Cordarelle Patterson returned from injury to score twice in Jacksonville as the Atlanta Falcons cruised to a 21-14 victory over the depleted Jaguars. The Jaguars didn’t get close until late in the game and failed to be threatening in the redzone in one of their most promising matchups. This loss drops them to 2-9 on the season.
The loss of Jamal Agnew to season-ending IR certainly impacted this lineup and at times it wasn’t obvious who would be able to deliver game-breaking plays. The team struggled without him and the offense was mostly generated off the legs of James Robinson and to some degree the arm of Trevor Lawrence.
Patterson scored two rushing touchdowns in the first half and the score at halftime was 14-3 thanks to a Matthew Wright’s field goal in the final minute of the second quarter. The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter.
Russell Gage struck first on a 12-yard catch and seven minutes later Lawrence connected with Tavon Austin for the only Jaguar touchdown of the day. It was Austin’s first score since joining Jacksonville. Lawrence successfully completed the two-point conversion to James O’Shaughnessy to cut the lead to 21-11. The Jags got the only points of the fourth quarter on a 34-yard field goal by Wright but failed to get any closer than the seven-point deficit.
Lawrence threw the ball 42 times, completing 23 passes for 228 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He added 39 yards on the ground on five carries. James Robinson registered 17 carries for 86 yards and three catches for 29 yards.
Eight different Jaguars registered catches. The final yards leader of the receivers was Laquon Treadwell with four catches for 53 yards. Marvin Jones Jr. had four catches for 43 yards while Laviska Shenault Jr. had five for 33.
Patterson led the charge for Atlanta, posting 135 yards from scrimmage on 16 carries and two receptions. Gage led the receivers with six catches for 62 yards and one touchdown and Matt Ryan was 19/29 passing for 190 yards. He also had one interception to go with his one touchdown.
Next week the Jags play the Rams in Los Angeles. This is a matchup Jacksonville won’t be looking forward to. The Rams have looked more beatable the last few weeks but would still project to beat the Jags given the lack of weapons on offense for Jacksonville. The only way I see the Jags coming out on top is the defense clamping Cooper Kupp and making Stafford beat them with his arm elsewhere.
If the Jags can’t score themselves then this would be meaningless. The only reason the Rams look vulnerable is because if they go down early, they abandon the run. The Jaguars have not been known to score early in any of their matchups, as they seem to generate their most points in garbage time or late in the fourth quarter.