I am hoping that most Jacksonville fans avoided watching this catastrophe of a game. Outscored 40-14 and outgained 409-267, there was never a moment in this game where the Jaguars were in it. After staking themselves to a 26-0 halftime lead, the Ravens cruised the rest of the way, never feeling any real pressure despite a couple garbage time touchdowns. The silver lining of today is the New York Jets winning in LA, giving the Jaguars a legitimate shot at the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Gardner Minshew finished the day with 226 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, converting 22 of his 29 throws. He was sacked five times. Rookie phenom James Robinson was held to 35 yards on the ground and 18 through the air, he added a touchdown reception in the third quarter. He has been the brightest spot of the 2020 Jaguar season, becoming the record holder for most yards from scrimmage by an undrafted rookie in NFL history. He also has a very good chance at breaking the record for rushing yards by an undrafted rookie, while also threatening multiple Jaguars rookie records currently held by Frank Gore. DJ Chark Jr. led the Jags receivers with four catches for fifty-three yards.
Any story written about this game has to be written about the Ravens. They played a fantastic game from start to finish, illustrating why they are such a competitive playoff-bubble team. Lamar Jackson threw for 243 yards and 3 touchdowns, adding another one on the ground. Baltimore also got points from a JK Dobbins rushing score, a Justin Tucker field goal, and a safety early in the first quarter. All of this excitement should be tempered just a smidge, as these stats were compiled against a Jaguars defense that has been porous all year. Lamar Jackson had so much room on his rushing score that he could have crawled the ball into the end zone.
After this loss, like said previously, the Jaguars now find themselves at the front of the race for Trevor Lawrence. Jags fans should be drooling at the possibility of landing such a promising quarterback prospect. Lawrence proved again on Saturday why he’s so highly regarded, leading the Clemson Tigers to an eviscerating 34-10 victory over Notre Dame in the ACC Championship. He would be a good fit with the weapons already in Jacksonville, leaving the most glaring needs on the defensive side of things.
Jacksonville has two more games remaining on the schedule that separate them from Trevor. While some fans may be praying for the team to stop the slide, both the Bears and the Colts look like teams that should handle the Jaguars without a blink. The Jaguars get the Bears at home in Jacksonville next week. Chins up Jags fans, only two more weeks of pain.