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📧 O-Zone Late Night: Falcons 21, Jaguars 14


JACKSONVILLE – This felt all-too familiar, as losses tend to do after a bunch in succession.

The Jaguars on Sunday lost to the Atlanta Falcons, 21-14, at TIAA Bank Field. They trailed big early, as they have done the last three games – and as they did against the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago, they rallied impressively.

But while the Jaguars cut into what was an 18-point Falcons lead early in the third quarter, they did not complete the rally. As against the Colts, they lost.

That means they have lost three consecutive games after winning two of three around a late October bye – which, of course, means any good feeling and momentum from that stretch is over.

So, yeah … Sunday felt familiar – as losses tend to do after so many losses. Sigh.

Let's get to it …

Daniel from Jersey City

O-man, this was a weird game. Great to see the team is still trying its best the entire game. Seems like a strange time for me to notice what I think was Campbell taking another step up in his career.

Jaguars rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell absolutely had the best game of his career Sunday with his first career interception and three pass breakups. He increasingly has looked significantly better in recent weeks. That was perhaps Sunday's biggest positive for the Jaguars.

Mark from Landrum, SC

I understand why teams who win the toss defer, but the Jaguars should stop doing it. They have proven they can't get a team off the field on the opening drive so why not give our offense a chance to start a game without a three- or seven-point deficit?

This was the much-ballyhooed, sometimes-forgettable, oft-anticipated First Email of the Game. It came during the Falcons' first drive – before the Jaguars forced a punt on that drive. The reason teams defer is they want the ball after halftime – and it gives them a chance to take control of the game late in the first half and early in the second. And while the Jaguars' defense has struggled on opening drives at times this season, it's currently playing better than any unit on the team. Given the choice, you would rather have the game in its hands than those of the offense right now.

Kevin from Cincinnati

Is it time to let Meyers go? What does Jacksonville need to do to start winning games?

I don't expect the Jaguars to move on from Head Coach Urban Meyer this season or this offseason. What do they need to do start winning? Get better at receiver, stop the run better than they did Sunday and play better overall. And other stuff.

Andy Boy from Halifax

Giving away a touchdown is fine if ya lose by 10-plus points but in a single score game those fourth-down penalties were killlller. How do we stop this?

Giving away touchdowns really isn't ever fine. But Meyer said Sunday it has been a discussion point among coaches. There's not an easy solution. If there were … well, you know.

GPP from Blue Ridge

No energy whatsoever on either offense or defense early part of game. The flyover brought more excitement.


Robert from Middleburg

Tell me I imagined that. Tell me Carlos Hyde was not in the game over James Robinson during that crucial, game on-the-line drive. Just unfathomable. James Robinson catches that pass and gains pretty good yardage.

You did not imagine that. Hyde was in the game at critical times over Robinson – including a red-zone drive late in the first half and what could have been the game-tying drive in the fourth quarter.

Josh from Atlanta

Jump offsides on fourth down. Microcosm of this season. Unreal.

There were many microcosms early Sunday. Jaguars defensive end Lerentee McCray jumping offsides on a second-quarter punt when the Jaguars had a chance for very good field position was among them. A later "leverage" penalty on defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris that turned a field goal into a second-quarter touchdown was among them, too. It's not unreal, though. It's what this team has been this season and what it must stop being to be good.

Randy from St. Regis Falls, NY

Do the coaches ever explain the rules of football to the players? Stuff like holding, offensive line movement, leverage, the play clock, etc?


William from Jacksonville

This is totally unacceptable. I have removed from my favorites list and doubt I will ever return.

I'm honored to have been there at all.

The Other Michael from Middleburg, FL

This team looks like the JV squad playing the varsity team … against another team that is supposed to be nearly as bad as they are. This team has become unwatchable. Again.

This was true at times Sunday. There were other times it wasn't as true – such as late in the first half when the Jaguars seemed to gain a foothold and start getting back into a game that they had given away early with mistakes. And a lot of the second half. But it was true too often and the Jaguars lost for a ninth time in 11 games Sunday … so yeah.