Change of plans, Trevor! Instead of heading to New Jersey to start his career, its confirmed that the Clemson quarterback will have his fate decided by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags clinched the number one overall pick with their 41-17 loss to the Chicago Bears and the Jets’ 23-16 victory over Cleveland. The outcome of week 17 will not be a deciding factor, as the strength of schedule decides the pick should the teams tie with two victories. Having the weaker schedule puts the Jaguars in position to pick first.
This puts a pleasant spin on an otherwise dreadful day. Jacksonville kept this game close until halftime, but could not withstand the second half scoring onslaught that ensued. Chicago scored three touchdowns in just the third quarter alone, distancing themselves from a Jacksonville offense that couldn’t find their way to the endzone consistently. The Jags were outgained, 391-279, they converted less first downs, 28-14, and they turned the ball over twice compared to Chicago’s one.
Mike Glennon started at quarterback today, standing in for a benched Gardner Minshew. He went 24/37 for 211 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The leading receiver for the Jaguars was DJ Chark Jr. who posted 62 yards and a score on 4 catches. Laviska Shenault was on the receiving end of Glennon’s second touchdown, taking advantage of garbage time. Dare Ogunbowale stood in at runningback for an injured James Robinson, rushing 14 times for 71 yards.
Chicago, on the other hand, got rushing touchdowns from three different players. Jimmy Graham caught two scores himself. David Montgomery led all rushers with 95 yard while Allen Robinson led all receivers with 103 yards, taking advantage of a Jacksonville defense that has been rough all season.
The Jaguars get a chance to sweep the Colts on the year if they can put together some magic in their week 17 matchup. The Colts’ loss in week one has been the only victory so far this year for Jacksonville. While the losses have been painful, knowing that a generational quarterback could be on his way to the Jags seems to have the fans excited. Some fans in attendance were even cheering for Chicago scores. Cheer on, Jacksonville, Trevor will be here soon.