The Jacksonville Jaguars are 5-2 following the 31-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football. They haven't lost a game dating back to Week 3 and Trevor Lawrence deserves lots of credit for their recent success. However, several analysts remain unimpressed. To them, Lawrence has a simple message.
Lawrence took to Twitter following the Jags' dismatling of the Saints in Week 7 and told his critics to "keep your opnions, and we'll keep finding ways to win."
Lawrence isn't known for being active on social media and is relatively quiet off the field. So if he felt the need to make that post, it's because he wanted to make it clear that the Jaguars shouldn't be taken lightly in light of their four-game winning streak.
Although you won't hear Lawrence be brought up in the 2023 MVP talk right now, he's most definitely played well, completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,643 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. In Week 7, he made several key plays and even broke off several big runs despite the fact that he was dealing with a knee injury.
After the win, Colin Cowherd praised Lawrence for his play and leadership skills. However, not everyone is sold on the quarterback's impact. Not long ago, former NFL running back LeSean McCoy claimed that Travis Etienne, not Lawrence, carried the team on his shoulders.
Similarly, there was a debate as recently as a couple months ago about who was the better quarterback, Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields. The question looks silly in retrospect but that goes on to show how much disrespect Lawrence has gotten even though he's done more than enough to be considered a top-10 passer in the NFL.
Trevor Lawrence is a big reason the Jaguars are winning, 1st place in the AFC South
The Jacksonville Jaguars are far from perfect but they've been good enough to go 5-2 in the first seven weeks of the season. Among the issues they're experiencing, they need better production from their running game and they need to find a pass rusher opposite Josh Allen. The good news is that the team's brass has ample time to address both concerns. On top of that, there are many things the Jags got going in their favor.
Trevor Lawrence and his receivers have shown a better rapport in recent weeks. They struggled with drops early in the season but that's no longer an issue. The offensive line has also played much better as the years progressed. The defense is doing its part and currently leads the league with 17 turnovers.
It's possible that Lawrence isn't getting nearly as much recognition because the Jaguars are winning as a team but that's a good thing. He doesn't have to get into a shootout every week to give Jacksonville a chance. Instead, the offense can afford to have a bad day and the defense will step up, and vice versa.
The bottom line is that the Jaguars and Trevor Lawrence are winning. Some analyst won't give them the credit they deserve but that will only keep motivating them to prove them wrong.
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