Jacksonville's formula for success was evident
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in the season
opener.It's relying on their strengths. It's playing to their identity. It's
surely not the last time they'll win like
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, either.Sure, the Jaguars would like to have done more
offensively in a 20-15 victory at the New York Giants .But after losing running
back Leonard Fournette to a hamstring injury early, being without leading
receiver Marqise Lee (knee) and having the starting offensive line together for
first the time in a game, the team will gladly take the performance and hope to
build on it heading into the home opener against New England (1-0)."Everybody
has a role in how we're supposed to win football games," quarterback Blake
Bortles said. "Mine is making sure we're hitting the right run plays, delivering
the ball, letting guys make plays, not turning it over and keeping the wheels
greased up and spinning."The Jaguars finished with 305 yards and 13 points
offensively, with all of the points coming in the first half.They really
struggled with Fournette in street clothes, converting one third-down play and
managing just 91 yards in the second half. It didn't help that Jacksonville
finished with 11 penalties for 119 yards.Coach Doug Marrone defending the
play-calling Monday, saying the team didn't get conservative."I don't know if
that was the way we felt," he said. "It might have been the way it looked. ... I
think you have to be able to adjust, depending on what goes on in the
game."Marrone said Fournette's injury is considered minor, but couldn't
guarantee he would be ready to play against the Patriots in a rematch of last
season's AFC title game."If he is ready to go, we will ease him back in there,"
Marrone said. "We will see how he feels. I think a lot of it depends on
that."Bortles completed 18 of 33 passes for 176
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, with a touchdown and an interception."The only thing
I ask of Blake is one thing: I want to win the game," Marrone said. "I don't
really ask him to do a lot of other things. We want to make sure we don't turn
the ball over, but we talk about that to everybody. That's just not him. He
happens to get that speech because he's one of many people who touch the ball.
All we're looking for out of him is to win football games."Jacksonville's
defense won this one.The unit held the Giants to a lone touchdown 鈥?rookie
Saquon Barkley's 68-yard TD run in the fourth quarter 鈥?and scored the decisive
points when Abry Jones tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage that linebacker
Myles Jack caught and returned for a 32-yard score ."That's the way we like to
do it," Jack said. "We feel like we're so talented on defense that we have
defensive backs who can score, linebackers who can score and even defensive
linemen who can create strip-sack fumbles and score. We don't put any pressure
on the offense. If the offense scores, that's even more onus on us. We try to
create points."The Jaguars scored eight touchdowns on defense in 2017, including
one in the postseason. Those were key to developing the team's personality,
which remains intact this season."That's just defense being defense and making
plays," linebacker Telvin Smith said. The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to have
to play a lot better if they are going to beat the New England Patriots in the
rematch of the AFC title game next weekend.The opening weekend was ugly. Loads
of penalties. Offensive struggles. A hamstring injury to leading rusher Leonard
Fournette, and a near meltdown by the vaunted defense after linebacker Myles
Jack gave Jacksonville a 20-9 lead with a 32-yard interception return early in
the fourth quarter.For now, the Jaguars will settle for a 20-15 season-opening
victory over the Giants on Sunday that spoiled the New York debuts of coach Pat
Shurmur and halfback Saquon Barkley and the return of star receiver Odell
Beckham Jr."We were talking about it in the locker room," said quarterback Blake
Bortles , who threw a short touchdown pass and helped Jacksonville take a 13-6
halftime lead. "You never really know how Week 1 is going to go. You have an
idea. You know you've been going against a pretty good defense all camp and all
preseason long. But to come out and find a way to win when you didn't have your
'A' game as an offense, I think it's pretty special."The Jaguars won because
their defense, which scored seven touchdowns last season, carried them. It
limited New York to three field goals and stopped a late drive after Beckham
caught passes of 21 and 19 yards to help the Giants reach the Jacksonville
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, the Jaguars held, unlike in the AFC title game, when the
Patriots scored the final 14 points to advance to the Super Bowl.If there was a
negative, it was giving up a 68-yard touchdown run to Barkley less than a minute
after Jack scored. The rookie finished with 106 yards on 18 carries.Still, the
win gave Jacksonville a positive note ahead of a home matchup with New England,
which beat the Houston Texans 27-20.Jack, who scored on a pass tipped by Abry
Jones, is looking forward to it."It's definitely on my mind. As soon as that
clock hit double zero, I was already thinking about New England," he said. "I
can't wait for that game, and I'm looking forward to Jacksonville being out
there."Coming off a 3-13 season, the Giants refused to take solace in a good
effort, not with a game at Dallas next weekend."It's disappointing when you
lose," Shurmur said. "The one good thing is our team fought from the front to
the back. They fought all the way through the game. Unfortunately as is the case
in a lot of these games that are close, we just didn't make enough plays."Here's
some things we learned in the Jaguars win:O-LINE WOES: The Giants offense line
remains a work in progress. The revamped group needs to give Eli Manning (23 of
37 for 224) time to find his talented receivers and open holes for
Barkley.Facing a tough pass defense, Manning spent most of the game hitting
short passes. There wasn't much time to look downfield.Ereck Flowers didn't have
a smooth transition going from left to right tackle. He was whistled for a
tripping call and a hold on the opening drive. Left tackle Nate Solder also
picked up a holding call.TOO MANY FLAGS: The Jaguars biggest problem was
penalties. They were called 11 times for 119 yards."We know that we can be
better than
that Brandon
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," coach Doug Marrone said. "At the end of day, we were able
to get the win. If you keep on that track, that stuff will bite you."BECKHAM
BACK: Stop worrying about the left ankle Beckham broke in October. In his first
game in almost 11 months, the NFL's top-paid receiver was the best player on the
field. He caught 11 passes for 111 yards and drew two pass interference
penalties late in the first half to set up a field goal."Just being out there
and competing with the best, I wish we would have gotten a win, but at the same
time it's a good starting point for our team," Beckham said.INJURIES: Marrone
wasn't concerned about Fournette, who finished with nine carries for 41. Backup
T.J. Yeldin led the team with 14 carries for 51 yards and Bortles had four for
42. Jacksonville rushed for 137 yards."He's had it before, he knows how to treat
it," Marrone said of Fournette. "That makes things pretty optimistic, which
normally I'm not that optimistic."GIANTS NEW DEE: Coordinator James Bettcher's
3-4 scheme limited the Jaguars to 305 yards, including 121 in the second half.
Janoris Jenkins had an interception and the Jags tight ends and receivers
combined for 12 catches, with only two plays being 20 or more yards.

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