JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jaguars' running game showed some life on Sunday.
It may have been for just one play, but Jacksonville picked up a quick chunk of yards on the ground for the first time this season.
On first and 10 with 14:39 remaining in the first half, the Jaguars saw a spark from the ground attack. Set up with stellar blocks from tight ends Marcedes Lewis and Ben Koyack, running back Chris Ivory broke lose for a 42-yard gain.
The play put the Jaguars in the redzone and was the longest running play through six games this season. Prior to the 42-yard trek, the longest running play of the season was owned by quarterback Blake Bortles. That was a 24-yard scramble.
Ivory made a very nice play against the league's 30th-ranked run defense. Unfortunately, the ground success was short-lived. The veteran running back was brought down for a one-yard loss on the next play. Two passes later, the Jaguars settled for a field goal.
The Ivory run was the fifth of the game for a running back. The Jaguars used Ivory and T.J. Yeldon just six more times. In those six runs, the Jaguars gained only 20 rushing yards, even with Yeldon breaking out a 15-yard carry later in the second quarter.
The Jaguars only had gains of two yards or less after the big Yeldon gain.
“Especially in the second half, we had seven penalties at one point, and then they started to stack up with some poise penalties and some holding calls," head coach Gus Bradley said after the game.
"When you’re getting into a situation where you are throwing every play to try to get back in the game, that puts a lot of pressure on the offensive line, and obviously we got away from the run game."
Getting away from the run game - believe it or not - limits the effectiveness of that half of the offense.
"The run game – you keep running it, and running it, and running it, and then one breaks out just like it did in the first half," Bradley said.
"That’s how the run game goes. We’re just not in those situations where we can keep pounding the run and have those opportunities come up. With that being said, we need to get more movement up front. I think we need to see the hole and use our instincts a little bit better and hit the seams when they are created. There are things like that we need to school up as well.”
The Jaguars will continue to try to get something going on the ground in Week 8 when they face the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football.
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