Mascots in sports usually provide comedic relief in games and are often away from the spotlight. However, Jaxson De Ville, the mascot of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has caught everyone’s attention with his antics during Week 12.
Last year, De Ville got the spotlight when he got stuck while trying to bungee jump during a game, and he’s at it again once again. This time, he was caught dancing following a touchdown score by running back JaMycal Hasty.
The Jaguars played well enough in the first half to lead at halftime. Trevor Lawrence avoided making costly mistakes and went 10-of-12 for 135 yards with one touchdown. Although Travis Etienne left the game with a foot injury, Hasty has filled in his shoes nicely. He’s only tallied 21 yards on eight carries but he’s caught two passes for 52 yards and the touchdown. Meanwhile, Zay Jones is leading all Jaguars receivers with six receptions for 66 yards.
Etienne was questionable to return for the game but was caught on the sidelines. It’s uncertain if he will back but if he doesn’t, the Jaguars will need to keep relying on Hasty.
The Jaguars got off to a slow start vs. the Ravens but are now leading
Early in the game, the Jaguars’ offense struggled to move the ball. They punted in their first two possessions but they put together a four-play, 50-yard drive that ended on a 28-yard touchdown reception to Hasty.
On the other hand, the Jags’ defense has done a good job of keeping the Ravens in check. Although Baltimore has had no trouble moving the football, their offense has stalled once they get close to Jacksonville’s end zone.
One thing that has stood out and has probably helped the Jags slow the Ravens’ offense down is that defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell has employed three safeties throughout most of the game.
The Jaguars’ defense must keep containing Lamar Jackson and the offense must put their foot on the gas pedal. If they do, they might just be able to upset the Ravens.