Jaguars studs and duds from heartbreaking loss to Cardinals

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Damien Wilson (54) [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Damien Wilson (54) [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Trevor Lawrence [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /

Nobody will blame you if you felt either disappointed or angry after watching the Jacksonville Jaguars

lose to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3

of the regular season. After all, they scored two touchdowns before the end of the first half and added another one early in the third quarter. For a moment, it looked like they had gotten it together and would win their first game of the year.

However, the Cards weren’t fazed and fought back, scoring 21 unanswered points. The case could be made that Arizona is a playoff team but there’s simply no excuse. The Jags had a solid lead and realistic shot to earn their first victory only to squander both. It could be argued that this is a young team and they’re trying to figure things out but it’s simply inexcusable.

The Jags finally got running back James Robinson involved, the special teams once again made a big impact, the defense stopped Arizona’s offense cold several times and even safety Andrew Wingard snagged an interception. It didn’t matter in the end though. Jacksonville was like a deer in front of headlights and had no response for a resilient Cardinals team in the fourth quarter.

On one hand, it’s a good thing that the Jaguars haven’t given up yet, playing hard and looking for ways to improve. However, it’s puzzling that they are still trying to figure things out at this point of the regular season. Maybe they get it together on Thursday Night Football, when they will take on the Cincinnati Bengals. For the time being, here are the studs and duds from their Week 3 matchup against the Cardinals.