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O-Zone Late Night: Eagles 24, Jaguars 18

LONDON – They scored in the first half. The defense got turnovers.

Those were two things the Jaguars hadn’t done in a while. Both happened Sunday, but the end result was all-too familiar – and the Jaguars lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-18 at Wembley Stadium.

Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo’s two first-half field goals marked the Jaguars’ first first-half points since a Week 4 victory over the New York Jets and the defense’s two first-quarter takeaways were their first in three games.

A struggling, injured offense played one of its best halves in recent memory in the second half, but the defense allowed two second-half touchdowns and couldn’t get the Eagles stopped in the game’s biggest moments.

It was the Jaguars’ fourth consecutive loss after a 3-1 start, and when you go oh-for-October to put your season in serious jeopardy there’s not much positive and a whole lot negative.

It’s not the situation the Jaguars expected at the bye, but that’s reality. Sigh.

Let’s get to it …

Jeremy from Omaha, NE

No other quarterback in the NFL could make this offense more successful. Blake Bortles is not the problem on the offensive side of the ball.

It’s a struggle. It wasn’t as much of a struggle Sunday in the second half as it had been lately, but overall – yeah, it has been a struggle.

Nicholas from Fort Hood, TX

Wow: That Lambo kid might have become a fan favorite in a year where so much has gone wrong. Congratulations Mr. Lambo on setting a personal best and a team record for consecutive field goals. LTWD

Lambo on Sunday set the Jaguars’ franchise record when he made his 21st consecutive field goal. He extended it twice more. He tied the record held by Josh Scobee and Mike Hollis with a 51-yard field goal and broke it with a 57-yard field goal. Impressive stuff.

Ron from Fremont, OH

If the Jaguars play better when leading the game, wouldn't it make sense to take the ball first instead of defer to the second half?

Not if you don’t score on your first drive of the game.

Hill from Denver, CO

Zone, we can’t say the defense has played well anymore. Not after these last two weeks’ inability to get off the field on third and long. Defenses that only play well for two downs cannot be characterized as playing well.

The defense didn’t play well enough Sunday. That was particularly true in the second half. They know it. They were angry about it afterward. Now, they must do something to fix it.

Wade from the Westside

It feels like cruel and unusual punishment to watch the offense.

Not in the second half, it didn’t.

Jerell from Columbia, SC

Keelan Cole a bum. Why can’t the second-round pick D.J. Chark get run?

Cole has lost two fumbles and dropped at least two key passes in the last three games. If that doesn’t stop, I imagine Chark will get some run at Cole’s expense soon.

Figgymoto from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

I find it odd that the greatest defense in the history of the universe can't stop a third and forever – any pass or any run.

The Jaguars’ defense isn’t the greatest defense in the history of the universe – assuming that’s the defense to which you’re referring.

Dave from Dallas, TX

Hey Mr. O: Seriously?? An unpaid £50k bar bill in the early hours of Saturday? Four players detained, tho’ later released. Jags performance may be driving me to drink, but it’s wrong for players 48 hours before the game! Can’t imagine Coach Marrone is happy.

We won’t make the next few O-Zones all about this, but you’re referencing four Jaguars players – safety Barry Church, cornerback D.J. Hayden, safety Ronnie Harrison and safety Jarrod Wilson – reportedly being involved in an incident regarding a dispute over a bill Friday night/Saturday evening in London. There’s nothing inherently wrong with NFL players going out on a Friday evening before a Sunday game; it is in fact common. But it’s obviously the height of bad form/judgment to be involved in such a situation on a team road trip. People make mistakes. Goodness knows, I’ve made a lot of them. But the timing and perception of this one hardly could have been worse. And no … no one around the Jaguars – Head Coach Doug Marrone very much included – is happy about the situation.

Pete from Jacksonville Beach, FL

Well, a new low! Four dudes, with the season in the balance, go clubbing to four a.m.! Seriously! Something is very wrong within the team!

There again nothing technically wrong with players going out on a Friday night, but beyond that … yeah, this was a horrendously bad look. I didn’t feel good about this team’s chances Sunday before news broke of the Friday night/Saturday morning incident – and I can’t in good conscience say that the incident caused Sunday’s loss. The Jaguars after all were struggling mightily well before this week. But yeah … bad look. Really bad.

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