The Jaguars are in search of their first win this week against the Arizona Cardinals later today. The team enters the week with plenty of questions both offensively and defensively today as they search for their identity as a team.
For Jacksonville, they’ll look to change the narrative, and are currently set to have a tie for the fifth-longest losing streak in NFL history at 18 games dating back to last season. They’re currently at 17 games after losing 15 straight to end the 2020 season.
That season brought the team rookie QB Trevor Lawrence, who also will look to prove a lot today in the third regular-season matchup of his career. Thus far the rookie has completed just 42 out of 84 of his passes for 450 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.
Let’s kick off the live thread:
Cardinals score another touchdown, that makes 21 unanswered points against Jacksonville.
The Cardinals are up 31-19 with 6:49 remaining.
Lawrence throws a pick-six off of a flea-flicker, stretch play. Jaguars now trail 24-19, just like that.
AND 7 IN FOR 7!!!!!!@byronmurphy x #RedSea pic.twitter.com/cpyH4gij7k— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 26, 2021
The Cardinals march right down the field and score on the Jacksonville offense in what amounted to five plays on the drive.
Cardinals make the point after, making the score just a two-point game with Jacksonville in the lead 19-17.
The Jaguars score a touchdown with running back James Robinson from four yards out. The team had all runs on the drive, including a couple of long runs from Robinson of 21 and 17 yards.
Josh Lambo misses yet another extra point, giving Jacksonville just a 9-point lead, up 19-10.
Jaguars defense holds on with a nice stop on the Cardinals in the red zone. They’d hold them to just a field goal, remaining in the lead. 7:38 remains in the third quarter.
Jacksonville - 13
Arizona - 10
Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard recorded an interception on Murry during Arizona’s first drive of the second half. It would be the Jaguars’ first forced turnover of the season.
An incredible turn of events, Jaguars return specialist Jamal Agnew returns the long field goal attempt (68 yards) by Arizona at the end of half 109 yards for a touchdown.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/pGT7D5ML0x— madebytim (@MadeByTim) September 26, 2021
Also, obligatory Gus Johnson call here:
Gus Johnson is a national treasure pic.twitter.com/3I9zANQpLz— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) September 26, 2021
Jaguars score a touchdown with a great pass from Lawrence to receiver DJ Chark Jr. in the corner of the end zone.
What an incredible throw and catch here from Lawrence to Chark: pic.twitter.com/nUq6NKEjzi— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) September 26, 2021
Jacksonville is all tied up with Arizona 7-7 with 21 seconds left in the first half.
2:00 minute warning and the Cardinals are leading the Jaguars 7-0 in the first half. Jaguars currently driving, at their own 46. A couple of nice passes to Shenault. Trevor got the ball out just in time on the recent one. Gains of 7 and 9 yards for the 2nd-year WR.
The Cardinals were called for offensive pass interference on a third-and-three, forcing them to attempt a long third-down conversion on their most recent drive. The Jacksonville defense holds strong, and Arizona has yet to convert a third down today.
There is 3:22 remaining in the first half.
Jaguars defense doing well on third downs today against Arizona, stopping them on all three attempts.
Lawrence was picked off on a play from the Arizona 17 yard line. The ball was intended for Jacob Hollister who couldn’t haul it in and tipped it to Cardinals CB Byron Murphy. What looked to be a promising drive, turns into nothing for Jacksonville’s offense.
It was the second red-zone trip of the season for Jacksonville.
A fantastic stop by the Jaguars defense, forcing the Cardinals to punt out of their own end zone led to Jacksonville getting the ball in favorable field position at the end of the first quarter. Jacksonville will start the second quarter on the Arizona 37-yard-line.
Lawrence is currently 5 of 8 for 39 yards. 33 of those yards have gone to Marvin Jones.
Jacksonville had a solid third drive, with Lawrence connecting with Marvin Jones on a couple of nice gains. But, they were still forced to punt for the third time today. Rudy Ford would down the Logan Cooke punt at the 1-yard-line to set up the Jacksonville defense in favorable field position.
Cardinals are able to punch it into the end zone after a 28-yard completion from Kyler Murray to Christian Kirk set Arizona up in good field position. Murray was able to run the ball in off of a naked bootleg from the 1-yard-line, scoring with ease.
Arizona strikes first, up 7-0 with 6:42 left in the first quarter.
Jaguars started the contest with two three-and-outs. James Robinson was able to have a nice gain of six to start the second drive, but the team went backwards from there, losing two yards on the next play and then an incomplete pass on the next play. Forced to punt.
Jaguars rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell made a fantastic pass breakup on third-and-1 to force the Cardinals to punt the football. Playing at his natural position outside, Campbell was able to stay with AJ Green, swatting the football to force an incompletion.
On the first drive of the day, the Jaguars started the game by handing the football off to James Robinson, who wasn’t able to get much going. The next two plays would be passes, but Trevor Lawrence couldn’t connect with Marvin Jones Jr. on third down, nearly throwing an interception to his former teammate in Isaiah Simmons.
Opening kickoff will go to the Jaguars after the Cardinals won the toss and elected to defer. Jacksonville wanted to get more balanced, so expect some early running to start the game with James Robinson.
Jacksonville will hope to try to contain Cardinals QB Kyler Murray. That won’t be an easy ask as the young signal-caller has quickly become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. His explosive running, along with his throwing prowess goes almost unmatched.
According to Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen, the team will have to mix it up a bit:
“I think you definitely don't want to have your back turned all the time in man [coverage] but having the zone eyes [too],” Cullen said this week.
“Minnesota last week, you had some zone eyes and [they] broke on the ball and had two big interceptions, as you know, one for a touchdown. So that’s the big thing, when we have the opportunities, we have to make sure we cash in.”
The Jaguars entered today with some questions within its secondary. Both starting CB CJ Henderson and backup Tre Herndon entered the week questionable and were officially declared inactive today against the Cardinals.
Starting defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris will also be inactive today.
#Jaguars inactives includes starting CB CJ Henderson.— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) September 26, 2021
23 CB CJ Henderson
37 CB Tre Herndon
92 DE/OLB Jordan Smith
95 DL Roy Robertson-Harris
97 DT Jay Tufele