Trevor Lawrence become in a celebratory mood, decked out in an unsightly Christmas sweater at the same time as acknowledging it wasn’t precisely the prettiest overall performance he and his Jacksonville Jaguars have had at some point of their playoff surge.
It become masses suitable sufficient, although. The Jags’ 19-three victory over an embarrassed Zach Wilson and the slumping New York Jets on a rainy, windy Thursday night has them on top of things of their postseason future.
“It’s just a large win,” Lawrence said. “It suggests this group is growing. We don’t ought to have 40 factors to win. We don’t need to have these kinds of yards. Whatever it takes to win, we’re capable of do. To be capable of adjust became surely properly for us.”
Lawrence completed 20 of 31 for 229 yards and ran for 51 yards, inclusive of a leaping touchdown, on seven contains for the Jaguars (7-eight), who moved inside one-half of sport of skidding Tennessee in the AFC South. Jacksonville could win the department title with victories in its very last games — which includes the season finale in opposition to the Titans.“We recognize the undertaking in front of us,” Lawrence said. “Every sport is a should win for us. That’s how we’re treating it. We apprehend it and we love it.”
The 2nd matchup between last year’s first draft picks — Lawrence at No. 1 and Wilson No. 2 — wasn’t even near.While Lawrence sliced thru the Jets’ commonly strong protection, Wilson couldn’t get some thing going and became booed often — all of the way to the bench. Chris Streveler, multiplied from the exercise squad earlier than the game, replaced Wilson late in the 0.33 quarter.
Wilson went nine of 18 for ninety two yards with an interception and a depressing 41.9 rating for the Jets (7-8), whose playoff hopes took a devastating hit with their fourth directly loss. That’s the worst skid below 2d-12 months instruct Robert Saleh.
And it came in their normal-season home finale — in front a countrywide audience on Amazon Prime Video.
“It’s now not about playoffs proper now,” Saleh said. “It’s approximately about getting off this mat and trying to freakin’ discover a way to prepare a soccer sport.”
Wilson, who again from a three-sport benching ultimate Sunday in place of an injured Mike White, couldn’t make any plays and his offensive line gave him little safety.“I just felt like I didn’t have any rhythm out there,” Wilson stated.
Things definitely were given off to a promising start for the Jets while Quinnen Williams strip-sacked Lawrence at the Jaguars’ 1/3 play from scrimmage. Carl Lawson recovered to put New York at Jacksonville’s sixteen. It changed into Williams’ career-excessive 12th sack and Lawrence’s eighth misplaced fumble, tops in the NFL.
But the Jets couldn’t get into the end quarter and settled for a 37-yard discipline aim from Greg Zuerlein after Andre Cisco sacked Wilson on a safety blitz on third down.
Riley Patterson kicked a 32-yarder to tie it on Jacksonville’s 2nd possession.
Lawrence jumped over the pile for a 1-yard cross-in advance touchdown early within the second region to cap an outstanding sixteen-play, ninety six-backyard force. The Jaguars confronted just one third down at the force — on Lawrence’s rating. It become Jacksonville’s first scoring force of ninety five yards or greater in view that 2018.