JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Sunday, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was good early, not very good for much of the day, and then very good when it mattered most.
Bortles rallied the Jaguars from a 31-27 deficit -- after they blew a 27-3 lead -- and threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Allen Hurns with little more than two minutes to play against the Buffalo Bills. It was his 15th touchdown pass of the season, which is four more than he threw as a rookie in 2014. It also was a play that illustrated Bortles' growth as a quarterback.
Instead of running for the first down, Bortles kept his eyes downfield as he scrambled and threw a pass that only Hurns could reach. The fact that it came on the drive immediately after he threw a pick six shows his resiliency and it certainly garnered even more support among his teammates.
We're tracking Bortles' progress each week to see if and/or when he’ll break the franchise's single-season record for touchdown passes held by David Garrard (23 TD passes in 2010). Here’s how he stands right now.
Last week: Bortles completed less than 50 percent of his passes (13-for-29) for 182 yards and two touchdowns with one interception against Buffalo. That was his lowest single-game yardage total since the threw for 117 yards against Houston in the 2014 season finale. Bortles threw for 183 in the 2015 season opener.
TD passes through Week 7: 15.
On pace for: 34.
Garrard through Week 7 in 2010: Nine.
This week: The Jaguars are off this week and will face the New York Jets on Nov. 8. The Jets' defense ranks second overall, first against the rush, and fourth against the pass. Two more words that will have a major impact on this game: Darrelle Revis.