The Jacksonville Jaguars are holding no punches against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. Not long after kicker Brandon McManus made a 50+ yards field goal, cornerback Darious Williams had an interception off quarterback Desmond Ridder that he took to the house to give the Jags a 17-0 lead.
The Jaguars offense is operating at full steam and the defense is also doing their part. Right after William's pick 6, safety Andre Cisco also snagged an interception. So far, the pass rush hasn't given Ridder a break. Outside linebacker Josh Allen already racked up two sacks, giving him six for the season. He tallied three in the opener and had another one against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Falcons, for their part, have struggled to move the ball. As of this writing, they've managed 51 passing yards and 26 yards on the ground, with five total first downs. The only thing that Atlanta has going for them is the front four. They've brought down Trevor Lawrence three times.
On the other hand, Lawrence has had no trouble moving the ball. He's done a good job of distributing the ball despite the fact that wide receiver Zay Jones missed the bout with a knee injury. Tight end Evan Engram, Calvin Ridley (he scored the first touchdown of the game), Christian Kirk, Luke Farrell and Travis Etienne all have caught passes.
Williams signed a three-year deal worth $30 million with Jacksonville last year. He didn't have an interception last season, so it's fitting that he took his first pick in Jaguars uniform to the house. Here's his pick 6.
The Jaguars are in the driver's seat to beat the Falcons in Week 4
The embarrassing loss against the Houston Texans in Week 3 was the product of the Jaguars failing to execute in all three phases of the game. And what a difference a game makes. Now, the offense, the defense, and the special teams are doing their job.
Lawrence has mostly gotten good protection throughout the game. His receivers aren't dropping passes and Travis Etienne has made the most of his carries. The defense has been equally productive, whether it's the pass rush or the secondary.
The Falcons are trailing by 17 points at halftime. The one thing the Jaguars cannot allow is for them to make a comeback attempt. They must keep putting points on the scoreboard to widen their lead.