Jaguars Beaten Badly by Patriots

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Jaguars Beaten Badly by Patriots

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Jaguars Beaten Badly by Patriots

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The Jacksonville Jaguars traveled north to New England to take on a Patriots team that was knocking on the door of the playoffs. They struggled mightily in what ended up being a 50-10 loss that dropped them to 2-14 on the season. This was a matchup nobody expected to be close but will go down as one of the worst losses of the year for the Jags.

If one were to use this game to compare two rookie quarterbacks, which I’m not sure is warranted given the different situations, it would be noticeable that Trevor Lawrence threw three interceptions on the day while Mac Jones threw three touchdowns. It is painfully evident that the Jags are missing almost all weaponry on offense, and the list of players missing games continues to swell.

All season the Jags have bled playmakers, and all of the comforting positions being depleted have left Lawrence with limited talent to deliver the ball to. Last week the Jags lost star running back James Robinson for the year, and this week they lost another tight end to injury, James O’Shaughnessy. Tight end has been a position that Lawrence felt comfortable throwing the ball to, but the Jags are down to their third-string option after losing Dan Arnold earlier in the year. Arnold is slated to return from injured reserve but with no timetable in place.

Laquon Treadwell was the only Jaguars receiver to have a somewhat impressive day, posting 87 yards on six catches. Dare Ogunbowale filled in for Robinson and caught the only touchdown from Lawrence, catching the ball twice for 32 yards and carrying the ball nine times for 36 yards. Lawrence himself went 17/27 for 193 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

For New England, Mac Jones went 22/30 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Brian Hoyer even played some snaps in garbage time, going 3/4 for 63 yards. Rhamondre Stevenson was the leading rusher with 19 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Damien Harries carried the ball nine times for 35 yards and two scores.

Kendrick Bourne had five catches for 76 yards, Jakobi Meyers had eight catches for 73 yards and one touchdown, and Kristian Wilkerson had four catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots had six players post receiving yardage north of 20, compared to only three for the Jaguars. The Jaguars’ only touchdown came in garbage time, as they spent most of the game with only three points to their name off of a 29-yard field goal by Matthew Wright in the first quarter.

There is only one week remaining on the schedule for Jacksonville, a divisional matchup against a talented Colts team that is coming off a tough loss to the Raiders. I fully expect the Jags to get smoked even though this will be played in Jacksonville. Once the season ends, then the drama will start to take form. This franchise will be searching for a new head coach and potentially a new general manager as well.

 

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