The Jacksonville Jaguars were looking to win the 2021 home opener against the Denver Broncos. Trevor Lawrence led the Jaguars offense down the field to take the lead 7-0. Their opening drive numbers looked very efficient – 11 plays 83 yards.
Then reality set in at TIAA Stadium. Jacksonville finished the game with 106 total yards on ten drives. Lawrence had another tough day in front of the home team fans.
He finished the day completing 14 passes for 118 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He ran the ball twice for 21 yards in which he moved the chains. It was good to see him tuck the ball and run downfield for first downs.
Jacksonville was unsuccessful in trying to get the running game established. The Jaguars ran the ball 16 times for 75 yards. Remember, Lawrence had 21 yards on scrambles. James Robinson had 11 carries for 47 yards. Once again, the offensive line was unable to get a push off the line of scrimmage.
Jamal Agnew provided excitement with a 102-yard kickoff return. This provided a glimmer of hope that the game was not over. A failed two-point conversion sealed the game for a Denver victory.
The good news is, the Jaguars had fewer penalties than in week 1. Jacksonville looked very crisp on the first drive. It looked like they were in sync running and throwing the ball.
The bad news is, Josh Lambo can not make a long field goal. He does not look the same kicker from seasons past. He missed badly on each attempt. Most of all, his onside kick was short and right to the Broncos.
Jacksonville lost their 17th consecutive regular-season game. A look ahead at the upcoming opponents does not bode well for a Jaguars victory. Everyone expected this to be a long season with a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback.
Expect this to be a methodical turnaround for the Jaguars. Building a winning culture will be a slow process after so many losing seasons. Think about this fact, Jimmy Johnson and Troy Aikman had a season record of 1-15, both were rookies as head coach and quarterback.
Arizona comes to Jacksonville in week 3. Let’s see how things progress this week. Be sure to catch the current JJC podcast where Andre Moultry accurately discusses the Jaguars situation in each podcast episode.
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