The Jacksonville Jaguars entered Week 4 looking to get back to .500 after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans in back-to-back games. A three-point favorite for the game, the offense, defense, and special teams contributed to the 23-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
The offense got off to a hot start. They scored 10 points in their first three drives. However, they cooled down as the game progressed and only scored six more points the rest of the way. However, the defense did their part, and cornerback Darious Williams returned his first interception as a member of the Jaguars for a touchdown, giving the team a 17-0 team.
Although Atlanta made things a bit interesting when they scored in the third quarterback, their comeback attempt failed. A 38-field goal by kicker Brandon McManus sealed the deal in the fourth quarter and a fumble recovery by the Jags' defense sealed the deal. With that in mind, here are three takeaways from Jacksonville's second win of the year.
3. The Jaguars offense operated the way it's supposed to vs. the Falcons
Head coach Doug Pederson was a long shot to suit up in Week 4, so it wasn't particularly shocking to see him be ruled out Friday. On the other hand, there were questions about return specialist Jamal Agnew's availability for the game. Agnew popped up on the injury report with a quad injury and got the questionable designation. Once the Jags announced he was going to be inactive, it was fair to wonder how the offense would respond.
From the get-go, the Jaguars had no trouble moving the ball. Although they punted on their first offensive drive, they scored on their next drive when Trevor Lawrence connected with wide receiver Calvin Ridley for a 30-yard touchdown.
Lawrence went 23-of-30 for 207 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Even though the offense wasn't nearly as successful the rest of the game, they did enough to keep Atlanta at bay. Travis Etienne got 20 carries for 58 yards. Atlanta made an emphasis to stop him but the coaching staff kept giving him the ball. In the end, the strategy paid off as they controlled the time of possession with 32:25.
All things considered, it wasn't perfect but it was much better than the last two weeks.