Blake Bortles’ Legs
Going into the game the key in my opinion for the Bills to have a chance at winning was containing the running game of the Jaguars. Specifically, rookie running back Leonard Fournette. The Bills did just that, holding Fournette to a total of 72-yards, Fournette had 21 carries for 57-yards on the ground and 3 receptions for 21-yards.
With the Bills stuffing Fournette, the Jaguars turned to none other than Blake Bortles on the ground and it payed off big time. Bortles wasn’t only the Jaguars leading rusher, he was the game’s leading rusher.
Bortles singlehandedly carried the Jaguars onto the Bills side of the field. He began his successful running game on two huge first down scampers late in the first half to set up the Jaguars for a field goal. This was only the beginning of Bortles’ leg work. He later finished the day with 10 carries for 88-yards and averaged 8.8 yards per run.
This was extremely frustrating to watch, as going into the locker room you would think head coach Sean McDermott would adjust and put a spy on Bortles. That was not the case as Bortles’ on the ground was the lone bright spot for the Jaguars offense. This put the Bills defense and myself in a panic.