Jacksonville, Florida. – Make that Duvalllll – with five straight Ls.
The slide continued for Jaguar, who suffered a loss from open to shutdown by the Lions in a 34-16 loss at TIAA Bank Square on Sunday.
Jacksonville (1-5) lost their fifth game in a row and appeared, once again, misfit while doing so. Defense allowed more than 30 points for the fifth week in a row and crime couldn’t accumulate much of anything when it mattered.
Gardner Minshew struggled to move the attack again, getting a pair of turns in the first half and was able to flash hope late with a touching 14-yard pass to James Robinson.
It was too late for the Jaguars, who would spend another week trying to figure out what, if any, they could do to salvage what had become yet another sore season set out for a high-draft pick next year.
Coach Doug Maroney said there are no immediate changes planned for the Jaguars coaching team, including defense coordinator Todd Wash.
After three consecutive losses for previously unbeaten teams (Dolphins, Bengals, Texans), the Jaguars found single-win Lions just as difficult to stop.
They gave up landing on the first driving of the Lions and played from behind the whole time as the Detroit lead grew to 21 in the middle of the third quarter.
After Minshew scored 6 yards in a rush in the third quarter, the first of his career, narrowing that deficit to 24-10, Detroit responded (2-3) with a D’Andre Swift 6 yards off the landing on the next drive to crush any kind of momentum In Jacksonville. Minshew’s scoring pass with Robinson leaving 5:18 was inactive.
The defense gave up the accelerating 185 yards, the bulk of it to Swift (116 yards at 14 carts, two TDs) and another 40 yards (the TD) to Adrian Peterson. Matthew Stafford passed 223 yards and landed in lions.
Minshew was 25 out of 44 for 243 yards. Kellan Cole had an impressive day, having six passes at 143 yards.
So what now for a team that didn’t know the most challenging part of their schedule?
Detroit was arguably the easiest match remaining on paper for Jacksonville, and the Lions, Slumber and All, appeared to be dominant.
The Jaguars travel to Los Angeles Chargers next week and then return from their farewell matches at home against Texas, travel to Green Bay, then host Pittsburgh and Cleveland to close in November.
Jacksonville continued to find ways to struggle.
In the Bengals match on October 4, the Jaguars faced one of the worst passes protecting offensive lines in the NFL and only managed one sack. Against the worst defense in the NFL on Sunday (I entered Detroit by allowing an astonishing 170.3 dash yards per match), Robinson had little room for action and the play calls did not give him many chances.
It finished with 29 yards speeding up to 12 gigs. As a team, the Jaguars finished with 44 yards speeding on 16 gigs.
Kicker John Brown hit his first field goal attempt, 31 years old. He became the fifth kick player at Jaguar in several weeks, and it was the first kick of any kind for Brown.
Elias Sports Bureau said that Jaguars was the first team since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 to have five different players attempting a field goal or PAT in five consecutive matches. Brown has never attempted a field goal on any level, including high school, in his career.
Brown missed his next attempt, 32 yards mid-second quarter. This inconsistency in the kicking game kept coach Doug Maroney hesitant even trying to shoot him off a chip. He chose to go to fourth and fourth places from the 14th Lions after a defensive pause for Jaguar in the third quarter and Mincio’s pass knocked out.
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