Jaguars vs. Patriots final score: 8 Jacksonville players

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    who stood out in 31-20 win The Jacksonville Jaguars just dominated the old guard of the NFL [url=][/url] , beating the New England Patriots by a score of 31-20.The defense? Masterful.The offense? Explosive.Special teams? Solid.Who stood out in the Week 2 home opener? Let’s find out!1. Blake BortlesI’m done talking about Blake and this offense before the game. I’m done. This offense imploded when they lost Leonard Fournette before halftime in Week 1 and I thought they’d limp their way to a close victory that included another defensive score. And then Blake made me look stupid and dumb. Go dance on my grave, Blake. Go lower your helmet and spin away from defenders and drop dimes to Keelan Cole and out Tom Brady Tom Brady in front of nearly 70,000 screaming fans in what was the hottest recorded game in franchise history (and the hottest in the NFL since 2003). Blake is inconsistent, but when he plays like he did yesterday — 64% completion percentage, 8.4 yards per pass attempt, 4:1 touchdown to turnover ratio, and zero sacks — the Jaguars are unbeatable… even without their star running back.2. Keelan ColeA true No. 1 wide receiver, Cole made the best catch I’ve ever seen. The Odell Beckham, Jr. catch at least made sense in terms of physics. Cole’s catch makes zero sense when you factor in actual science. I mean… look at it.I literally dropped my phone and froze when I saw this in real time. I didn’t yell or scream or punch the air, I just froze because my body didn’t know how to react.3. Tashaun GipsonThe Jaguars threw a lot of different looks at Rob Gronkowski but free safety Tashaun Gipson was the primary guy responsible for erasing him out of the game, leaving him with just two catches and 15 yards on four targets.“All week on TV, I saw people saying, ‘Who’s going to stop him?’’’ Gipson said according to “I heard Jalen [Ramsey]. I heard Myles Jack. Nobody ever mentioned me. It kind of hurt my feelings. Maurice-Jones Drew hurt my feelings; he didn’t even give me a chance to go at him.”4. Corey GrantThe undrafted running back picked up right where he left off in the AFC Championship Game, racking up 69 total yards on just 10 total touches. Those touches were important, extending multiple drives and wearing down a Patriots defense that (still) had no answer for him.5. Dante FowlerHe did it again. Fowler did it again, rising to the occasion and providing what I believe to be the most significant moment of the game.Up just 24-13 early in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars were watching their three-touchdown lead disappear. Brady had scored 10 unanswered points and he was 24 yards away from making it a one score game. Bortles had just thrown one of his few poor passes of the afternoon — a misplaced ball to Austin Seferian-Jenkins in double coverage — and the defense had to get back on the field after just a two-play [url=][/url] , 47 second break.On third-and-9, Brady dropped back and Fowler got past his man, strip-sacked the future Hall of Fame quarterback, and then recovered the fumble while being pulled backwards.In the same play, Fowler displayed awareness, technique, and raw strength.Bury me, Dante.6. Dede WestbrookGoing into the fourth quarter, Cole was the only receiver who had truly showed up. The tight ends were providing good targets and Donte Moncrief caught a touchdown, but Cole was it consistently from a receiving standpoint.And then Westbrook happened.He took a simple crossing route and ran 61 yards for a touchdown against a tired Patriots defense.Extra credit to Cole for providing incredible down field blocking.7. D.J. HaydenHayden has played better than expected so far this season and is on track to be well worth his $9.45 million guaranteed for the year. He broke up the fourth down pass to Beckham last week and was a part of the rotation that kept Gronkowski at bay yesterday. He finished with four tackles (two for a loss) and a sack and has made several impact plays in the secondary already.8. Myles JackLast, but certainly not least, is The Man Who Wasn’t Down. Myles was everywhere yesterday just as he was last week — helping in both run support and pass coverage, Myles is growing leaps and bounds in his understanding of where he needs to be and is still so, so quick in getting there. He and Telvin Smith tied for a team-high eight tackles yesterday — but it was Myles who stood out in terms of being able to read and react to what defenses were doing, especially running backs.He’s a star, folks.9. Wiggle ManThank you again for your service, Wiggle Man.Tashaun Gipson is the one who shut down Rob Gronkowski The Jacksonville Jaguars dismantled the New England Patriots on Sunday [url=][/url] , shutting down almost every aspect of their team on Sunday. More specifically, the Jaguars defense limited the Patriots passing game to the point that they needed junk yards at the end of them game to pad them up. One player who didn’t get his numbers padded was tight end Rob Gronkowski, in big part because safety Tashaun Gipson, not Jalen Ramsey, was locked on him most of the game.“I told y’all. The mystery was over. Everyone said who is going to guard No. 87? Just run the tape. I don’t know how many passes he caught on me but zero maybe, Gipson said after the game laughing. “No 3rd and 18s, I guaranteed that so I have to live it. Seriously, it was a huge win for us. It’s exciting.”Many wondered if the Jaguars would man up Ramsey on Gronk to shut him down, but Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash decided to stick Gipson on him most of the game. Ramsey was matched up a few times when Gronk was out wide, but by and large it was Gipson shutting him down, including forcing an incomplete in the endzone.“At the end of the day, I really appreciate the coaches putting the confidence in me. A lot of people wanted to see the matchup with Jalen so I apologize I didn’t give them that matchup. The coaches believed in me,” Gipson said after the game when asked how they limited the Patriots offense. “I have never wavered because I feel I have never met a tight end I couldn’t cover. I have been doing this since last year and it’s a matchup I was excited about. He (Gronkowkski) wasn’t excited about it as I was because I am just Tashaun Gipson. You all were pumped for this matchup because I knew what I could do. When you turn on the tape, you can see what it looked like.”As talented as the Jaguars secondary is, Gipson and Barry Church kind of get forgotten about when we discuss them because of just how good Ramsey and AJ Bouye are. Gipson held Gronk to just two receptions for 15 yards, so let’s give the credit where it’s due.

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