The Jaguars Run Over The Browns: Three Things We Learned
On Sundays, the media is usually looking to Blake Bortles to make something happen for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team has found another rising star who can now help lead the team this week.
Behind 127 yards rushing from Denard Robinson and the play of rookie linebacker Telvin Smith, the Jaguars finally won its first game of the season, 24-6 over the Cleveland Browns.
Robinson was named the starter this week as the team has tried to find a rushing attack since Toby Gerhart went down with an injury the first game of the season. Jacksonville stopped a nin-game losing streak and won for the first time since December of last year.
Cleveland, which entered the game with the league's third-best rushing attack, was held in check most of the day. The Browns ran 30 times for 69 yards, including 36 by Ben Tate. Jacksonville ran 35 times for 185 yards, the team's most in Bradley's two seasons.
Robinson's 8-yard TD run in the fourth quarter provided some cushion, and rookie Storm Johnson added a 4-yard scoring run a few minutes later -- the exclamation point in Jacksonville's third home victory in the last three seasons.
The Jaguars made up for two near misses the last two weeks against Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Here are three things we learned in the Jaguars first win.
RUNNING TO DAYLIGHT
This is the first time the Jaguars have had a 100-yard rushers since last season when Maurice Jones-Drew accomplished the feat. Robinson was a quarterback in college at Michigan and was drafted by the Jaguars last season to play running back. The Jaguars also got a rushing touchdown from Storm Johnson with the score 17-6 in the fourth quarter. Johnson was in the same backfield as Blake Bortles at UCF in college.
HE IS JUST A ROOKIE
Not to complain about anything to do with the team’s performance, but Blake Bortles did play like a rookie on Sunday. Although he did throw a 31-yard scoring strike to Allen Robinson, the UCF passer threw three interceptions on the day. Bortles threw for 159 yards and a touchdown, but the three interceptions which could have been costly during the game. One was deep in the Browns territory, which stopped a scoring drive.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Browns failed to score 21 points for first time this season. ... The Jaguars have allowed two touchdowns in their last three games. ... The Jaguars DE Andre Branch (groin) left the locker room on crutches. ... The Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny will have an MRI on his right shoulder.