O-Zone Late Night: Jaguars 27, Bengals 17

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Jaguars won one they needed Sunday.

It was one they really, really needed.

A 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium wasn’t always pretty. The Jaguars failed to take advantage of multiple opportunities early, and had they been playing a better team than the struggling Bengals the outcome would well have been different.

But it wasn’t different. The Jaguars forced four takeaways, the defense scored its first touchdown of the season and quarterback Gardner Minshew II led a clutch fourth-quarter drive that showed some gutsiness and savvy. That’s good stuff.

Most importantly, the Jaguars won and now have a chance to get to .500 with a victory over the New York Jets next Sunday. Considering the weirdness of the first seven weeks, the Jaguars will take that. They’re still in it and that’s what matters most.

Let’s get to it …

Bill from Hawthorn Woods, IL

What a flurry of turnovers. That sure helps. Nice to see that.

The Jaguars had forced two takeaways entering Sunday’s game. They forced four on Sunday. Most NFL teams thrive on takeaways, but this one really does. It’s hard to imagine the Jaguars being dominant without forcing a lot of takeaways. They weren’t dominant Sunday, but they got a huge victory and it felt like they may have squeezed some momentum out of a tricky situation. We’ll see.

Aqeel from Toronto, Canada

Happy for the team, city and fans. They needed after the past month and especially the past week. Really happy for the guys on defense. Hopefully they can keep it going and make this a turning point in the season.

Stay tuned.

Jeremy from Jacksonville

Dear Mr. O, so we trade away our best defensive back and then record three picks the first game in his absence, one of which was a Pick 6. I know cornerback Jalen Ramsey did not play the last three games, but still ... Now, add to that the fumble recovery and I guess it is true what they say, turnovers do come in bunches.

Head Coach Doug Marrone said after the game he usually considered the turnovers-in-bunches thing “BS.” It wasn’t BS Sunday. As for trading Ramsey then getting three interceptions … well, irony can be pretty ironic.

Dan from Las Vegas, NV

This is torture, how bad this team is.

No. Torture in the NFL is 0-7. Struggling to be 3-4 is NFL average, which defines the Jaguars so far this season.

Mark from Crescent Beach, FL

Was this a good example of a team playing down to its competition or has all the Ramsey saga sapped this team of its’ energy?

Sunday was an example of the Jaguars failing to convert touchdowns twice from inside the five-yard line early and therefore failing to have a big lead in a game they dominated early. Playing down to competition, energy or Ramsey had nothing to do with it.

Bill from Hawthorn Woods, IL

I truly do appreciate the aggressiveness of going for it on 4th and goal. I understood the call in Houston. At some point, however, good execution is required or a new plan is needed.

This was the much-anticipated, oft-ballyhooed, sometimes-dreaded First Email of the Game. It came shortly after running back Leonard Fournette was stopped for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on the Jaguars’ first drive. This was different situation than going for two to win the game in Houston, but it did show aggressiveness. I had no problem with the call, though. The Jaguars are supposed to be able to score from the one-yard line – and if they don’t, they’re supposed to be able to hold the Bengals and get good field position. They did hold the Bengals on the ensuing drive, but a penalty cost them the field position. But do the Jaguars need better execution in that situation? Sure.

Wade from the Westside

Tell me again how it is never the coaching.

Tell me again how it always is.

JT from Fort Worth, TX

Our offensive line is not good John. This is bad, real bad.

It was inconsistent more than it was bad Sunday, but when it was at its worst it sure did look bad. Or something like that.

John from Brentwood, UK

Please can we get some players who can understand that these moronic penalties are crippling any momentum, or chance of pressure, that we get?

Fair question.

David from Maplewood, NJ

John, Curious if the interview former Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey gave to ESPN has caused you to reconsider your evaluation of what transpired.

Not in the slightest.

Jerell from Columbia, SC

Jags are a bad team. Soon the front office will be gone and the rebuild can happen again.

Ladies and gentlemen … Jerell!

Jerell from Columbia, SC

Jalen who!!! JAGS TO THE SUPER BOWL! I never doubted!

Ladies and gentlemen … Jerell!

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