The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to end a four-game losing skid in Week 17. They scored a field goal to get ahead 3-0 over the Carolina Panthers. They've also got a big break with edge rusher Brian Burns questionable to return.
Burns, one of the Panthers' top players on defense, suffered a knee injury on the first drive of the game. The Jags marched down 43 yards on 13 plays and Brandon McManus capped the drive with an ç35-yard field goal. Burns had a sack on that drive. In fact, he forced the Jags to settle for a field goal.
Carolina has also lost quarterback Bryce Young. Defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris sacked the rookie on fourth down, and he walked off the field afterward. Before leaving, Young went 5-of-8 for 33 yards. Not long after leaving, Young return behind center.
On a side note, Panthers kicker Eddy Pineiro got hurt during warmups, and without a viable option at kicker, they've gone for it twice on fourth downs. For the time being, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill will be handling kickoffs.
Injuries are quickly piling up for the Panthers. While Young managed to return, losing Brian Burns will affect their ability to rush the passer. Even before he left the game, Jacksonville had no trouble moving the ball.
It's still early, but the game is leaning in the Jaguars' favor. As of this writing, they haven't been able to reach the end zone but they're in control of the matchup. So far, they've mustered four first downs and totaled 75 yards on offense. The defense has been equally productive, forcing the Panthers to turn the ball over twice, first on downs, and later in a punt.
Stay tuned for more updates.