Rob Gronkowski held in check as Patriots are pounded by Jaguars

Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette The Canadian Press

The Jaguars outplayed and outcoached the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady Patriots.

The New England Patriots spent all of the preseason looking for reliable depth at wide receiver, and as they enter their Week 2 showdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars, things are still looking a little thin. "That was certainly not our best effort. It just was not a very good day for us". "We could never string enough plays together".

The Jaguars, who can get to 3-0 for the first time since 2004 next week against Tennessee, did just about everything right. Brady threw a 29-yard pass to Hogan to trim Jacksonville's lead to 11 with 3:40 left, but New England didn't get the ball again. But Jags defensive end Dante Fowler took it right back with a strip sack of Brady - and all New England momentum was lost.

His final TD pass came on a short slant across the middle to Dede Westbrook midway in the fourth quarter.




"I made some mistakes, but it felt good to get out there", Hollister said. Be sure to check back after the game for all the takeaways you need to know from the game. "I just have to watch the film, how they did it".

Brady's longest drive consumed more than eight minutes and 83 yards and ended late in the first half when Brady had nowhere to throw on third-and-goal and flung it out of bounds. The Patriots won the toss and elected to receive, perhaps wanting to set the tone early. I repeat Blake Bortles outplayed Tom Brady. The Patriots leader finished with good numbers by completing 24-of-35 passes for 234 yards and two scores. But little things add up to a loss. "It's disappointing to have the kind of day that we had today, but that's what it was, so we'll live with it, own it and move on". "We have to go home and do a lot better job".

Despite getting down 14-0 to the magic of Bortles, the New England Patriots were a couple of plays from making it a game or even winning the game. Running backs Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead both made the trip, but the amount of playing time they will receive is anyone's guess after getting in some limited sessions this week.

"That was the whole game", Brady said. "We knew exactly what we had to do to win this game, we really just didn't take advantage of it".

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