EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Jaguars had chances. Real chances.
Once again, they failed to take advantage – and the result was a fifth loss in the last six games and a real opportunity to win back to back games.
Quarterback Blake Bortles lost a late fourth-quarter fumble and cornerback Nick Marshall muffed a punt to lose another fumble on the ensuing possession, helping to prevent a chance for a Jaguars comeback in a 28-23 loss to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Jaguars' turnovers came in rapid-fire, momentum-crushing fashion.
First, Bortles lost a fumble when sacked by inside linebacker Demario Davis on1st-and-10 from the Jets 20. That ended a drive on which a 29-yard reception by tight end Marcedes Lewis and a 35-yard run by running back T.J. Yeldon had moved the Jaguars to the Jets 10 trailing 21-16.
The Jaguars still trailed by five points after holding the Jets on the ensuing possession, but Marshall muffed a punt that Kellen Davis recovered. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick passed 20 yards to wide receiver Brandon Marshall three plays later to give the Jets a two-score lead.
Bortles threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bryan Walters with 2:16 remaining to make it 28-23, Jets. New York recovered the ensuing onside kick.
Marcus Williams intercepted Bortles at the Jaguars 25 to end the Jaguars' final possession.
Jason Myers' third field goal of the game – a 35-yarder with 10:18 remaining – made it 21-16, Jets, and kept the Jaguars within range. Wide receiver Allen Robinson set up the field goal by winning a 50-50 ball over Williams for a 44-yard gain to the Jets 45 on 3rd-and-8 from the Jaguars 11.
The Jaguars, after trailing 14-10 at halftime, cut into the lead with a 39-yard field goal by Myers with 4:32 remaining in the third quarter. That made it 14-13, Jets.
The Jets responded to that score with a 73-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard run by Chris Ivory that made it 21-13, Jets with 2:02 remaining in the third quarter. The drive's key play was a 44-yard pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland, who was wide open down the middle for a game that took New York to the Jaguars 29.
Bortles completed 24 of 40 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
Chris Ivory, the Jets' leading rusher, rushed for 36 yards on 23 carries. He had 14 yards on 12 first-half carries.
The Jaguars trailed 14-10 at halftime despite having poor position and several errors in the first half.
The Jaguars took an early 3-0 lead when Myers capped their opening drive of the game with a 45-yard field goal. The 29-yard drive consumed 5:03 and used 10 plays.
The Jets took the lead on the ensuing possession, driving 51 yards on six plays and scoring on a seven-yard pass from Fitzpatrick to wide receiver Eric Decker. Antonio Cromartie's 53-yard kickoff return set up the drive that gave New York a 7-3 lead with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter.
Ivory's 1-yard touchdown run with :43 remaining in the first quarter capped a 32-yard drive and pushed the Jets' lead to 14-3. The score was set up when Williams intercepted Bortles, the Jaguars' quarterback's ninth interception of the season.
On the interception, Bortles threw to wide receiver Robinson, but cornerback Darrelle Revis deflected the pass into the air to set up an easy interception for Williams.
The Jaguars cut the lead to four – 14-10 – late in the first half.
First, the Jaguars held the Jets to a punt, and after a 31-yard punt by Ryan Quigley Jacksonville took possession at the 50 with :26 remaining. Bortles threw 20 yards to Allen Hurns on first down, then found Hurns behind Cromartie for a 30-yard touchdown down the sideline with :14 remaining in the half.
Myers' conversion made it a four-point game at halftime.
Player of the game
Robinson, wide receiver.This wasn't a perfect game for the Jaguars' offense despite the statistics, but the passing game was productive. Both Robinson and Hurns went over 100 yards, with Robinson catching six passes for 121 yards. Robinson's 44-yard reception on a 50-50 ball in the fourth quarter was one of the highlight plays of the game.
The Jaguars were effective at times, sporadic at others against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Bortles was sacked five times, but threw for 391 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars produced 436 yards offense, including 338 passing and 98 rushing.
The Jaguars limited the Jets' running game throughout much of the game, holding Ivory to 26 yards. For the game, the Jets produced 290 yards, 261 passing.
The special teams, like the offense, was up and down. Jason Myers converted all of his kicks – three field goals and an extra point – but Cromartie's 53-yard return hurt the Jaguars early, setting up the Jets' first touchdown. Marshall's muff in the fourth quarter was a crusher.
Images of the Jaguars Week 9 matchup with the New York Jets.
*Left guard Zane Beadles sustained a knee injury in the second quarter and returned. He started after being listed as questionable with a foot injury on the Friday injury report. He sustained that injury in the Jaguars' Week 7 victory over Buffalo the week before this past Sunday's bye. …
*Defensive tackle Michael Bennett sustained a strained hamstring and did not return. …
*Wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring) missed a fifth consecutive game and his sixth game of the season and rookie safety James Sample (shoulder) missed a fourth consecutive game. …
*Running back Toby Gerhart was a healthy inactive for the Jaguars, as were defensive end Chris Smith, offensive lineman Luke Bowanko, linebacker Hayes Pullard, running back Joe Banyard. …
*Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, in his third game back after offseason reconstructive knee surgery, had an active first half, tackling running back Chris Ivory for a two-yard loss early and for no gain just before halftime. …
*Hurns finished with five receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. …
*Wide receiver Bryan Walters caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. …
*Also, cornerback Davon House had two early pass breakups. He started for the Jaguars at left cornerback opposite Aaron Colvin. He had rotated with Demetrius McCray and Dwayne Gratz during the week. House started the first six games of the season before Gratz started in Week 7 against Buffalo. …
We set the scene at MetLife Stadium as the Jaguars prepare for their Week 9 matchup with the New York Jets.