The Jacksonville Jaguars played their best game on the road in a losing effort. Cincinnati defeated the Jaguars 24-21 on a last-second field goal in a thriller. Jacksonville played better but, once again, the third quarter woes bit them.
Trevor Lawrence played brilliantly through the air and with his feet. James Robinson ran through the Cincinnati defense for 78 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. Jacksonville appeared to allow Lawrence to be himself in running the offense.
Lawrence ran the red zone as well as he did in college. He ran the ball 8 times for 36 yards with one touchdown. Even the offensive line seemed to be moving the opposing linemen off the ball.
In the passing game, LaViska Shenault had a huge game. He caught 6 passes for 99 yards and ran the ball once for 11 yards. Perhaps, the emergence of Shenault comes in good timing, considering the serious injury to D.J. Chark.
Chark was injured early in the game. His injury looked gruesome and reports suggest he will be out for some considerable time. Jacksonville might want to make a deal for a big, physical receiver before the trade deadline.
Jacksonville led 14-0 at halftime. The home crowd booed Cincinnati into the dressing room. Something changed in the third quarter. Jacksonville gave up 14 points in the third quarter.
Cincinnati found their offensive stride under quarterback Joe Burrow. The young signal-caller found C.J. Uzomah for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7. Replays seem to show a mix-up in coverage.
Joe Mixon tied the score at 14 with a one-yard plunge. Cincinnati was firing on all cylinders. Jacksonville went ahead 21-14 on a Robinson 4 yard plunge. The home team had the momentum and the tying scoring drive as Burrow hit Uzomah for a 31-yard touchdown reception.
Evan McPherson hit a 35-yard field goal to win the game for Cincinnati as the game ended. Burrow systematically led his offense down the field for the game-winner. So far, the best the Jaguars have played.
The Jaguars have time off to correct some tendencies on defense and offense. Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans come to town on October 10th. They better be ready to stop the Henry locomotive all day long.
Let’s see what happens in the coming days. Be sure to catch the current JJC podcast where Andre Moultry accurately discusses the Jaguars situation in each podcast episode.
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