One of the biggest plotlines surrounding the London game was that wide receiver Calvin Ridley was going to face off against his old team. He made sure they remembered him when he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass that gave the Jacksonville Jaguars their seven points of the game. They then made it 10-0 when kicker Brandon McManus nailed a 56-yard field goal.
The Jags got the ball to start the game but couldn't get anything going on offense, punting after just six plays. They made the most of their second offensive drive though. Trevor Lawrence came up with a couple key runs and wide receiver Christian Kirk came through with a crucial catch on fourth-and-1. Once Jacksonville got the first down.
Two plays after Kirk moved the chains, Lawrence connected with Ridley for a 30-yard touchdown drive. In their next possession, the Jags drove down 46 yards on eight plays. McManus then proceeded to kick the field goal that got Jacksonville to 10-0.
The Jaguars offense has struggled the last two games but they're off to a good start vs. the Falcons. Against the Kansas City Chiefs, they didn't reach the end zone and mustered just nine points. Last week, they had trouble moving the ball and several drives stalled once they got into Houston Texans territory. Several drops and penalties also played a huge role in Jacksonville's 37-17 loss. Here's Ridley's touchdown.
The Jaguars are having much better offensive success vs. the Falcons
Trevor Lawrence went 6-of-8 for 59 yards. He also had those two runs for 29 yards. While Travis Etienne only had four carries in the first two drives, he's gotten a bigger workload in the Jaguars' third possession. The offensive line for their part, is giving Lawrence good protection and doing a good job of opening rushing lanes.
Something encouraging is that Lawrence is distributing the ball to his playmakers. Christian Kirk, Calvin Ridley, and Evan Engram all have registered at least a catch. Luke Farrell and Etienne have also hauled in receptions.
Their defense, on the other hand, has done their part and forced the Falcons to punt twice.
It's too early to tell how things are going to play out but the Jaguars are off to a good start in their yearly trip to London. If they can keep their foot on the gas pedal, there's a good chance they'll climb back to .500.