JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Facing the league's worst defense, the Jacksonville Jaguars' (2-4) offense was held to just 16 points in an embarrassing home loss to the Oakland Raiders (5-2) on Sunday.
The 33-16 loss snapped the Jaguars' two-game winning streak and continued to prove the Jacksonville offense is not as polished as some had expected during the offseason.
Oakland entered the game ranked last in total defense, last in passing defense and 30th in run defense. That didn't seem to matter as the Jaguars were stopped short of the end zone for the majority of the game. Jacksonville was forced to settle for field goals when the team was in position to score touchdowns.
Adding to the Jaguars' offensive woes were the downfield strikes from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. The highlight of the game came on a 56-yard bomb from Carr to wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The big gain helped the Raiders close out the first half with a touchdown.
Carr hit nine different targets and completed 21-of-35 passes for 175 passing yards and a passing touchdown, as the Raiders owned the scoreboard. Despite the Jaguars defense doing its best to keep Jacksonville in the game, Carr's ability to roll out of the pocket and heave the ball downfield was too much to overcome.
It also helped that the running game picked up 146 total yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries on Sunday.
Crabtree was Carr's main target. The wide receiver collected eight catches for 96 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles failed to find any consistency against the Raiders, as he continued his season-long slump. Bortles was picked off in the first quarter while targeting wide receiver Marqise Lee in the endzone. His game seemed to spiral downward after the turnover.
Bortles completed 23-of-43 passes for 246 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. His top target was Lee, who was the Jaguars' lone bright spot. Lee caught seven receptions for 107 yards and averaged 23 yards on four kick returns.
On defense, the Jaguars were held without a sack or a turnover. Defensive tackle Malik Jackson was ejected from the game after receiving two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the fourth quarter. Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton were also ejected for a physical altercation in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders and the Jaguars combined for 24 penalties for 239 yards.
The Jaguars won the coin toss and elected to defer. Raiders kick returner Jalen Richard downed the kickoff in the end zone, which led to a touchback.
Starting at their own 25-yard line, the Raiders immediately went to the running game. After two runs for four yards, quarterback Derek Carr failed to connect with wide receiver Michael Crabtree on third and 6. The three-and-out forced a 57-yard punt by Marquette King.
Following a short punt return from wide receiver Rashad Greene, the Jaguars offense started off at its own 22-yard line. Bortles threw two incompletions on the opening drive, which forced the Jaguars offense off the field quickly. The Jacksonville three-and-out led to Brad Nortman's first punt of the game.
The Raiders went to the air on the first play of the offense's second drive. Carr connected with tight end Mychal Rivera for a gain of 13 yards. It was the game's first earned first down. Carr later threw a ball on the run to Crabtree for a gain of 11 yards to get the Raiders into Jaguars' territory.
Carr continued to throw strikes downfield, hitting wide receiver Seth Roberts for a gain of 26 yards to bring Oakland to the Jaguars' 12-yard line. On third and 5 from the 7-yard line, a pass from Carr to tight end Clive Walford fell incomplete in the end zone. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 26-yard field goal attempt to put the Raiders up 3-0 with 9:06 remaining in the first quarter.
Wide receiver Marqise Lee returned a kickoff to the 33-yard line. A holding call on the defense, helped the start of the Jaguars offense's second drive. However, running back Chris Ivory fumbled on the next play. The Jaguars recovered.
Two plays later, Bortles scrambled for a 17-yard gain and a holding call on the Raiders moved the Jaguars up another five yards. Bortles picked up another first down with his feet a few plays later. The 11-yard gain put the Jaguars in the redzone.
Despite the momentum pointing in the Jaguars' direction, Bortles threw an interception just two plays later. Aiming for Lee in the end zone, Bortles' pass was picked off by Raiders cornerback David Amerson. The cornerback was knocked down in the end zone for a touchback.
The Raiders offense was unable to take advantage of the interception, but the Oakland special teams unit later recovered a muffed punt return by Greene. The Jaguars' second of two-straight turnovers put the Raiders in the redzone. Oakland was unable to get into the end zone but came away with a field goal from Janikowski. The 32-yard field goal put the Raiders up 6-0 with 14:55 remaining in the half.
Bortles - at the Jaguars' 25-yard line - went deep to wide receiver Allen Robinson. A pass interference penalty was called on Amerson, which moved the Jaguars to the 50-yard line. A 42-yard run by Ivory then set the Jaguars up at the Oakland eight-yard line. However, the Jaguars couldn't punch the ball into the end zone.
A 23-yard field goal by Jason Myers cut the Oakland lead to three. With 12:38 remaining in the first half, the Jaguars trailed 6-3.
Following a touchback on the kickoff, the Raiders ran a reverse with wide receiver Johnny Holton. The run picked up 29 yards and Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien saved the play from going to the end zone. After the big run, Oakland kept its foot on the gas.
Carr led an 11-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a two-yard rushing touchdown from running back Latavius Murray. The Oakland ground game picked up 63 rushing yards and a touchdown on the drive. After a successful extra point attempt by Janikowski, the Raiders led 13-3 with 5:32 remaining in the game.
A 15-yard run by running back T.J. Yeldon picked up a quick first down for the Jaguars on the next drive. On third and 3, Bortles hit Lee on a crossing route for a 38-yard gain.
Set up in the redzone, a holding calling on Jaguars guard Patrick Omameh on third down forced Jacksonville into a rough spot. On third and 19, Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack got in Bortles' face, which forced the quarterback to throw the ball away.
Myers nailed a 37-yard field goal with 1:49 remaining in the half. The Jaguars trailed 13-6 at that point.
Carr unloaded on the next drive. The Raiders quarterback threw on the run and connected with Crabtree for a 56-yard gain. The downfield strike put Oakland at the Jacksonville two-yard line. With 14 seconds remaining in the half, Carr hit Crabtree for a two-yard touchdown completion. The extra point attempt was good and the Raiders led 20-6 heading into halftime.
The Jaguars came out of halftime with a 34-yard kick return by Lee. Bortles then hit wide receiver Allen Hurns for a 22-yard gain for a first down to begin the drive. After picking up another first down with a throw to Hurns, Bortles threw a pass to Ivory, who dropped it on third and 4.
Myers then nailed a 44-yard field goal to salvage the drive. The score was 20-9 with 12:11 remaining in the third quarter.
After the successful field goal attempt by Myers, the Raiders and the Jaguars traded punts on the next four possessions.
Richard eventually returned a punt into Jaguars territory with 4:45 remaining in the third quarter. The fantastic field position led to points for the Raiders.
Oakland only needed a five-play, 12-yard drive to score again. Janikowski drilled a 44-yard field goal attempt that put the Raiders up 23-9 with 2:28 remaining in the third quarter.
The Raiders held tight on defense during the next position. The Jaguars were forced to punt and the Raiders took advantage.
Carr led the Oakland offense on another field goal drive to begin the fourth quarter. The six-play, 38-yard drive culminated with a 52-yard field goal from Janikowski. The score put the Raiders up 26-9 with 11:37 left in the game.
The Jaguars and the Raiders then traded punts again in the fourth quarter.
Jacksonville's offense finally showed some life in the game's final minutes. Bortles led the Jaguars on a 11-play, 83-yard drive that ended in a nine-yard touchdown pass to Thomas. The extra point was good and cut the Raiders lead to 10 points with 4:12 remaining in the game.
The Raiders were able to run out the clock after King - the Oakland punter - secured a first down on a fumbled punt attempt. Oakland eventually added to their lead with a nine-yard touchdown run from Murray. A successful extra point put the Raiders up 33-16 with 2:35 remaining in the game.
Bortles threw an interception to former Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson to end the game. The Raiders won 33-16.
Jaguars Player of the Game
Wide receiver Marqise Lee was the Jaguars' most valuable asset on Sunday. He caught seven catches for 107 receiving yards and averaged 23 yards per attempt on kickoff returns. When Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson were being shut out of the gain, Lee helped the Jaguars move the ball in the first half. He was also a major asset on special teams, helping the Jaguars with field position.
Jaguars Play of the Game
With 4:16 remaining in the second quarter, Bortles hit Lee on a crossing route. The third and 3 play gained 38 yards and brought the Jaguars offense into the redzone. The play led to the Jaguars' second field goal score of the game.
The Jaguars were without tight end Neal Sterling (foot) on Sunday due to injury. Nose tackle Roy Miller was injured in the third quarter. Miller hurt his right Achilles and did not return. Cornerback Aaron Colvin injured his toe in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders came into Week 7 banged up. Running back Taiwan Jones (knee), safety Brynden Trawick (shoulder) and offensive tackle Menelik Watson (calf) were out due to injury. Defensive lineman Stacy McGee injured his ankle during the game.
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