Jaguars Lose Robinson to Injury, Lose to Jets 26-21

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Jaguars Lose Robinson to Injury, Lose to Jets 26-21

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Jaguars Lose Robinson to Injury, Lose to Jets 26-21

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The Jaguars traveled to New Jersey for a Week 16 matchup with the lowly New York Jets. This would end up being the second consecutive week that they have lost against a team they probably could have beat. They lost 26-21 and saw their star running back, James Robinson, exit the game early with an Achilles injury.

This game will go down in history as more significant for the upcoming NFL Draft order than anything else. Neither of these teams has playoff hopes, and both are playing for pride at this point. Losing Robinson to an injury like this is heartbreaking, especially this late in an already-lost season.

The Jaguars held leads twice in this game. They struck first on a 21-yard field goal by Matthew Wright, capitalizing on a 12-play, 73-yard drive. They lost the lead when Zach Wilson scrambled for a 52-yard score four minutes later.

The Jaguars showed an inability to tackle the quarterback as he wove his way up the field. That being said, his pretending to run out of bands before turning up the field is actually in the same vein as the fake slide to me. It should have ended the play right there and any such tactic is dangerous in the modern game.

Jacksonville answered with a touchdown of their own, driving 75 yards on another 12-play drive. Trevor Lawrence fumbled at the goal line but it was scooped up by Will Richardson Jr. for a big-man touchdown, putting the Jags up 9-6.

That lead would be short-lived. Braxton Berrios returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for the score. At this point, the Jets were up 13-9 and wouldn’t trail for the remainder of the game. The teams would trade a few field goals across the second and third quarters and entering the fourth quarter it would be 16-15 in favor of the Jets.

After another Zach Wilson touchdown pushed the lead to 23-15, the Jags got their second touchdown of the day. Dare Ogunbowale scored a rushing touchdown late to tighten things up to 23-21, but the Jags failed to convert the 2-point conversion for the second time of the day.

The Jets got one more field goal from Eddy Pineiro to fully ice the game at 26-21.

Trevor Lawrence finished the day with 280 yards on 26/39 passing. He added 37 yards on the ground on six carries. James Robinson had only 10 yards on three carries before his exit. Ogunbowale filled in nicely, posting 57 yards on 17 carries with one touchdown. He had two catches for 15 yards.

The Jaguars had a fairly balanced receiving unit this game as four players had 49 or more yards on the day. Marvin Jones Jr. led the team with eight catches for 74 yards. Tavon Austin and six for 68 and Laquon Treadwell had four for 54. James O’Shaughnessy also caught the ball four times, posting 49 yards on the day.

Matthew Wright finished the game 3/3 on field goals with a long of 45. He didn’t attempt any extra points.

Next week the Jaguars will travel to a game against New England in Foxborough. I don’t believe they have much hope of winning but we have seen stranger things happen. This team needs to continue producing long drives but has to do better about converting in the red zone and converting on two-point attempts if they have any hope of winning any games the rest of the season.

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