Mike Glennon kick-started the Jacksonville Jaguars offense in Week 12.
Quarterback Mike Glennon looked good in Week 12. That’s a statement not many expected to utter this season. The former third-round pick moved the ball well for the Jacksonville Jaguars and looked very capable against a solid Cleveland Browns defense.
It’s true the Browns were missing two key pieces on defense, defensive end Myles Garrett and cornerback Denzel Ward, but Glennon went 20-of-35 for 235 yards and two touchdowns for a 96.7 passer rating and had a chance to send the game into overtime.
Was it an all-time performance or one to talk about all week? Absolutely not. However, it was a consistent performance the Jaguars desperately needed following a four-interception game from rookie Jake Luton the week before.
With the help of rookie running back James Robinson‘s 159-yard all-purpose performance, Glennon was able to take advantage of the Browns defense on play-action passes throughout the game. His 46-yard touchdown dime to rookie wide receiver Collin Johnson is one example of his efficient play.
Here’s the biggest fact of the game though: The Jaguars had nine total drives and only three of them resulted in a punt. Moreover, they never once went three-and-out. Their worst drive of the game was the first one of the game. Jacksonville had five plays for 16 yards and punted. However, outside of that opening drive, they moved the ball.
How many times earlier this season did the Jaguars see this offense completely fall on its face in the first quarter and even for entire first halves at times. Against the Browns, they scored points in every quarter. It may have been just a field goal in the first quarter but they were able to drive down the field and score at the very least.
And then they were able to keep it up offensively throughout the game. That consistency has been vacant for basically the entire season. Robinson’s big day was a massive factor in that, but Glennon did his job and kept them in a position to win the game. As a backup quarterback coming in cold, that’s a job well done.
Who knows if Glennon will keep the starting job going forward or if Gardner Minshew II, now healthy, will take back over. But Glennon proved versus the Browns he holds high value as the team’s backup quarterback for the time being.