Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 stats that define infuriating loss to Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16). (Imagn Images photo pool)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16). (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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Cincinnati Bengals WR Auden Tate (19) and Jacksonville Jaguars CBTyson Campbell (32) (Imagn Images photo pool) /

 2. The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t get big plays from their defense.

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence didn’t throw a touchdown but he ran for one. He also showcased his ability to move around the pocket and pick up yards and first downs when needed. Also, he made several throws worth a highlight reel.

The Clemson product wasn’t the only offensive player to show out against Bengals though. Running back James Robinson also found the end zone twice and had a season-high 18 carries. Second-year wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. also hauled in several key conversions, including a 52-yard catch. However, the Jaguars’ offense didn’t get much help from the special teams and the defense.

While Jacksonville’s defense didn’t allow a single point in the first two quarters they had no answer for Joe Burrow and the Bengals in the second half, giving up a total of 24 points. Had they forced at least one turnover or made a key stop in the fourth quarterback, the outcome of the game might have been very different but they didn’t, and the Jaguars lost… again.

The special teams didn’t stand out. It was unrealistic to expect return specialist Jamal Agnew to score another touchdown after having two the previous two weeks.

The offense could have certainly scored in the fourth quarterback and close the deal. Nevertheless, it feel like they had to carry the team in Week 4, and they couldn’t do it.