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Key Coaching Decision #1: (JAC ball, leading 3-0 / fourth-and-1 at NYJ 4 / 9:25 Q2)
• Jacksonville’s Josh Lambo kicks a 22-yard field goal on fourth-and-1 from the Jets 4-yard line. This was surprising as Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles had completed 11 straight passes to this point in the game. This was the right call as the Jaguars, even though they were punishing the Jets, needed to come away with points after putting together a 12-play, 73-yard drive that took up nearly seven minutes. It likely would have been deflating for the Jaguars to have controlled the game in this manner and to come away with no points on this drive.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (NYJ ball, trailing 13-0 / fourth-and-1 at JAC 49 / 1:07 Q2)
• The Jets were only down two scores when they attempted a fourth-down conversion near midfield. Sam Darnold’s pass to wide receiver Quincy Enunwa fell incomplete.
• It was surprising that they would not have punted. An unsuccessful attempt would give the Jaguars the ball back in good field position, with two timeouts. It was also surprising that the Jets would attempt a low percentage play here rather than something that was closer to the sticks.
• Jacksonville took over on downs and drove down field and kicked a field goal to take a 16-0 lead at halftime. (An unsportsmanlike penalty was assessed on the Jaguars after the failed fourth-down conversion, otherwise it would have been more likely the Jaguars could have tacked on six points rather than three.)
• This wasn’t a competitive game. Jacksonville dominated from start to finish. It was 16-0 at halftime. The Jaguars dominated in nearly every facet of the game and by every objective measure:
o Time of possession disparity was big in this game (Jaguars, 37:35 to 22:25) as was total yards (503 yards to 178 yards) in favor of the Jaguars.
• Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette re-injured his hamstring in the first half and did not return.
• Jacksonville’s defense didn’t let the Jets’ offense get off the ground as the Jets gained only 34 yards on 11 carries and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold was 17-for-34 with 167 yards passing and one touchdown.
• An interesting storyline from this game is that Doug Marrone and the Jaguars attempted a two-point conversion, up 19 points with 25 seconds remaining in the game.