Everything came together for the Jags today, just not all at once. The defense got pressure on Andrew Luck all day, but got beat bad in coverage a few times. The run game was a lot better than recent games, but failed on some crucial third downs. Blake Bortles played well on paper with two passing TDs and one rushing TD, but struggled to move the ball at times and got saved by a short pass to Allen Hurns taken for a 42 yard TD. Though it wasn’t always pretty, there is a lot of good to take away from this game. The defensive line looked great, they constantly pressured Luck and put him in bad situations. It was the first time all season the Jags had a consistent pass rush.
With all the good things the Jags did, it wouldn’t be a normal Jags game with an equal amount of bad. Philip Dorsett caught a 64-yard touchdown with no defender in sight. Frank Gore rushed for a TD and averaged 4.3 yards per carry. The Jags also took a break in the 2nd half. They put up 13 points and allowed 21 points in the 4th quarter. Overall it was enough to win, but this kind of performance won’t cut it against top NFL talent.
Let's be real, no one was expecting a clean football game between teams that were 0-3 and 1-2. However, the penalties on both sides were insane. The Jags cannot expect to win football games with that many penalties. It was enough this time, but more often than not a team can't even hope to win with 140 yards in penalties.
At the end of the day the Jags will take the victory and enjoy their trip home from London. It wasn’t pretty, but a great man once said.
“It doesn’t matter what you think!”- The Rock