The Jacksonville Jaguars did it again. They lead early in the third quarter for the second straight game but ended up losing. In Week 3, it was against the Arizona Cardinals. On Thursday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals handed the Jags their fourth loss of the 2021 regular season.
Even though the Jaguars didn’t do much in their first possession of the game, they made up for it by scoring two rushing touchdowns before halftime. Moreover, they didn’t allow a single point. However, things took a 180-degree turn early in the third quarter.
Despite the fact that they scored once again, Cincy didn’t flinch and steadily crawled their way back to the game. After throwing for just 95 passing yards and no touchdowns in the first half of the game, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns in the last two quarters.
The Jaguars’ defense couldn’t stop the Bengals’ offense in the second half. Also, they had a chance to score late in the fourth quarterback when the game was tied 21-21 but ended up punting the ball. Cincinnati capitalize on the situation and Burrow led a 10-play, 73-yard drive that ended in a 35-yard field goal by kicker Evan McPherson. The Bengals won their third game of the 2021 season while the Jags lost their fourth straight.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to earn their first win of the season.
This was surely a frustrating loss. Not only because the Jaguars were so close. Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. had his best game of the season, logging in six receptions for 99 yards and one carry for 11 yards rushing yards. James Robinson toted the rock 18 times for 78 yards and season-high two touchdowns. Also, quarterback Trevor Lawrence for the first time in the season did not throw an interception and chipped in with a rushing touchdown.
On the other hand, the defense didn’t do enough. The Jaguars couldn’t stop the Bengals trio of rookie sensation Ja’Marr Chase, wide receiver Tyler Boyd, and tight end C.J. Uzomah. The three had a combined 290 yards. In particular, Jacksonville had no answer for Uzomah, who recorded two trips to the end zone.
Every loss is frustrating but this one stings because the Jaguars were less than a quarter away from winning. On the bright side, they will have plenty of days to reflect on the game, and prepare for their Week 5 opponents, the Tennesse Titans. Also, they will have one more chance to avoid making NFL history for the wrong reasons and lose 20 consecutive games. The streak currently sits at 19 after their 24-21 loss on Thursday Night Football.