Another week, another offensive struggle.
That has been the story too often for the Jaguars this season – and it was a big part of another difficult West Coast story Sunday.
With rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence struggling statistically, and with the offense fumbling early and stumbling throughout, the Jaguars trailed quickly and never recovered. The Los Angeles Rams took advantage, pulling away for a 37-7 victory at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
"I wish I had all the answers, and I'd give them to you," Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer said. "I don't know the answers other than I know this, that you're going to keep swinging and keep working together."
"Is there a confidence issue? Any time you're not successful, that's something we've got to fight through. Confidence is a result of success, and right now we're struggling with that."
Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, completed 15 of 27 passes for 136 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed six of 12 passes for 53 yards with three dropped passes in the first half.
"We just didn't play well," Lawrence said. "We're kind of saying the same thing. We have a lot more to offer than that. We have to figure it out. Obviously if we knew the answer, we would be doing it. We have to keep plugging away and go back to work this week."
The Jaguars had 197 total yards, 85 in the first half. It was their third game under 300 total yards in the last six games and they have had 218 or fewer in three of the last five games.
Lawrence has been under 240 yards passing in six consecutive games.
"We have to play better," Lawrence said. "Even if there are a couple of things we're doing well, we have to do a lot more things well to win games."
Turnovers hurt the Jaguars again Sunday, with running back James Robinson losing a fumble on the Jaguars' first possession – their second play – a turnover that led directly to the Rams' first touchdown and a 10-0 Rams lead in the game's first five minutes.
Running back Carlos Hyde lost a fumble in the third quarter and the Jaguars finished minus-two in takeaway-giveaway. They entered Sunday 31st in the NFL in takeaway-giveaway and are now minus-15 for the season.
"That was a really good team," Lawrence said. "We didn't play well. We didn't help ourselves out."
Hyde's one-yard run cut the lead to 10-7 early in the second quarter. But the Rams steadied, led by nine points at halftime and extended the lead to the final margin with touchdowns on their first three second-half drives.
"It's been tough," Jaguars defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot said. "At the end of the day we've just got to come to work. We've just got to keep doing it, keep going, keep fighting and keep trying to turn this thing around."
Rams quarterback Matt Stafford completed 26 of 38 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and wide receiver Cooper Kupp caught eight passes for 129 yards and a touchdown.
Rams running back Sony Michel rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and Los Angeles outgained the Jaguars 418-197 with a 24-14 first-down advantage.
The Jaguars registered one sack Sunday, with safety Rudy Ford and defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot sharing it in the second quarter.
The Jaguars are 3-14 all-time in games played on the West Coast.
"We have to be better," Lawrence said. "We have to keep going. We have five more games left. We can't stop here. We have to try to find a way to get better and get ready for [a road game at] Tennessee next week."
Step by step:
- The Rams took a 3-0 lead when kicker Matt Gay converted a 40-yard field goal, a play set up by a 65-yard kickoff return by Rams wide receiver Brandon Powell on the game's first play. Michel capped the ensuing possession with a five-yard run to make it 10-0 with 10:25 remaining in the first quarter; Rams and former Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned a fumble (forced by defensive tackle Aaron Donald) by Robinson eight yards to the Jaguars 27 to set up the touchdown.
- The Jaguars cut into the lead with one of their most impressive possessions of the season, using 13 plays to drive 73 yards with Lawrence converting three key first downs; that included a 4th-and-2 pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones to the Rams 30, with Hyde's one-yard run making it 10-7 with 13:23 remaining in the second quarter. Gay capped the Rams' ensuing drive with a 44-yard field goal to make it 13-7 with 7:41 remaining in the half. Los Angeles then pushed the lead to 16-7 with a 37-yard field goal by Gay with :19 remaining in the half.
- Los Angeles drove 85 yards on four plays on their first drive of the second half, extending the lead to 23-7 when Stafford passed 29 yards to Kupp. A two-yard pass from Stafford to wide receiver Van Jefferson gave the Rams a 30-7 lead with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter.
- Odell Beckham's one-yard touchdown pass from Stafford gave the Rams a 37-7 lead with 10:57 remaining in the fourth quarter.
- Notable: When the Jaguars fell behind 10-0 early in the first quarter, it marked the 10th time in 12 games they have trailed by double digits; the only games they have not trailed by at least 10 points this season were at Cincinnati (24-21 loss) and home against Buffalo (9-6 victory). … Robinson, whose game status has been a weekly issue much of the last month and a half, played and started Sunday after being questionable on Friday's final injury report of the week. The Jaguars' inactives Sunday: Cornerback Shaquill Griffin (concussion), defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, offensive lineman KC McDermott, tight end Jacob Hollister and defensive end/linebacker Jordan Smith.
- Injury report: Jaguars center Brandon Linder sustained a back injury in the third quarter. Jaguars rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell sustained an abdomen injury in the third quarter.
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