The Jaguars were a 13-point underdog heading into their Week 13 game against the Los Angeles and winning looks like a daunting task, especially when you take into account they’re coming off three straight losses. However, they’re not giving up without a fight even though and running back Carlos Hyde has scored their first touchdown of the game. They’re trailing 13-7.
Nobody would have blamed you if you feel enthusiastic after watching the Jaguars’ defense take the field in the first drive. The Jaguars’ defense started the game on a high note, holding the Rams to a field goal after allowing a 65-yard kickoff return. However, running back James Robinson went on to lose turn the ball over in their first offensive possession.
Don’t blame Robinson though, defensive tackle Aaron Donald punched the ball out of his arm and most running back would have fared the same way if they had been in the same situation. Los Angeles defense took advantage of the opportunity and scored a touchdown, moving ahead 10-3.
For a moment, it looked like the Jaguars were going to start falling behind but their offense caught fire. In their third possession of the game, Trevor Lawrence connected with Laquon Treadwell for a 28-yard pass. Later, the Jaguars had to go for it on fourth down, and once again, the rookie passer was on the money, this time though, it was a 6-yard reception to wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr.
Lawrence also used his legs several times and had a key 9-yard scramble that helped the Jag move the chains. An unsportsmanlike penalty by cornerback Jalen Ramsey also helped the Jags extend the drive, which running back Carlos Hyde capped with a one-yard touchdown.
The Jaguars have managed to keep up with the Rams so far.
Robinson stayed on the sidelines after he fumbled the ball. Hyde has made the most of playing time and has toted the rock six times for 18 yards and the touchdown. On the other hand, the coaching staff can’t keep Robinson on the sidelines and need to get him back in the game at some point.
The Rams went on to kick a field goal after Hyde’s score but the Jaguars defense has done a good job of keeping them in check. So far, they have pressured quarterback Matthew Stafford for most of the game, and he’s had trouble connecting with his wide receivers. Outside linebacker Josh Allen and cia. must keep disrupting the pocket.
The Jaguars are trailing by a manageable six points, is up to them to take advantage of their opportunities.