Blake Bortles Interception Turns Bettors Into Winners
Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5).
- Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' interception prop was set at 0.5 in Week 17 against the Texans.
- In what might be his final game for the Jags, Bortles came through as only he could.
Last season, quarterback Blake Bortles (technically) led the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC Championship and had them within minutes of upsetting the New England Patriots.
Instead they suffered a sobering 24-20 defeat, and this season they have struggled through an embarrassing 5-11 campaign that ended with a 20-3 Week 17 loss to the Houston Texans.
Bortles has been particularly loathsome this year. Before being benched for backup Cody Kessler in Week 12, Bortles was his typical inefficient self, averaging just 233.8 yards passing per game and throwing 10 interceptions.
Returning to the lineup in Week 16 after Kessler’s benching, Bortles closed out the game with 39 scoreless yards on 5-of-6 passing.
Bortles entered Week 17 with an NFL-high 74 interceptions over the past five seasons. In that time, he’s thrown picks in a league-high 47 games.
If there’s one thing Bortles is good at, it’s the aerial turnover.
In Week 17, Bortles played what will almost certainly be his final game with the Jaguars.
Fittingly, he finished it with an interception, giving one final victory to all the bettors who have bet the over on his interception props since 2014.