You've probably heard defensive end Arden Key talk about taking Trevor Lawrence's first read away being the key to stopping him. While his comments were misconstructed, they weren't technically wrong. Still, knowing the secret sauce wasn't enough to contain Lawrence, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, who beat the Tennessee Titans 34-14 in Week 11.
Lawrence played a huge role in the Jags' win, completing 75 percent of his passes for 262 yards with two passing touchdowns. He added two more on the ground. Although he didn't cross the 300-yard mark, he didn't need to. Steezy Trev made good decisions throughout the game and got the football into his playmakers' hands. More importantly, he didn't have a single turnover, only the second time he's done so this season.
Following the game, Lawrence was asked about Key's recent comments. He said he wasn't paying attention to outside noise and only cared about winning.
"I'm not thinking about any of that stuff. I can't care less what those guys say, to be honest." Lawrence told the media. "That's really my only response to that. It doesn't matter. Those guys think I'm the best thing in the world. It doesn't matter either. I Love Arden, a former teammate, hurts that he said that *sarcasm* but I really don't I don't care. It's about how you perform on Sunday. It's not about what other people say but if you want to change the narrative, then change the narrative and play better."
"There's things that obviously I take accountability for and my main my main goal is to win though. We're sitting at 7-3, we're in a great spot. We have to keep this energy, and attacking like we did today every week. We got to finish the season, we got seven games left. A big one next week with Houston playing really good football. All I care about is winning. So I don't really care what people think I can or can't do," Lawrence said.
Lawrence went on to say that being in synch and being accountable helped the Jaguars win to rebound from the frustrating loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10, "We all shoulder some of that blame and stick together. That's something we've done a great job of."
Before Week 11, Lawrence had completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,120 yards with nine touchdowns and six picks. This was arguably his best game this season in terms of production and efficiency. It's also worth noting that he also reached an important milestone, becoming the fourth quarterback in franchise history to pass for over 10,000 yards.
Trevor Lawrence showed out vs. the Titans because the Jaguars helped him
Critics of Trevor Lawrence could disregard the win over the Tennessee Titans by pointing out that they were 3-6 entering the game, but the truth is that no divisional bout is ever easy. Moreover, the Jacksonville Jaguars have struggled to win at home this season, so they most definitely deserve credit for disposing of Tennessee.
All things considered, Lawrence deserves lots of credit for the win but so does his supporting cast and coaches. Having wide receiver Zay Jones back in the mix after sitting out the past four games helped his teammates find opportunities. Similarly, the offensive line did their job and didn't give up a sack.
It also helped that Lawrence's knee, which limited his mobility, in prior games, was at full strength (or close to it. This allowed him to mostly move without restrictions against the Tennessee Titans. His two rushing touchdowns in Week 11 were his first and second of the season.
The bottom line is that the Jacksonville Jaguars have a franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence. And against the Titans, he showed what he's capable of when he gets a little help.