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Jaguars Review: Five key plays

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A look at five key plays for the Jaguars in their 27-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday:

STOPPED AT GOAL LINE

The situation: The Jaguars trailed 27-20 and had a first-and-goal at the Buffalo 1-yard line.

The personnel: Two running backs and three tight ends.

The play: Instead of throwing a jump ball pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis or pounding a run play straight ahead, the Jaguars went toss right to Jordan Todman. He was stopped by safety Jim Leonhard for a 4-yard loss. Coach Gus Bradley defended the play call on Monday. “I felt good about it,” he said. “There was some execution that could have been better. For whatever reason, [right guard] Uche [Nwaneri] got off the ball late … he would have had a chance to get around there and get a block. [Fullback] Will [Ta’ufo’ou] tried to cut [Leonhard] and if he had it over again, he would have stayed high. If we execute it right, it’s a good play.” Two plays later, Chad Henne was intercepted in the end zone.

DENARD’S FUMBLE

The situation: The Jaguars trailed 20-10 early in the third quarter and had a first down at the Bills 25.

The personnel: Two receivers, two running backs and one tight end.

The play: Denard Robinson took the handoff and had immediate daylight after blocks by Ta’ufo’ou, right tackle Austin Pasztor and center Brad Meester. Robinson was on his way to his first touchdown after safety Jairus Byrd whiffed at the 5-yard line, but safety Aaron Williams’ diving tackle/strip attempt worked at the goal line. Robinson’s fumble went through the end zone for a Buffalo touchback.

GUY’S FORCED FUMBLE

The situation: Buffalo led 20-13 late in the third quarter and had a third-and-5 at the Jaguars’ 35.

The personnel: Three receivers, one running back and one tight end.

The pass rush: Five against six blockers.

The play: The Jaguars used an exotic look and dropped end Jason Babin into coverage and blitzed safety Winston Guy and linebacker Paul Posluszny. Guy came around Buffalo’s left side unblocked and tracked down quarterback EJ Manuel in 2.82 seconds. The forced fumble was recovered by defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks at the Jaguars’ 45 and led to the tying touchdown.

ACE’S FIRST TD CATCH

The situation: The Jaguars trailed 3-0 and had a third-and-7 from the Bills 12 to start the second quarter.

The personnel: Three receivers, one running back and one tight end.

The pass rush: Six against five blockers.

The play: The Jaguars had all three receivers on the right side and Ace Sanders as the running back to the left of Henne. At the snap, Bills rushers Jerry Hughes and Kiko Alonso were unblocked and Henne threw in 1.32 seconds. Sanders reached behind him to make the catch 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage. He immediately turned up field and scored his first NFL receiving touchdown when he cut back to allow left tackle Cam Bradfield to rub out safety Aaron Williams just beyond the goal line.

LEWIS’ FIRST CATCH

The situation: On the Jags’ first drive, they had a second-and-8 from their 22.

The personnel: Three receivers, one tight end and one running back.

The pass rush: Five against six blockers.

The play: The Jaguars had three receivers on the left side and Lewis was at right tight end. At the snap, Henne faked a throw left to Sanders and then pivoted right to fake a swing pass to Todman. Lewis, meanwhile, started by blocking Mario Williams and released to run a route down the middle. Henne threw in 2.38 seconds and Lewis was wide open for the 25-yard catch (17 after the catch) when Alonso and Williams both bit on the fake throw to Todman. The Jaguars ran the same play to Lewis in the second half but the bang-bang play was incomplete.

 

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