Patriots Wilt In Jacksonville Heat in Frustrating Loss

Sunday Playbook Pats wideouts need to step up against Jags’ fearsome cornerback tandem

Sunday Playbook Pats wideouts need to step up against Jags’ fearsome cornerback tandem

"The backs were going to have a lot of catches just based on how their linebackers were playing", Brady said Monday morning on WEEI's "Kirk & Callahan" radio show. Despite their world class defense, quarterback Blake Bortles played just well enough to win, and was able to get into a rhythm mostly because the exhausted Patriots allowed him to.

Bolstered by a raucous sellout crowd of 68,527, the Jaguars raced to a 24-3 lead midway in the third quarter, survived two quick Patriots scores in less than three minutes, and then used the second longest pass completion in the last two-plus seasons to cement the win. The absence of Marcus Cannon was felt as LaAdrian Waddle was straight up beat by Fowler Jr. on the strip sack that flipped momentum back to the Jaguars.

"We just obviously didn't do anything well enough or close to well enough to be able to take a win today", Pats coach Bill Belichick said. Cole had 116 yards receiving to go along with the sick one-handed catch he made. I think there's a lot of practices we need and a lot of time that we need to figure out what we do well and what we don't do so well.

Bortles threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns. They moved 39 yards in six plays before facing their first third-down play, and Brady says he missed a shot at Cordarrelle Patterson.

"We go against Blake in practice", Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said. "He was double-covered most of the day on third down, which gives other people opportunities, but we could never really get into a rhythm at the (receiver) position". This will be a good test for us. But we've still got 14 games to play.

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Jacksonville got its revenge against New England, but lost a key player in the process. "Everybody saw that. He's a guy that has been really steady for us, really worked his butt off. ..." You're trying to find your way. "It just was not a very good day for us". The Jaguars, in the midst of a three-game home stand, will play against AFC South Division rival Tennessee next Sunday.

It will now be up to the Patriots and Gronk to make sure the rest of the National Football League doesn't play copy-cat with the Jaguars blueprint. Temperature at kickoff was 97 degrees, with a heat index of 107 degrees.

Patriots: Defensive end Trey Flowers and safety Patrick Chung, two of the team's top defenders, were ruled out with concussions. Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson injured his left knee in the first quarter and was helped off the field.

This time, the Patriots will be forced to leave the friendly environment of Gillette Stadium and face the Jaguars on their own turf.

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