Jacksonville Jaguars offense cools down, drop 2nd game of the year

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (16) Denver Broncos OLB Von Miller (58) and LB A.J. Johnson (45) Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (16) Denver Broncos OLB Von Miller (58) and LB A.J. Johnson (45) Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

For a slight moment, it looked like the Jacksonville Jaguars would score a lot of points and beat the Denver Broncos in Week 2. Instead, they lost 23-13.

The Jaguars were off to a good start, putting together a 73-yard, 11 play touchdown drive on their first possession. However, their offense quickly cool down and failed to score again despite the fact that they had several chances. The case could be made that the weather played a factor in the first half, as it started to rain. But that doesn’t take into account that the Broncos went on to score 23 points.

Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. dropped two passes and at one point of the game, he had -8 yards. He finished the game with two receptions for -2 yards. That’s… not good. Then again, the game plan didn’t help him. A good chunk of the passes Viska was thrown were near the line of scrimmage and the Broncos’ defense was already waiting for him by the time he caught the ball.

Urban Meyer showed he’s not afraid to take chances and went for it on fourth down late in the second half. In the end, the Jaguars didn’t score points but it was refreshing to see the Jaguars head coach trying to be aggressive.

The Jacksonville Jaguars got mixed results from their special teams.

Josh Lambo missed two field-goal attempts. The kicker isn’t the sole reason why the Jags lost but he certainly didn’t help his team. Is he on the hot seat? It’s hard to tell but don’t be surprised if the team’s brass brings a couple of kickers for a tryout in the next few days.

The Jaguars signed Jamal Agnew in free agency to give their special teams a boost. Their investment has already paid off, as the former Detroit Lion took back a 102-yard kickoff to the house. Jacksonville then tried a two-point attempt but wasn’t successful.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense didn’t get much help.

The Jaguars’ defense posted three sacks. They still allowed 23 points but they didn’t get much help from an offense that disappeared after scoring in the first drive of the game. Despite the fact that the defense stopped Denver’s offense and got the ball back several times, the offense didn’t seize the opportunities.

After a promising debut in the season opener, quarterback Trevor Lawrence regressed in Week 1, throwing two interceptions. Days like this are bound to happen but the former Clemson Tiger certainly played a role in the team’s second loss of the season. The rookie passer went 14-of-33 for 118 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Meanwhile, Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 26 of 34 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns.

On the bright side, running back James Robinson got a bigger workload in Week 2, toting the rock 11 times for 47 yards. He also hauled in three receptions for 17 yards. Per the Jaguars’ PR official Twitter account, he’s one of ten players in league history to log at least 50 scrimmage yards in each of their first 16 career games.

After their most recent loss, the Jaguars are sitting on a 17-game losing streak dating back to last year and are close to making history for the wrong reasons. In both of the Jags games this year, they have shown flashes but didn’t do enough to win.

Next. Jaguars' way-too-early, free-agent targets in 2022. dark