Jaguars not going anywhere after win over Bills, other takeaways

Edge Josh Allen (41), safety Rudy Ford (5) and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26). [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Edge Josh Allen (41), safety Rudy Ford (5) and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26). [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16). Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports /

Trevor Lawrence is aware the Jaguars’ offense needs to perform better.

The Jaguars’ brass probably started sweating when they saw Trevor Lawrence hurt his ankle and had to exit the game in the second quarter. Fortunately, the injury wasn’t serious and the former Clemson Tiger returned to the field not long after.

C.J. Beathard took over at quarterback when Lawrence left but went back to the bench in the third quarter. Even before he injured his ankle, the rookie passer wasn’t having a particularly good performance. going 15-of-16 for 118 yards with no touchdowns and no inteceptions. The fact that the Jags’ skilled-position players dropped a handful of passes didn’t help matters.

Nevertheless, Lawrence knows he and his teammates need to play better. He told the media they can’t expect the defense to play the way they did against the Bills and noted that the offense needs to do their part.

"I’m kind of kicking myself because I know I could have played better down the stretch and as the season goes on. Our defense isn’t going to get four turnovers or three or I don’t know if it was three or four today every game. That’s that’s a lot to ask them to do. So we got to play better."

Lawrence is right. The defense can’t bail the offense out every game. They went 2-of-13 on third-down opportunities, they need to improve in that area. On the other hand, the quarterback says it feels good to watch tape after a win.

Keep in mind that the Jags went against the top-ranked defense in the NFL. Although he missed a few throws, he also avoided making major mistakes and moved the ball in key plays. Imagine how good the Jags could be if both the offense and the defense play up to their potential.

Can Lawrence play better? Absolutely. He needs to look at all those missed opportunities and try to clean them up. Once the he and his teammates stop celebrating their second win of the year, they will get back to the drawing board and try to build on their Week 9 performance.

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