When the Jaguars lose a game, we play "The Blame Game." Now that they've won, we're going to look at how and why it happened.
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For the second straight week, the Jaguars defensive line played well. Jared Odrick played like a man possessed against his former team as he finished with a pair of tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
“I have to tell you guys that I was lying the whole week," Odrick admitted when he said that it wasn't a big deal playing the Dolphins. "I was just lying all week. Yeah, it did feel kind of personal. I grinded all week and I was very excited. It feels good to say that we got a win. I’ve just got to thank my teammates for being able to put me in this position.”
Jacksonville was able to get six hits and two sacks against Ryan Tannehill and held Miami scoreless in the final 25:28 of the game.
"They did a good job," Tannehill said. "You have to give credit to their defense. I came out and played hard. We knew they were going to play hard. They are a sound defense and executed well. They did a good job stopping the run and then came out in the second half heating us up with pressure. You have to give all the credit in the world to them for having a good game plan and come out and executing it well. We just shouldn't make enough plays."
The second-year receiver has been thrust into the No. 1 role and he certainly looked fit for the title on Sunday. Robinson gathered career highs in yardage and touchdowns in the first half as he finished the game with six catches for 155 yards and a pair of scores.
“A lot of work I put in, in the offseason. I expect myself to have big games," Robinson explained. "It was just about a quick memory. A quick memory from bad games, a quick memory from great games. You’ve got to bounce back. We have another week ahead of us.”
Robinson's great game was vital to the team's offensive success as he dropped a couple balls last week and that set a tone that the rest of the receivers would follow.
The Jaguars quarterback didn't play his best game, but he was certainly good enough to secure the victory. Bortles played a little better than his 18 for 33, 273-yard, two-touchdown stat line would suggest.
“It’s a credit because I think before that play we had time to talk about it," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said. "That’s what Oly put on his plate. He said ‘here’s what we’re going to do and if you get a certain look this is what we’re going to go with. You’re going to have to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage,’ and Blake made the adjustment. First of all, I have enough confidence that Blake can do that and Blake took it on and has all of the necessary checks so it was a great example of taking the information and then executing.”
Bortles did a nice job of rebounding after flopping in the opener.
“Blake is never a real get-down type of guy," Robinson said. "It’s hard to tell but we know, internally, how guys feel about their play. Like I said before, I don’t think Blake had a bad game last week but he wanted to come out there and play a lot better this week. That’s what he expects of himself. Just like the receivers, we have high expectations for ourselves. We don’t really get to down, we know how good we can be when we play at the level that we know how to play at.”
The Jaguars kicker had a forgettable opening game as he missed a field goal and an extra point. Like everyone else on the Jaguars, he bounced back in Week 2. Myers connected on a 58-yard field goal to close the first half which banged in off the crossbar and then capped the game by knocking through the game-winner from 28 yards.
"Maybe nerves got to me last week; I kind of rushed stuff," said Myers, who beat out veteran Josh Scobee in the preseason. "I was ready to roll this week and show my teammates and coaching staff that's not what I am and this is what I am."
After giving up five sacks in the season opening loss against the Carolina Panthers, the Jaguars offensive line stood firm against one of the best pass rushes in football.
The Jaguars didn't give up a single sack all game long, despite starting Sam Young at left tackle in place of the injured Luke Joeckel. Young was often helped by Marcedes Lewis, and the pair nullified the effectiveness of Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon.
"You look at it offensively the offensive line protection that they had, running the ball, getting over a hundred yards they did a good job," Bradley said. "Sam Young coming in and playing left tackle for Luke Joeckel did a really nice job."