TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The U.S.The Jaguars are within striking distance of their first playoff victory since 2007.
After three weeks in 2021, if that’s how you’ve been feeling, there’s a reason why: Due to the fact that this is how the Jaguars have been navigating during the Trevor Lawrence/Urban Meyer era’s early stages of navigation
On Thursday night, a prime-time matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cincinnati Bengals will feature the previous two No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft – Lawrence and Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.After a 31-19 defeat against the Arizona Cardinals, they’ll return to action four days later.
What did you think of their most impressive performance to date?
This happened after the Jaguars improved on a bad Week 1 performance with a good first half in a Week 2 defeat to Denver, outplaying the Cardinals for various portions of that game and leading by nine points in the third quarter before the Cardinals recovered. The Jaguars had a good ground game versus the Wildcats. The defense held up for the first two-thirds of the game. There were improvements in Lawrence’s decision-making compared to the previous two weeks.
The Jaguars made significant strides from Week 1 through Week 2 and Week 3 relative to their previous performance. Jaguars defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen and other players, following the team’s defeat to the Cardinals on Sunday, stressed that winning in the NFL requires more than just incremental improvements in technique and play. It’ll be close, at least.
The purpose is to win, and that is the team’s goal as they prepare to go to Cincinnati – to end their franchise-record 18-game losing streak and win for the first time since Week 1 of the 2020 campaign.
Is it possible for the Jaguars to pull it off? In the previous two weeks, they’ve demonstrated that they can.
The following are the ten things they must do:
1.Go for a run. When this team runs well, as it has in its first three contests, it is the most competitive. The Jaguars outplayed the Cardinals on Sunday, amassing 159 yards on 29 carries for a season-high performance. That equates to 5.5 yards per carry. Although the Bengals’ defense has improved this year, the Jaguars’ goal remains the same.
Get the ball to Robinson – and Hyde, if necessary. The Jaguars were unable to run enough in Weeks 1 and 2 due to game circumstances. Because of their perseverance and the fact that the game was closer in Week 3, they were able to run 29 times as opposed to 16 in the first two games. Running back James Robinson must be fed continuously by the Jaguars throughout the game. Carlos Hyde, on the other hand, is someone they can’t – and won’t – dismiss.A lethal one-two punch has formed between the two of them.
3. Give the ball back to the other team. Andrew Wingard’s interception gave the Jaguars their first defensive stop of the season against the Cardinals. They require additional resources. Much more than that. This club can’t win without taking advantage of big offensive plays.
Burrow Under Pressure. This season, the Jaguars have put some pressure on the quarterbacks of their opponents at various points. However, they have only sacked four quarterbacks this season — and they failed to sack Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray on Sunday. Even though the Bengals’ offensive line has received some flak, the group held the Pittsburgh Steelers without a sack on quarterback Joe Burrow during their most recent game.
5. Put an end to Joe Mixon’s reign of terror. The Jaguars’ run defense has improved substantially this season, as evidenced by Arizona’s meager three yards per carry against them. Joe Mixon, the Bengals’ star running back, is one of the game’s most underappreciated players. The Bengals will most likely be competitive if he continues to run well.
6. Reduce the number of turnovers. In three games, Lawrence has thrown seven interceptions. Against Arizona, he had two fumbles that he lost. Nine mistakes in three games is a lot. All of this isn’t his fault in the least. And it’s not like this is going to be a long-term relationship. However, with three turnovers every game, this team is certain to lose. Period.
7. Make a few fist pumps. Josh Lambo, the kicker, has missed three of his first four field goal attempts. Against Arizona, he missed two extra-point attempts. Jaguars kicker Matthew Wright, who was promoted to the practice squad on Monday, will take part in Thursday’s game against the Chiefs in Philadelphia. We can’t keep knocking each other around like this. There is no way the Jaguars should surrender any points.
8. Give the ball to Agnew. This is a challenge, because returning employees aren’t generally given favorable treatment. Nevertheless, in his last two games, Jaguars receiver/returner Jamal Agnew scored a 100-yard-plus touchdown reception. The dynamic nature of his attack necessitates that he be given attention.
9.It’s now nine. Maybe even two. Last Sunday’s touchdown pass to wide receiver DJ Chark Jr., for a gain of 12 yards, was the ideal play for Lawrence, who has had at least one over-the-top moment per game. This season they have only managed to score 21, 7 and 13 points for the Jaguars’ offense. They require more, and in the modern NFL, scoring large is difficult without the use of huge plays in the passing game.
10. I was able to come to terms with the situation. NFL road teams have a difficult time with Thursday night games. It’s tough to compete after only three days of recuperation, and traveling on Wednesday before the Thursday game only makes it worse. The Jaguars have never won on a Thursday night away from home, falling to Atlanta in 2011 and Tennessee the following year.