Jacksonville Jaguars – Always An Underdog

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Jacksonville Jaguars – Always An Underdog

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By Allyson Wraggs @ally32250

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Jacksonville Jaguars Fan Contributor

To say that Jaguars fans weren’t holding out much hope, that we might somehow find a way to defeat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, would be an understatement. There was no way, after their dismal performance in week one against the Carolina Panthers. Or was there?

Kicking off to the Jaguars, Corey Grant ran the kickoff back 22 yds. Blake Bortles took the field with his offense, and opened with a handoff to former Alabama RB, TJ Yeldon, for a pick up of 2 yds. Bortles then connected with Marqise Lee, also known as the Albino Tiger as he’s now affectionately known by in Jacksonville, for a 9 yd completion. The Albino Tiger is a name that stuck after current Jaguars offensive coordinator, Greg Olson, likened seeing Lee on the practice field, to spotting an Albino Tiger at the zoo. Lee has been plagued with injuries since the Jaguars drafted him out of USC in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL draft, and would be seeing his first playing time for the 2015 season, on Sunday. Yeldon then had back to back carries, for short gains.

After a 5 yd penalty by Miami, Bortles would connect with Allen Hurns for 16 yds, then another 36 yd pass to Allen Robinson to Miami’s 11 yd line. Yeldon then ran for 6 yds, then another 4 yds, before being tackled for a 2 yd loss. Bortles ended the drive with a 3 yd touchdown pass to A. Robinson, as the Jags go up 7-0 over Miami. On Miami’s first drive, Jacksonville’s defense gave up a big completion of 48 yds from Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to Rishard Matthews, but ended up holding Miami to a field goal of 48 yds by K, Andrew Franks. The Jaguars were still in the lead by a score of 7-3. On the next drive, after a few short gains by RBs Denard Robinson and Yeldon, as well as a short pass to Tyson Alualu, Bortles completed a pass to A. Robinson for 52 yds. After a 7 yd run by Yeldon, Bortles completed a pass to Rashad Greene, for no gain, and threw an incompletion to Marcedes Lewis. Jaguars kicker, Jason Myers then put 3 on the board with a 27 yd field goal to take the Jaguars up 10-3 over Miami, and would see the 1st quarter end.

Look at us - top of the division!!
Look at us – top of the division!!

The Jaguars started their next drive with a string of short pass completions and short run gains by Yeldon and backup RB Bernard Pierce. The very next play, Bortles connected, again, with a 46 yd touchdown pass to A. Robinson. At that point it became evident to every Jaguar fan that their team had come to play ball. Bortles looked much more confident in the first half of this game, and it showed in the score, as the Jaguars went up 17-6 over the heavily favored Dolphins. But Miami wasn’t giving up. In about 3 minutes time, Miami’s next drive ended with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Damien Williams. The Dolphins climbed to within 4 points of Jacksonville, again, with a score of 17-13. The last 2 minutes of the half saw a stalled possession by the Jaguars that ended with a punt. A missed 42 yd field goal attempt by Miami K Franks, would leave Jacksonville taking over on downs with only 18 seconds left in the half. After an 11 yd run by Yeldon, and a 17 yd penalty by Miami, Jaguars K Jason Myers took the field to attempt a 58 yd field goal with only 2 seconds left on the clock. The kick is up…and the kick is good!!! And an elated Jaguars fan base saw their team take a 20-13 lead into halftime.

It was a tale of two halves, when the only score that we would see in the 3rd quarter would come in the form of a 5 yd touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Jake Stoneburner. Both teams’ defenses seemed to take over, as the score would remain tied at 20-20 until the Jaguars took over on offense, after a punt from Miami, with only 2 minutes left in the game. The Jaguars started their drive from their own 24 yd line. And if past predicts future, the two minute drill would prove to be Blake Bortles’ best friend. After an 18 yd pass completion to Marqise Lee, a 19 yd and 9 yd completion to Hurns, and two short yardage gains by Yeldon, Miami begin burning their 3 timeouts. The Jaguars were on the move. They were on a serious mission, and everyone in the stadium knew it! The next 4 plays were runs by Yeldon and Pierce, as the Jaguars widdled away a few yards at a time, setting them up for a potential game winning field goal. Miami used all 3 of their timeouts before Jason Myers took the field to attempt a 28 yd field goal. The kick was good, and EverBank Field was on fire!

Is Jacksonville really going to win this game? The Jaguars kicked off to the Dolphins with 40 seconds left in the game. The crowd gave our defense every ounce of noise that we could muster to help close this thing down! And the defense fed off of it. After Tannehill finds WR Jarvis Landry for a 9 yd completion, Tannehill three consecutive incompletions. Jared Odrick, a free agent who had come to Jacksonville from Miami as a free agent during the offseason, was clearly leading the defense. The Jaguars took over on downs, and would go on to their first win of the season.

Jaguars fans didn’t want to leave EverBank. It was an evening where everyone was more than happy to sit in traffic outside the stadium. Smiles were rampant, very different from the doom and gloom faces of fans from the week prior. The Jaguars would record their first win in the month of September under head coach Gus Bradley, who is in his 3rd year in Jacksonville. And if the win wasn’t enough, the Jaguars are now leading the AFC South, tied with Tennessee, after both Indianapolis and Houston got off to an 0-2 start. It’s only two games into the season, I realize. But hey, as Jaguars fans, we’ll take what we can get.

Jacksonville will be heading to New England this week to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots. Nobody’s giving us much of a chance, and rightfully so. But this is the NFL. And I believe in miracles! Do you?

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