The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently the embodiment of Murphy Law. Simply, nothing has gone right for them in their matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers in Super Wild Card Weekend. While the Jags were an underdog ahead of the game, not many analysts predicted they would be 27-7 by halftime.
There are still two quarters left but it’s hard to see Jacksonville bouncing back, especially when you take into account how badly they’re playing. Trevor Lawrence has already thrown four interceptions and had three in the first quarter alone, making him the first quarterback to achieve such a dubious honor.
Per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, six quarterbacks had previously been picked off twice in the first quarter of a playoff game, including Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.
The last quarterback to throw as many picks in his playoff debut was Byran Hoyer in 2016. Per Michael DiRocco of ESPN, five interceptions is the record for a playoff debut. Then again, Lawrence isn’t the sole reason Jacksonville is losing. The defense hasn’t been able to stop the Chargers despite the fact that wide receiver Mike Williams didn’t suit up.
On the bright side, the Jags finished the first half strong. Near the end of the second half, Lawrence led a seven-play, 47-yard drive that ended Lawrence a nine-yard receiving touchdown to tight end Evan Engram.
Can the Jacksonville Jaguars pull off a comeback vs. the Chargers?
Lawrence went 10-of-24 for 77 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Travis Etienne toted the rock eight times for 37 yards and averaged over four yards per carry, which makes you wonder why the coaching staff didn’t lean on him more often. It would be a good idea to get Etienne involved in the second half.
Also, defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell must adjust and contain quarterback Justin Herbert, who was 15-of-24 for 139 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the first half. Also, one turnover by the Jaguars’ defense would be huge.
While a comeback seems unlikely, the Jaguars managed to bounce back several times in the regular season. Can they do it in the playoffs? We shall see.