jacksonville – In a weekly feature for the 2022 season, NFL Media and Jaguars Media analyst Bucky Brooks breaks down the Jaguars’ performance in a 21-17 loss to the Denver Broncos at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
- Despite losing five straight matches, the Jaguars are poised to emerge as a play-off contender in the AFC. Not only has this team taken every game this season into the fourth quarter with a chance to win, but the Jaguars can point to the mistakes they made as major reasons for their 2-6 record. Against the Broncos, they committed a series of “DBO” (Don’t Beat Ourselves) errors that proved costly in another one-run game. From quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s turnovers, particularly his red zone interception, to linebacker Tre Herndon’s poor coverage of Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler’s 47-yard touchdown with three minutes left, the Jaguars sealed another win for their opponent. As losers of nine straight one-pitch games, including six in 2022, the Jaguars could have turned the script on the losing narrative hanging on the franchise. With more attention to detail and a greater understanding of how to win matches, this team can rack up wins without major changes to their roster or philosophical approach.
- The Broncos won due to a series of mistakes they made themselves that ultimately cost the Jaguars dearly. Lawrence’s red zone interception prevented the Jaguars from taking a 14-0 lead that would have put the Broncos behind the eight-ball. Although the Jaguars responded with a quick stop and a field goal to push the lead to 10-0, the four-point swing came back to haunt the team in the end.
- For all the progress the former first overall pick has made this season, red zone blunders and costly errors from the sophomore pro have hurt the Jaguars’ playoff chances this season. Lawrence’s turnovers have played a major role in at least three losses (Philadelphia, Houston and Denver), and his teammates certainly look him up as he repeats the same mistakes in the red zone. While everyone understands that his mistakes are part of a maturation process that can help him develop into an elite midfielder down the road, it’s hard to ignore his role in the team’s five-game losing streak.
- Running back Travis Etienne Jr is the real deal. The sophomore let the football world know he’s ready to join the elite ranks in his position with over 100 sparring yards in four straight games. Not only did Etienne flash with speed, blast and blast to produce big plays as a runner, but he showed the versatility of validating initial draft comparisons to Alvin Camara. As a dynamic racer with home-run capabilities, Etienne is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. With coach Doug Pederson slowly building the attack around his talents, the Jaguars’ RB1 has emerged as the team’s best offensive weapon.
- The crime began to find her identity with Etienne as a big star on the field. In the second year, a professional achieved 159 yards a quarrel on 27 touches in an amazing effort that showed his ability to play great and harden as a playmaker. With Etienne stability to attack with a mixture of internal and external exercises, Jaguars managed to snack enough points to win a match against one of the scarce NFL defenses. Although Lawrence and the pass game needed to add a few starting games to put the team in the foreground, the attack played well enough to win without the costly Lawrence transformations and decisive mistakes in major failure. If this unit becomes more consistent as a balanced or integrated crime capable of relying on running or passing, it will be difficult for opponents to deal with the diversity of Jaguar personnel or the philosophical approach.
- It is difficult to blame the defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell on the defensive effort of Jaguar against Bronco. The defense contained the running game and forced Broncos’ struggling quarterback Russell Wilson to make crucial plays to win. Although the secondary succumbed to some deep balls and the frontline allowed the veteran to slip out of the pocket at crucial moments, the unit’s overall play would classify as a winning performance in most cases. Sure, you’d like to see Herndon stop the ball from flying over the defense in the closing moments of the game, but the defensive game plan and effort were solid from start to finish.