Third quarter woes prevent Jaguars first victory

Jacksonville Jaguars were on the brink of their first victory of the 2021 season until everything fell apart. The first half showed all Jaguars fans that the team was beginning to turn things around. Jamal Agnew returned a missed 68-yard field goal attempt 109 yards for the Jaguars go-ahead touchdown. Then something mysterious unspeakable on the extra point attempt by Josh Lambo.

He missed the extra point but Jacksonville was ahead of the Arizona Cardinals 13-7 at halftime. This has not been a good showing for Lambo after recovering from an injury that shortened his 2020 season. Lambo does not look like the same kicker.

TIAA Bank Field was buzzing with excitement. Would the Jaguars losing streak end with a victory over the Cardinals? The losing streak messes with everyone involved because when things go bad, they go bad.

Safety Andrew Wingard intercepted a Kyler Murray pass ending a Cardinal drive as the third quarter opened. Arizona kicked a field goal to cut the lead to three points, 13-10. James Robinson made a play.

Robinson has played a limited role in the Jacksonville offensive scheme through the first two games. Today, Robinson was a big contributor. He ran the ball 15 times for 88 yards with a touchdown. His touchdown extended the Jacksonville lead 19-10.

Once again, Lambo missed the extra point. His miss opened the door for a Cardinals come from behind victory. They clinched the game very quickly in the third quarter.

First, James Conner scored to cut into the deficit 19-17. The missed extra points loomed large for the Jacksonville faithful. Arizona could kick a field goal to win if needed.

Next, disaster struck as quickly as lightning. For some reason, Jacksonville decided they needed to run a trick play. They dialed up the old flea-flicker play to strike deep downfield.

Somebody forgot to block J.J. Watt. He rushed Trevor Lawrence into throwing a less than accurate pass. The Cardinals seized the pass and ran it back for a touchdown to lead 24-19. Remember how losing affects your mindset?

Arizona cruised to another Conner touchdown to win, 31-19. The Jaguars offense was done both physically and emotionally after that pick-six. The losing streak is at 18 straight regular-season games now. Thursday is game day in Cincinnati.

Let’s see how Jacksonville regroups this week. Be sure to catch the current JJC podcast where Andre Moultry accurately discusses the Jaguars situation in each podcast episode.

Photo: Bob Self Florida Times Union

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