JAGUARS WIN, FINALLY: WHAT WENT WRIGHT
Your Jacksonville Jaguars have broken the streak, and in dramatic fashion at that. After 20 long, arduous, loyalty-testing losses, the Jaguars finally won one.
Let's take a trip across the pond and break down what went WRIGHT for the Jaguars in this game.
The WRIGHT Way
Matthew Wright has been a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars for about three weeks, but he's already etched his name into Jaguars' history thanks to a couple of magnificent field goals late in week six. On Sunday, Wright made three total field goals for the Jaguars; the first field goal tries the team had converted all year. Trailing by three with 3:40 left in regulation, Wright hit one of the most bizarre field goals I've ever seen from 54 yards out. The ball started waaaaaaay right and then curved back inside at the last moment to tie the game up at 20. Minutes later, on the final play of the game, Wright nailed a 53-yarder that was never in doubt. He stuck the ball confidently and delivered Jaguars' fans their first win in over a year.
What a performance from the newcomer.
Marvin Jones and Jamal Agnew - Perfection
Marvin Jones and Jamal Agnew played massive roles for the Jaguars' offense in this contest, making big grabs for Trevor Lawrence over and over and over again. The two combined to catch 12/16 targets for 178 yards and a score. Jones dominated the boundaries for the Jaguars' offense, while Agnew made plays all over the field. These types of receiver performances haven't been present nearly enough for the Big Cats in 2021, but for one day, they did more than enough to help bring home the first victory of the season.
Laviska Shenault Jr. - Clutch
Shenault dropped a couple of balls that he should have come down with in the first half, but he made two of the most critical grabs of the game. First, Shenault hauled in a fourth-down catch in the second quarter that led to the Jaguars' first touchdown of the contest. Then, with five seconds left in the game, Shenault came down with a nine-yard gain on 4th and 8, setting up the game-winning kick. In total, Viska caught six of ten targets for 54 yards. Outside of dropping two passes in a row, he turned in another impactful performance, one that saw him make two of the most important plays of the game.
Trevor Lawrence Shines Bright
The first overall pick looked the part for the third straight week. He completed 25/41 passes for 319 yards, and a touchdown on a magnificent deep end zone shot down the left side to Marvin Jones. Despite several easy drops by usually reliable targets and far too much pressure in the backfield, Lawrence found a way to lead his team to five scoring drives. His field vision, pocket manipulation, and superior right arm were on display throughout the game. He did lose one fumble and needs to make sure that doesn't become a habit, but overall, Lawrence played precisely how you'd hope a number one pick would, and he delivered in the clutch.
Late Game Defense
The Jaguars' pass defense is putrid. Outside of Shaquill Griffin, no one is playing anywhere close to the level they need to at cornerback for the Jags. Still, the defense came up clutch several times in the second half. On the first play after Trevor Lawrence fumbled the ball, Nevin Lawson stole it right back with an interception, giving the Jaguars an opportunity to capitalize on a short field (they turned the ball over on downs). Later in the game, the Jaguars' defense held firm, forcing the Dolphins to punt with just under seven minutes left. And on the final defensive stand, the Jaguars forced a turnover downs with 1:49 remaining, a stop that led to the game-winning field goal. This Jaguars' defense is still a work in progress, but for one game, they made the plays when they needed to and helped contribute to a victory in London.
The Jaguars had several calls go their way against the Dolphins. There was the controversial drop by Miami running back Myles Gaskin that was difficult to see. Then there was the question of whether or not Jamal Agnew's finger touched a punt that bounced into the endzone. Had the officials ruled that Agnew touched the ball, it would've given the Dolphins a touchdown late in the game. An offensive pass interference here, a no-call on a DPI there, and the Jaguars have their first win of 2021.
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