Florida’s Jacksonville — The game saw quarterback Trevor Lawrence depart the game in the fourth quarter due to a right ankle injury, and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost 34–31 to the Cincinnati Bengals on “Monday Night Football”.
Instead of the injured Joe Burrow, backup quarterback for the Bengals, Jake Browning, gave Jacksonville his best Joe Burrow imitation, helping Cincinnati take a 21-14 lead late in the third quarter. However, the Jags quickly regained the lead with two touchdowns, the second of which was made possible by Josh Allen intercepting a Tyler Boyd throw.
After Lawrence fell and was carted to the locker room, Browning responded with a brief touchdown to tie the game at 28-28. He then led a late field goal drive one possession later. After a field goal drive of his own by Jaguars backup C.J. Beathard, the game went into overtime, where Bengals kicker Evan McPherson won it with a 48-yard field goal.
With the setback, Jacksonville’s record dips to 8-4, while the Bengals’ record rises to 6-6 — and 1-0 since Burrow’s season-ending right wrist injury.
With the Bengals’ backup quarterback making his second career start in a primetime game against an AFC division leader, the team will have hope that it can still contend for a postseason spot.
With 354 yards and two touchdowns (one passing, one running), Browning completed 32 of his 37 passes. It was his wide receivers who dropped two of those incompletions. Cincinnati has a chance to make the playoffs for the third consecutive year if it can duplicate this kind of performance. The only other team that Cincinnati still has to play with a healthy starting quarterback is the Kansas City Chiefs.
Audacious forecast: Chase Brown, a rookie running back, will receive more touches during the remainder of the year. Prior to placing the fifth-round selection on injured reserve due to a hamstring issue, Cincinnati wanted to observe how the player would perform in the ground game. In his second return, Brown was called upon early and frequently. He also shown his potential as the big-play running back Cincinnati has been lacking for the past several seasons. The team’s longest play from scrimmage this season came via Brown’s 31-yard rush in the third quarter. In contrast, Joe Mixon gained 35 yards on his first ten carries. The Bengals may get a closer look at whether Brown can start for the long run in the last five games of the regular season.
astonishing Next Gen Stat: According to NFL Next Gen, which ranked 12th out of 386 quarterbacks through the first three-quarters of a game this season, Browning’s completion percentage beyond expectation in the first three quarters was a startling 16.3%. And that quantity wasn’t only the result of several short throws. NFL Next Gen reports that five of his first 20 completions went for ten or more air yards.
The Jaguars may have lost even more when Lawrence sprained his right ankle late in the fourth quarter. The team fell to Cincinnati in overtime.
Lawrence suffered harm with a left tackle. Lawrence’s right ankle was trodden on when Walker Little was shoved back. He fell to the ground, seemingly catching his leg, and he needed help getting to the locker room.
Beathard, who hasn’t started a game since Week 16 of 2021 with the San Francisco 49ers, will be the team’s backup if Lawrence is out. Despite having only completed 17 passes in his two-and-a-half seasons with the Jaguars, Beathard set up the team for the game-winning field goal with 26 seconds left in regulation. The Jaguars play the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns in the upcoming two weeks.
Crucial play: On a third-and-9 play from the Cincinnati 14-yard line, rookie wide receiver Parker Washington converted an interception into a score. Dax Hill, a safety for the Bengals, caught Trevor Lawrence’s throw to Washington in the back of the end zone with both hands, but he was unable to hold onto the ball. Washington scored his first NFL touchdown after seizing the deflection. The game was knotted at 21, as opposed to the Bengals leading 21-14 and having momentum.
Part II of the pivotal play: After Washington’s touchdown grab, the Bengals’ first offensive snap was blocked by linebacker Josh Allen, who intercepted Tyler Boyd’s attempt to pass to running back Joe Mixon on a trick play. This made the play much more crucial. The Jaguars gained possession of the ball on the 9-yard line as a result, and in 2:13, they took a 28-21 lead thanks to Lawrence’s 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal.
The Jaguars, in their second career start, felt they could pressure Bengals quarterback Jake Browning, and they succeeded on a fourth-down play to thwart Cincinnati’s first drive. This was the biggest gap in the game plan. But that was pretty much all in the first part. In the first half, the Jaguars applied pressure on 14.3% of the Bengals’ dropbacks (including Ja’Marr Chase’s lone attempt), according to ESPN Stats & Information. In the first half, Browning completed 17 of 19 throws for 178 yards; by the end of the fourth quarter, he had 260 yards (with just three incomplete passes).
Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence injures ankle late in OT loss to Bengals
florida’s Jacksonville — During Monday night’s 34-31 overtime defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence sustained a right ankle injury late in the fourth quarter and did not return.
Lawrence injured his ankle, according to preliminary testing, a source informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Further testing is planned to ascertain the severity of the injuries and the potential duration of his absence.
Lawrence sustained injuries from a left tackle. When Lawrence collapsed to the ground, Walker Little looked to get entangled underneath him after being shoved backward and stepping on his ankle. Frustrated, Lawrence attempted to stand up, dropped to his knees, and slapped his helmet against the floor. He needed assistance from someone under each arm as he moved into the Jaguars’ locker room and X-ray area after receiving assistance from medical professionals on the field.
Following the game, Jaguars coach Doug Pederson had no updates on Lawrence. In the locker room, the quarterback was on crutches and was not available to the media.
Should Lawrence be out for any length of time, C.J. Beathard, the backup, would step in.
With 2:28 left in the fourth quarter, Beathard, who had only completed 17 passes in his two-plus seasons with the Jaguars, replaced Lawrence. He led the Jaguars on a drive that resulted in a game-tying field goal to force overtime, and he completed 9 of 10 throws for 63 yards.
He’s an accomplished athlete. If he proves to be the right guy, we’ll unite and behind him since he has a lot of football experience.“