Chargers Game Day Newsletter 6 Nov 12th Los Angeles_Digital - Page 62

in the second half, while Ivory (17 rush, 47 yards, TD) battled for tough yardage throughout the day to lead the way. and that could provide more room for the Jaguars’ best offensive weapon – the running game. Finally, credit also is due for Bortles’ play over the last two games to give the offense room to work against defenses set on slowing down the best rushing attack in football. Jaguars Defense With the third-best overall defense in the NFL, the Jaguars rank highly in plenty of other categories – including number one in the league against the pass. Bortles against the Colts threw for 330 yards on 18-of-26 passing (69%) with one touchdown and no interceptions and a rating of 124.7. His decision-making and effi ciency continued last week against the Bengals with 24-of-38 (63%) passing for 259 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a 91.9 rating. His confi dence seems to be growing, and that means only good things for the Jaguars offense. Defenses respecting the play of Blake Bortles means Bortles is playing well, AP Images Part of that equation is when the Jaguars pass rush gets going while working with a lead. When working with a two-possession lead (nine points or better), the Jaguars defense has shut down and closed out opponents. In 37 possessions trailing the Jaguars by nine or more points, opponents have only three scoring drives (21 points), while the Jaguars defense has 19 sacks and eight takeaways (fi ve interceptions, three fumbles recovered). AP IMAGES