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Jaguars Lose Back-and-Forth Game in Minnesota, 11th Straight Defeat

In a game in which the offense and defense couldn’t both get hot at the same time, the Jags clawed their way to an overtime appearance. With 3:50 left in the game, QB Mike Glennon led a 10-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown rush by James Robinson with 1:08 remaining on the clock. One two-point conversion later, and missed field goals by each team, sent this up-and-down contest to overtime. Ultimately, however, the Jaguar’s inconsistency on offense doomed them, as a Mike Glennon interception spoiled their only possession in overtime, handing the ball back to the Vikings and allowing Dan Bailey to redeem himself with a game-winning 23-yard field goal.

For a little bit of time today, the NFL world seemed upside down. The New York Jets came within a blown coverage of winning their first game this year, and for a couple minutes Jacksonville seemed prime to steal their second of the season. While this loss certainly stings, it does leave the Jags in the running for Trevor Lawrence. And even though Mike Glennon has clearly been an improvement from Gardner Minshew, this team still needs a high draft pick this year to find their franchise signal caller. This offense seems to have all the other pieces in place, and when the defense can hold firm, this team looks like a complete football team.

Glennon tossed the ball 42 times, converting 28 for 280 yards. He threw one touchdown, had two interceptions, and lost a fumble. The touchdown came on a deflected pass that fell into the hands of Laviska Shenault. James Robinson led the Jacksonville rushers with 18 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown. Collin Johnson led the Jaguar receivers with 66 yards on 4 catches, three other receivers broke the 40-yard mark, and two had over 30.

The defense was stout at times, holding a lead for most of the game. Once Minnesota got hot, however, there was little that could be done to contain the Vikings offense. Kirk Cousins went 28/43 with 305 yards, 3 touchdowns, and one interception. Dalvin Cook had 120 yards rushing and 59 yards receiving while Justin Jefferson led all receivers with 121 yards on 9 catches.

The Jaguars will host the Titans in Jacksonville next week. The Titans are coming off a tough loss at the hands of Cleveland, giving Jaguars fans a slight glimmer of hope. It’s reasonable to assume the Jags can hold their own against Chicago as well, leaving them with the possibility of finishing this season with 3 wins. That being said, it would probably be for the best if they lose out and lock up a much-needed high draft pick. Hang in there Jags fans, the misery of the 2020 season will be over soon.

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