The Jacksonville Jaguars fell to 0-4 on the season Thursday night after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals 24-21, as Evan Mcpherson kicked the game winning field goal to give the home team the victory.
This loss extended their losing streak to 19 games. They put together a really strong first half of football but couldn’t maintain that level of play into the second half.
This was the most cohesive performance yet for this Jaguars offense. Urban Meyer seemed to have a good handle on the play calling duties and Trevor Lawrence arguably played his best game of this young season. He finished with 204 yards on 17 of 24 passing with no touchdowns or interceptions. He displayed a cunning ability to run the ball, adding 36 yards on eight carries. He kept the ball on quite a few read options, converting a handful of first downs over the night.
The Jaguars also have shown a willingness to get the running game going, giving the ball to James Robinson 18 times for 78 yards and two scores. Abandoning the run in the second half of the game was one of their downfalls in this contest, however. Laviska Shenault Jr. was the leading receiver for Jacksonville, posting 99 yards on six catches. DJ Chark left the game on the first drive with a fractured ankle and will miss an indefinite amount of time.
The Jaguars were completely dominant in the first half of this game, outcompeting the Bengals on both sides of the ball. The most pivotal moment in the game was a 4th-down stop by the Bengals right at the end of the first half, keeping the Jaguars out of the endzone. This stop kept the Jaguars lead at 14-0 and gave the Bengals some momentum entering halftime.
The defense had Joe Burrow’s number early, but the second-year quarterback found his juice eventually. He finished the game 25 of 32 passing for 348 yards and two touchdowns. Joe Mixon led the Cincinnati rushing attack with 67 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. Three Bengals posted over 70 yards worth of receiving. Tyler Boyd led the team with 118 yards on nine catches, C.J. Uzomah posted 95 yards on five catches, and the rookie Ja’Marr Chase added 77 yards on six catches.
The Jaguars get a long week of rest before their week 5 game against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have a weak secondary which Trevor Lawrence and crew should be able to pick apart. This group will win a game eventually, it’s just a matter of when.