The Jaguars ran 10 more plays, gained 30 more yards, had just as many first downs and dominated the time of possession against the Patriots on Sunday. But what they didn’t do was play 60 minutes of football. And as everyone knows by now, you’re not beating Tom Brady — bum hand or otherwise — without playing 60 minutes of football.
But Blake Bortles wasn’t the reason the Jaguars lost on Sunday. Not even close, it turns out. Yes, that final, fateful drive lasted just six plays and included two incompletions and the cursory James Harrison strip-sack (you knew that was coming), but it also included what could have been not only a game-defining play, but a career-defining moment for Bortles. On the second play of the drive, Bortles Womens Sidney Jones Jersey calmly dropped back, glanced right and then came back to this left to hit Dede Westbrook for a 29-yard gain.
Valtteri Filppula Womens Jersey Going from the friendly confines of the Superdome against a divisional opponent to a hostile stadium that, frankly, still hates the Saints for 2009 is going to make operating very difficult for the offense. The Vikings were the best in the league in total defense this season, and the Saints will have to find a way to be an exception.
It’s time to stop viewing this as a silly question for Vikings opponents. Case Keenum has had an excellent season since Sam Bradford got hurt, and his mobility has only added a new dimension to the offense. The Saints have struggled with scrambling quarterbacks, often seeming to forget about containment, and they were shredded by Bradford earlier in the year. With weapons like Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, not to mention red-zone mismatches like Kyle Rudolph, the Saints will have to do a lot of work to try and cover everyone.
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Defensive end Chris Long had a huge hand in Robinson’s 50-yard interception return. Long burst in from the left side and got his arm on Keenum to disrupt the throw for Adam Thielen. The ball went directly to Robinson, who sped down the left side, then made a sharp cut to the right and got a superb block from Ronald Darby to reach the end zone.