The Jacksonville Jaguars are traveling to play the Denver Broncos in Week 4. This is the game that either puts Jacksonville at an even record or two games below .500 — and with cornerback Jalen Ramsey out a lot of the pressure on the defensive line to pressure Joe Flacco and force turnovers.
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7:10 PM: Game has turned into a defensive struggle, as both offenses have failed to do much after that touchdown drive. Jags have the ball at their own 5, with 9 minutes left in the game.
6:49 PM: The defense holds again, and here’s a look at the Fournette jaunt.
6:43 PM: TOUCHDOWN! The defense holds Denver to a quick three and out, leaving the Jags to take over at their 7 yard line. Then Leonard Fournette finally goes Leonard Fournette, breaking off an 83 yard run to get the Jags into the Broncos red zone. Minshew then finishes it off with a pass over the middle to James O’Shaughnessy on a fantastic play call from OC John DeFilipo. Jaguars take the lead, 20-17.
6:33 PM: I mean, folks....
6:28 PM: Jags open the second half with a 16 play, 78 yard drive, that was all Leonard Fournette and Garnder. Freaking. Minshew. Two jaw dropping third down plays by Gardner, including the capping play in which Minshew avoided seemingly half the Denver defense and flipped it to Ryquell Armstead in the back of the end zone. Lambo makes it 17-13, Denver.
5:55 PM: The Jaguars enter halftime, down 17-6. Denver added a field goal, followed by a bunch of nothing from the Jags offense. However, a Ronnie Harrison interception got Jacksonville into Denver territory with a minute in the first half left. An apparent touchdown strike from Minshew to Chark that would’ve made it a one-score game at the half, was called back on a Cam Robinson hands to the face penalty, leaving the Jags to settle for another Lambo field goal.
5:27 PM: Jags’ offense has been spinning it’s tires as they can’t take advantage of good field position following a quick three and out by Denver. Minshew is sacked on 3rd down by Bradley Chubb who beats Cam Robinson pretty easily.
5:11 PM: The Broncos pick on Tre Herndon, starting for Ramsey, on two consecutive plays and capitalize with strike to Courtland Sutton in the end zone for the Denver touchdown. Broncos up 14-3. This could get bad, folks.
5:06 PM: End of the first quarter, Jags and Broncos exchange three and outs including Minshew getting clobbered on Von Miller’s first sack of the season. Denver driving around midfield.
4:55 PM: Jags march downfield on a drive that included a phenomenal catch for 24 yards from Minshew to Chark. Drive stalls at the Denver 13 yard line, and Josh Lambo nails the field goal try. 7-3 Broncos.
4:41 PM: Takes two plays for the Broncos to pick up the opening touchdown, as rookie tight end Noah Fant takes a screen from Flacco and runs in nearly untouched thanks to some really crappy tackling efforts on the part of the Jags secondary. Broncos lead 7-0.
4:39 PM: Quick three and out for the Jags, as Chris Conley seemingly gives up on a go route along the sideline on 3rd & 7. Logan Cooke pins the Broncos at their own 45.
4:31 PM: Broncos offense moves the ball rather well to get to about midfield, before rookie Quincy Williams makes a great athletic play to stop Phillip Lindsey short of the chains on 3rd & 2. Denver downs the punt at the Jaguars 1 yard line, however.
4:25 PM: Kick off set to start, the Jags win the toss and defer. We’ll see the defense take on Joe Flacco first.
4:21 PM: Well....let’s get nuts!
Jaguars trying to snap a streak that has lasted more than a decade today. The Jaguars have lost their last 11 games played in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. The last time they won a game in those two time zones was a 24-17 victory over Denver on Oct. 12, 2008.— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) September 29, 2019
3:41 PM: Pictured below, Gardner Minshew and a fan..
3:31 PM: As it stands now from the 1 PM games, the Jaguars have a chance to jump right back into the AFC South race with a win today, with the day possibly ending with every team in the AFC South sitting at 2-2. The Jags need to hold up their end of the bargain, of course.
3:00 PM: With Ramsey missing his first regular season game as a Jaguar, here is the list of the remaining inactives for the team today.
Full inactives: Jalen Ramsey, C.J. Board, Devine Ozgibo, D.J. Alexander, Brandon Thomas, Josh Oliver and Dontavius Russell. #Jaguars— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) September 29, 2019
2:55 PM: Though he made the trip to Denver, Jalen Ramsey has been ruled OUT today by the Jaguars.
#Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (back) is officially inactive at Denver.— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) September 29, 2019
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4:09 AM: That’s right — Jalen Ramsey made the trip with the rest of the team on Saturday. It’ll be up to him how he feels, but I doubt he’d make all this effort not to play.