Despite putting together one of their more complete games this season, the Jaguars found themselves unable to hang with a Justin Herbert-led Chargers team that compiled over 480 yards of offense. They fell in Los Angeles, 39-29.
While this game exhibited some promise, it also was a continuation of a 6-game slide that leaves head coach Doug Marrone staring at a potential dismissal. There is a lot of speculation that the team will move on from him with their bye week coming up. That would be no surprise considering how the team has played so far this season.
The defense has the honor of being the absolute worst part of this year’s team. The secondary continues to leak like a cracked hull. Justin Herbert was able to connect with 8 different receivers, tossing the ball for 349 yards and 3 touchdowns on 27/43 passing. His superhuman performance was matched on the ground, where he was the leading LA rusher with 66 yards and another touchdown. In total, the Chargers ran the ball for 135 yards, when they weren’t torching the secondary. Keenan Allen led all receivers with 125 yards on 10 catches.
This team is only the third team in history to surrender 30+ points in 6 straight games during a single season. Previously this distinction was only held by the 1968 Broncos and the 1984 Vikings. Today’s effort stings even that much more because the offense actually had the Jags in this game. At multiple points, the Jags even had the lead!
The Jacksonville offense was buoyed by a fairly competent performance from QB Gardner Minshew, who posted 14 completions on 27 attempts for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. But the real star of the Jacksonville offense is still undrafted rookie running back, James Robinson. He carried the ball 22 times for 119 yards and 1 touchdown. He also caught the ball 4 times for 18 yards and an additional score. Laviska Shenault Jr. led the Jaguar receiving group with 3 catches for 44 yards. Chris Conley caught Minshew’s only other passing touchdown on the night.
Special teams was another bright spot of this game, as they blocked a punt and returned it for a score early in the 3rd quarter. Kicker Josh Lambo returned from IR and brought some stability to a position group that had cycled through multiple replacements in his short absence.
The Jaguars have next week off as they looked to reorganize during the bye week. They resume play in Week 9 against a reeling Texans team whose only win on the season came against the Jags in Week 5. If the Jaguars have any hope of salvaging this season, it’s important that they win against the Texans, as the remaining opponents on their schedule leave little room for optimism. It may be time to start looking forward to a high first round draft pick.