The Jacksonville Jaguars had never won the Superdome before their Week 7 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Trevor Lawrence hadn't fared much better. He lost two games in college and both came in the Superdome. That changed on Thursday Night Football, when the Jags beat New Orleans 41-24.
Before the game, Ed Werner of ESPN pointed out Jacksonville was 0-3 all-time at the Superdome and Lawrence's both losses at Clemson took place there. Werder then asked whether you believed in voodoo. The Jaguars' social media team caught wind of the post and was blunt in their response.
Truth to be told, the Jaguars were in control of the game early on but they let New Orleans hang around in the second half. The 24-9 lead turned into a 24-24 tie by the fourth quarter. The Jaguars scored with under four minutes left in the clock to make it 31-24 but left ample time for the Saints to mount a comeback. The Saints got to the Jaguars' six-yard line and came close to scoring. Fortunately, the defense stepped up and forced New Orleans to turn the ball over on downs.
Having said that, not everything was doom and gloom. Running back Travis Etienne became the first player in franchise history to score two touchdowns in three straight games. Trevor Lawrence, who played through a knee injury, didn't miss a beat and even led the team in yards after breaking off several long runs. You wouldn't have known he was dealing with an injury if you watched him play.
The defense was their usual self. Cornerback Montaric Brown filled in for Tyson Campbell and was up to the task, giving up just four receptions for 52 yards on 10 targets and had two crucial pass defenses, including one with the game on the line. Also, linebacker Foyesade Oluokun had a pick-six , the first of his NFL career.
Following the game, head coach Doug Pederson credited the whole team for the win and gave a shoutout. He also praised the offense, the defense, and the special teams for punter Logan Cooke's play on fourth down.
"I'm just proud of you guys," Pederson told the team in the locker room. "It's the fourth game in 19 days. I don't know any other team that is going to do that this year. Not gonna happen. I'm proud of the way you've handled these 19 days. We've come away 4-0 on these 19 days. Proud of you guys."
The Jaguars will rest before they get ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Jacksonville Jaguars are now 5-2 and riding a four-game streak. They will enjoy a long weekend before they travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. Pederson told the media after the win over that the team has to make the most of their incoming mini-BYE.
"We've got to take advantage of the next three days. Players have to get healthy, live in the training room, and all of that. But at the same time, I want them to take this mini-break, the coaching staff do the same thing, get away, clear their heads. One more road game coming up and then give them a little more of a break. So we just got to be smart with the next couple of days, anticipating getting some guys back next week that have been missing but we'll do it. We'll do the right thing and then look forward to that."
It wasn't pretty but the Jaguars found a way to win and end a losing skid at the Superdome. They now get to rest before they turn their attention to the Steelers.