the Jacksonville Jaguars a 23-20 triumph over the Miami Dolphins.
The Jaguars are a youthful, revamping group that is not anticipated that would do much. The Dolphins are a veteran-loaded squad with playoff goals. It beyond any doubt they did not foresee this result playing out on Sunday.
Robinson was relentless early. Bortles and Jacksonville’s defense came up enormous late. What’s more, Myers made up on his initial performance in week one, a 28-yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining that ended up being the victor.
The Jaguars (1-1) took the same plan of attack after the season opener, a 20-9 fiasco at home to Carolina. Blake Bortles finished 18 of 33 for 273 yards, adding two scores, no turnovers and no sacks. Robinson snatched six targets for a career best 155 yards and two touchdowns. Also, Myers was flawless, nailing a 58-yarder toward the first’s end half.
“Perhaps nerves got to me a week ago; I sort of surged stuff,” said Myers, who beat out veteran Josh Scobee in the preseason. “I was good to go this week and demonstrate my colleagues and training staff that is not what I am and this is the thing that I am.”
Jacksonville’s defense did a great job, as well. Miami had one last opportunity, yet with no timeouts and loads of ground to cover, the Dolphins didn’t even mount a comeback.
Just as upsetting for the Dolphins was the way the first half finished. Driving 17-13 with 18 seconds left, the Jaguars chose to run a play rather than take a knee.
“They played their tails off from beginning to end,” Jaguars mentor Gus Bradley said. “A things’ portion we tested our group with a week ago, I cherished the way they reacted for this present week and struggled and turned out.”
Watch out for my preview of week three vs the defending Superbowl champions as we travel to Massachusetts to take on the New England Patriots at 1 pm est.