JACKSONVILLE – Maybe the Mania is back.
Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II, whose early-season success sparked "Minshew Mania" both locally and nationally, turned in the best game of his brief NFL career Sunday. The result?
A 29-15 victory over the New York Jets in front of 57,833 at TIAA Bank Field.
Minshew threw three touchdown passes – two in the first quarter and another in the fourth to secure the victory – and the Jaguars' defense complemented the performance in dominant fashion with eight sacks and three key interceptions.
Minshew and the defense were both critical in the game's key sequence, with cornerback A.J. Bouye intercepting a pass from Jets quarterback Sam Darnold with the Jaguars leading by a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Bouye returned the deep pass to the Jets 24.
Minshew, who completed 22 of 34 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions Sunday, capped the short drive by scrambling on third-and-goal and completing an eight-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr.
That gave the Jaguars a 29-15 lead with 4:13 remaining.
Wide receiver Chris Conley caught four passes for a career-high 103 yards and a touchdown, and Chark caught six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 76 yards on 19 carries; he had rushed for more than 100 yards in three of his past four games.
The Jaguars are 4-4 after their second consecutive victory. The Jets are 1-6.
Jaguars defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue and Josh Allen both registered two sacks Sunday, with safety Ronnie Harrison and defensive end Dawuane Smoot both registering one. Defensive end Calais Campbell had a solo sack and shared one with defensive tackle Abry Jones early in the third quarter.
Cornerback Tre Herndon intercepted Darnold in the first quarter and fourth quarters, with the first leading to a 70-yard touchdown pass from Minshew to wide receiver Chris Conley and the second securing the victory with just under four minutes remaining.
Darnold completed 21 of 30 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. Jets running back Le'Veon Bell rushed for 23 yards on nine carries.
Step by step:
*The Jaguars took a 6-0 lead with a six-yard pass from Minshew to wide receiver Keelan Cole with 12:39 remaining in the first quarter; Fournette's 66-yard run set up the touchdown, which was the second touchdown reception for Cole in as many weeks. The Jets took a 7-6 lead on the ensuing possession when tight end Ryan Tucker turned a short pass into a 24-yard touchdown reception with 4:51 remaining in the quarter; the Jets drove 93 yards on 12 plays on the possession, with Darnold completing seven of seven passes for 88 yards. Conley's 70-yard reception on a pass from Minshew gave the Jaguars a 13-7 lead with 1:11 remaining in the quarter.
*The Jaguars pushed the lead to 16-7 with 2:57 remaining in the second quarter with a 29-yard field goal by kicker Josh Lambo, a play that capped a 17-play, 84-yard drive that consumed 8:56. The Jaguars earlier in the quarter squandered a chance to take a two-possession lead when Minshew lost a fumble that Jets linebacker Blake Cashman recovered at the Jets 37; it was the fourth lost fumble in three games for Minshew. The Jaguars pushed the lead to two touchdowns with a 43-yard field goal by Lambo with :19 remaining in the half.
*The Jaguars again controlled momentum in the third quarter, sacking Darnold three times and taking a 22-7 lead when Lambo converted from 24 yards with 2:11 remaining in the quarter.
*The Jets cut the Jaguars' lead to 22-15 with 13:07 remaining when Darnold passed three yards to Griffin and followed that with a two-point conversion pass to Griffin.
Injury report:Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee sustained a second-quarter shoulder injury and did not return. Cornerback D.J. Hayden sustained a shoulder injury in the second quarter and returned, but with a fourth-quarter shoulder injury and did not return. Wide receiver Dede Westbrook reinjured the neck/shoulder that he has played through in recent weeks and did not play after halftime; Westbrook played Sunday after being listed as questionable on the Friday injury report and after not practicing this past week. Safety Ronnie Harrison sustained a neck injury in the fourth quarter.
Notable: Fournette's 66-yard first-quarter run was his fifth run of 60 or more yards since 2017. According to ESPN, no other NFL player has more than three 60-yard runs in that span. … Fournette on Sunday joined Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (2016-18) as the only NFL players over the last five seasons to total at least 3,000 career scrimmage yards in 29 or fewer career games.. …. Lambo converted three of three field goals and now has made 23 consecutive field goals, one shy of his franchise record; Lambo is 36 of 36 field goals at TIAA Bank Field. … Jaguars players ruled inactive Sunday: Wide receiver C.J. Board, defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, running back Devine Ozigbo, linebacker Leon Jacobs (hamstring), linebacker Najee Goode (foot), linebacker Quincy Williams (hamstring) and offensive linemen Brandon Thomas. … Rookie Joe Giles-Harris started for Jacobs at strong-side linebacker after signing from the practice squad this week, and Austin Calitro started for Goode/Williams at weakside linebacker. … Taven Bryan started at defensive tackle for Marcell Dareus, who was placed on injured reserve with a core-muscle injury this past week. … Defensive tackle Akeem Spence was active after signing late in the week.
What's next: The Jaguars will play host to the Houston Texans at Wembley Stadium in London, England, Sunday at 9:30 a.m.