- Arizona had an excellent offensive game plan heading into this game. They were able to find a lot of production using quick inside passes to their receivers and tight ends. It appeared to be a schematic advantage that Arizona had identified.
- The Cardinals defense did an excellent job of containing the Jaguars rushing game and getting pressure on QB Blake Bortles. In addition, they managed to shut down most of Jacksonville’s passing attack by matching WR Marquise Lee with CB Patrick Peterson. Jacksonville didn’t seem to have an answer once Marquise Lee was matched, as none of their other receivers found much production, and they weren’t able to execute a scheme to get the passing game going.
- Jacksonville had a misstep in game clock management at the end of the first half when they spiked the ball on a 1st down with 46 seconds left. It would have made more sense to take a shot at the end zone, as there is no need to spike the ball unless you won’t have enough time to get through all of your downs.
- The Jaguars elected to go for it on a 4th and 1 from the Cardinals 1 yard line with 7:30 left in the third quarter, trailing by 13. They successfully converted to a touchdown, but generally we do not agree with risking coming away from a drive with zero points, especially in a road game.
- On a 3rd and 6 with 2:47 left in the game, tied game and in field goal range, Jacksonville called a roll out pass play and Blake Bortles was intercepted. We realize this had a lot to do with player execution, but with 2:47 left in a game and the opportunity to take the lead with a field goal, the only thing that can hurt you is a turnover, so the play call probably should have been more conservative here.
- The Cardinals ended up winning the game on a last second field goal. They were able to get the ball back with time on the clock because the Jaguars had botched an opportunity to run out the clock by electing to pass the ball on 2nd and 3rd down of their previous drive and stop the clock on their own. Had they ran the ball out, they would have at least had a chance to send the game into overtime. After the game, Doug Marrone said he got “greedy” with the play calls.