Jaguars Report Card: Grading The Jaguars Performance Against The Miami Dolphins

In many ways, the Jaguars didn’t change a whole lot on Sunday. 

The defense still can’t seem to find the opposition’s tight end if he had a GPS tracker in his helmet. 

The Jaguars' offensive coaching staff still can’t seem to find the right play call for fourth-and-short. 

There were four false start penalties and one for the offense having 12 players in the huddle. 

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Rayshawn Jenkins was penalized for taunting Miami tight end Durham Smythe, after Smythe had caught an 18-yard pass from Tua Tagovailoa. 

Tight end Luke Farrell was hit with a facemask penalty away from the play, wiping out a 27-yard gain by James Robinson. 

Ben Bartch was flagged for clipping near the line of scrimmage, on a pass play that went downfield. 

And on the Jags’ final possession, there were two sacks and the second false start penalty of the game on tight end Chris Manhertz – and quarterback Trevor Lawrence still managed to get them in position for Matthew Wright’s game-winning field goal on the final play for the 23-20 victory at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Perhaps it’s because Miami (1-5) isn’t a better team and has its own issues. But the Jags (1-5) aren’t in a position to question style points – not after losing 20 games in a row. 

And they aren’t. Plus, there's something to be said for have the resilience to find a way to win despite self-inflicted wounds, and the Jaguars finally did that.

"There was a lot of things to fix, but you saw a young quarterback make a big-time play at the biggest time of the game, and then a young kicker that we just signed a couple weeks ago pop two 50-plus yarders, so it was a great win," Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said.

Despite allowing Miami’s three tight ends to combine for 14 receptions for 182 yards; despite a strip-sack of Lawrence by former Clemson teammate Christian Wilkins that stopped one drive at the Dolphins’ 31 and another fourth-down call that went south – and which wasted Nevin Lawson’s interception one play after Lawrence’s fumble – and despite allowing a 91-yard touchdown drive after Robinson was stopped for no gain at the Miami 9, here were the Jaguars, down 20-17, and still with a chance to win. 

Lawrence first completed three passes for 37 yards to set up Wright’s 54-yard field goal, only the second of the season for the Jags, tying the game 20-20 with 3:40 left. 

The Jags then turned the fourth-down tables on Miami, as Josh Allen and Chappelle Russell stopped Malcolm Brown on fourth-and-1 at the Miami 46 with 1:42 left. 

"Guys wanted to make that play, and it felt great. Oh, Lord, it felt great," Allen said. "I thought they were going to do some tricky stuff on us, but obviously we stopped them.

The Jaguars’ final possession looked like the usual clown show. Manhertz was hit with a false start. Then Lawrence was sacked twice. Leaving the Jags with third-and-15 at their own 44. 

Lawrence got them in position for the winning kick with a 12-yard pass to Laviska Shenault and the final 9-yard completion on fourth-and-8 to Shenault, and perhaps the fastest timeout ever called in team history with one second left on the clock. 

Wright then kicked the second field goal of the season for the Jags, and the biggest since Josh Lambo – who he presumably will replace – won a 2019 game against Denver with a field goal with 1:32 left.

Lawrence said the Jaguars still have much room for improvement.

"Obviously, there's still so much more work to do," he said. "But it feels good to get a win."

Meyer said the upcoming bye week will be crucial for the team to get healthy. The team was already down offensive guard A.J. Cann and center Brandon Linder, and Cann's replacement, Ben Bartch, sustained a concussion.'

"We have a bye week next week ... we were down three [starting] offensive linemen during the course of that game," he said. "Whenever you have depth, which we do have some depth in the offensive line -- Will Richardson did a nice job, went in there and protected our quarterback. We get Myles Jack back next week, one of our captains. We've just got to get this team full."

Source : https://www.hawkcentral.com/story/sports/nfl/2021/10/17/jaguars-still-did-jaguar-things-but-somehow-pulled-out-victory-over-miami/8445050002/

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