New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Blake Bortles threw for 388 yards as the Jaguars handled the Jets 31-12.

0:53 | September 30, 2018 | Football, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, NFL

Game Information
Location: TIAA Bank Field Jacksonville, Florida
Attendance: 65,353

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Blake Bortles felt as though Jacksonville's offense wasted a dominant defensive performance last week.

He refused to let it happen again.

Bortles threw two touchdown passes, including a 67-yarder to Donte Moncrief, and the Jaguars offense gave the defense plenty of help in a 31-12 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Bortles ended up with a career-high 388 yards passing, topping 375 yards for the second time in three games.

"(The defense) played incredible again today," Bortles said. "There were some sloppy parts of the game that we've got to clean up, but to give them some points to go play with the lead was good."

It was a much different story a week ago, when the Jaguars (3-1) managed just two field goals in a 9-6 loss to Tennessee.

Bortles was clearly off in that one. He was much sharper against the Jets (1-3), who have dropped three straight.

He found T.J. Yeldon wide open for a 31-yard score in the second quarter and then beat a blitz with the deep pass to Moncrief down the sideline.

The pass to Moncrief was Jacksonville's lone offensive highlight in an ugly second half. The Jaguars had three turnovers that led to nine points for the Jets.

"It's just growth. That's the easiest way to say it," Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. "We've got to be consistent like this all time. Offense dropped the ball last week, so to speak, but this week they picked it up and put 500 yards on the board.

"That's the best measure of a man and a football player - to put that turmoil behind you and move on and show your growth, and we did that."

Jets rookie Sam Darnold was harassed early and often, getting sacked three times and nearly throwing three interceptions. Tashaun Gipson's pick was overturned by a holding penalty on the other side of the field, and Pro Bowl cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey each dropped INTs that would have ended New York's first two scoring drives.

Regardless, the Jaguars allowed 178 yards, allowed 10 first downs and recorded its first safety since 2014. It was the team's best defensive output since holding Cincinnati to 148 yards last November.

The Jets scored their lone touchdown following Yeldon's fourth-quarter fumble, a 2-yard pass from Darnold to Jordan Leggett. It was hardly the "identity game" the Jets had wanted.

"I felt we took a step back today," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "Nobody played well. We gave up a bunch of yards. We usually fight to be in ballgames. We're usually in every ballgame. But we shot ourselves in the foot too much in the first half today. It's back to the drawing board in every phase - offense, defense, special teams. It's back to the drawing board.

"The other three games, we lost on silly things but we were in ballgames. Today, I don't think we were in the ballgame. We didn't give ourselves a chance."

It was about what the confident Jaguars expected. They improved to 6-1 following losses in coach Doug Marrone's two seasons.

Jacksonville's biggest concern coming out of the victory was the health of running back Leonard Fournette, who re-injured his strained right hamstring. Fournette missed the last two games while trying to get back to full speed, but tweaked it during his return.

Fournette ran 11 times for 30 yards before leaving the game for good. Marrone said he's worried about the relapse.

"I'd be (lying) if I said no," Marrone said. `Anytime you come back and you're ready to go and then all of a sudden you get injured again, it's not a good sign."

QB STATS

Bortles completed 29 of 38 passes, with an interception on a ball tipped at the line of scrimmage.

Darnold was 17 of 34 passing for 167 yards. The 1-2 punch of Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell combined for 26 yards rushing.

"We've got to make plays that were there," Darnold said. "I've got to make throws that are there and not think too much, take what they give me and we'll start to find completions and get into a rhythm."

FIRST SACKS

Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams and Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue recorded their first sacks of the season. Williams took down Bortles in the second quarter. Ngakoue sacked Darnold on the last play of the first half.

KEY INJURIES

Jaguars center Brandon Linder was ruled out at halftime with a back injury. ... Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne left game with a stomach illness, and linebacker Josh Martin was ruled out with concussion-like symptoms.

UP NEXT

Jets: Host Denver next Sunday.

Jaguars: Play at Kansas City next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Jaguars
03:41 Josh Lambo 32 yd FG 0 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Jaguars
09:25 Josh Lambo 22 yd FG 0 6
01:47 T.J. Yeldon 31 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Josh Lambo kick) 0 13
00:29 Josh Lambo 54 yd FG 0 16

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Jaguars
12:22 Marcell Dareus safety 0 18
04:58 Jason Myers 27 yd FG 3 18
03:40 Donte Moncrief 67 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Josh Lambo kick) 3 25

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Jaguars
12:53 Jason Myers 38 yd FG 6 25
11:18 Jordan Leggett 2 yd pass from Sam Darnold (failed 2pt Pass) 12 25
00:25 T.J. Yeldon 1 yd run (failed 2pt Pass) 12 31

Team Stats
  New York Jacksonville
1st Downs 10 23
Total Yards 178 503
Passing 144 377
Passing Completions/Attempts 17-34 29-38
Yards/Pass 3.9 9.4
Rushing 34 126
Rushing Attempts 14 34
Yards/Rush 2.4 3.7
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles Lost 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 22:25 37:35

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Sam Darnold 17 34 167 4.9 1 0

Jacksonville Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Blake Bortles 29 38 388 10.2 2 1

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Bilal Powell 8 26 3.2 0 9
Sam Darnold 2 8 4.0 0 5
Isaiah Crowell 4 0 0.0 0 3

Jacksonville Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
T.J. Yeldon 18 52 2.9 1 10
Leonard Fournette 11 30 2.7 0 8
Blake Bortles 3 28 9.3 0 23
Dede Westbrook 1 11 11.0 0 11
Corey Grant 1 5 5.0 0 5

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Quincy Enunwa 4 66 16.5 0 42
Bilal Powell 4 26 6.5 0 8
Jermaine Kearse 2 23 11.5 0 12
Robby Anderson 2 18 9.0 0 12
Chris Herndon 1 18 18.0 0 18
Jordan Leggett 3 13 4.3 1 9
Isaiah Crowell 1 3 3.0 0 3
Terrelle Pryor Sr. 0 0 0.0 0

Jacksonville Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Dede Westbrook 9 130 14.4 0 27
Donte Moncrief 5 109 21.8 1 67
T.J. Yeldon 3 48 16.0 1 31
James O'Shaughnessy 2 28 14.0 0 17
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 2 24 12.0 0 21
Keelan Cole 2 15 7.5 0 9
Corey Grant 2 12 6.0 0 9
Niles Paul 2 11 5.5 0 7
D.J. Chark Jr. 1 6 6.0 0 6
Leonard Fournette 1 5 5.0 0 5

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jamal Adams 10 2 0 0
Avery Williamson 6 3 0 0
Marcus Maye 5 1 0 0
Leonard Williams 4 1 1 10
Morris Claiborne 4 1 0 0
Trumaine Johnson 4 0 0 0
Darron Lee 4 2 0 0
Henry Anderson 2 1 1 1
Jeremiah Attaochu 2 0 0 0
Brandon Copeland 2 0 0 0
Jordan Jenkins 2 1 0 0
Steve McLendon 2 0 0 0
Buster Skrine 2 0 0 0
Neville Hewitt 1 0 0 0
Darryl Roberts 1 0 0 0
Nathan Shepherd 1 0 0 0
J.J. Wilcox 1 0 0 0
Terrence Brooks 0 0 0 0
Josh Martin 0 0 0 0
Doug Middleton 0 0 0 0

Jacksonville Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Myles Jack 4 1 0 0
Tyler Patmon 4 0 0 0
Barry Church 3 0 1 10
Malik Jackson 3 0 1 9
Marcell Dareus 3 0 0 0
Tashaun Gipson Sr. 3 0 0 0
Telvin Smith Sr. 3 0 0 0
A.J. Bouye 2 0 0 0
Calais Campbell 2 1 0 0
Yannick Ngakoue 1 0 1 4
Taven Bryan 1 1 0 0
Jalen Ramsey 1 0 0 0
Blake Bortles 0 0 0 0
Cody Davis 0 0 0 0
Lerentee McCray 0 0 0 0
Dede Westbrook 0 0 0 0
Jarrod Wilson 0 0 0 0

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Darryl Roberts 1 3 0

Jacksonville Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Andre Roberts 3 40 13.3 0 17

Jacksonville Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Dede Westbrook 2 21 10.5 0 13

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Andre Roberts 1 7 7.0 0 7

Jacksonville Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jaydon Mickens 4 11 2.8 0 8

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jason Myers 2 2 100.0 38

Jacksonville Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Josh Lambo 3 3 100.0 54

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Lachlan Edwards 7 345 61

Jacksonville Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Logan Cooke 4 185 54