The Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense hadn’t forced a turnover since Week 4 but they bucked the trend early in Week 8 when cornerback Tyson Campbell picked Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson. Even better, the interception led to the Jags’ first touchdown of the season.
The Jaguars’ defense has been making plays today. In the Broncos’ first possesion defensive end Arden Key sacked Wilson and in their second one, Campbell made the interception. This gave the offense favorable field possision which they used to put together a five-yard, 37-yard drive that ended on a 22-yard touchdown reception by tight end Evan Engram.
Although Jacskonville’s offense went 3-and-out in thier first drive, they had no trouble moving the ball in the second one. Travis Etienne had a 15-yard run and had another one for two yards that was negated by a penalty by left tackle Cam Robinson. Following the Jags’ second posession, Trevor Lawrence was 4-of-5 for 37 yards with one touchdown.
What make Engram’s touchdown even more impressive is that the Broncos defense ranked first in receiving touchdowns surrendered entering the game but Trevor Lawrence had no trouble torching their secondary. Here’s Engram’s reception.
The Jaguars must create an early lead vs. the Broncos and don’t look back
Wether it’s Lawrence turning the ball over or the defense allowing opposing offense to move the football, Jacksonville has found a way to lose in the last four weeks. On the bright side, the offense and the defense have done their job so far. Also, the Robinson penalty ended up not hurting the Jags’ scoring drive.
Before the start of the season, this seemed like a tough matchup for the Jaguars due to the arrival of Russell Wilson but he’s not lived up to expectations and has arguably held the team back. Jacksonville now has to take advantage of the favorable matchup and force him to make mistakes.