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O-Zone Late Night, Week 16: Buccaneers 30, Jaguars 12

O-Zone Late Night - Week 16

TAMPA, Fla. – This wasn't good. At all.

The Jaguars on Sunday lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-12 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. They trailed 30-0 late in the third quarter and the game felt every bit that one-sided.

Head Coach Doug Pederson afterward bemoaned the lack of sense of urgency for a team playing for the AFC South title. Instead of an inspired effort, the Jaguars lost a fourth consecutive game and never appeared close to having a chance to win.

No, quarterback Trevor Lawrence didn't practice until Friday because of concussion protocol. No, the offense isn't playing with its full complement of receivers with Christian Kirk and Zay Jones unavailable. That perhaps explains losing Sunday. It doesn't explain a loss so one-sided and a performance so uninspiring.

The Jaguars are still in first place in the AFC South. They will still win the division if they win at home against the Carolina Panthers Sunday and on the road against the Tennessee Titans the following Sunday. Can they find a formula to do that? That's anyone's guess at this point.

Let's get to it …

Dumb Coach

Why does Trevor suck so bad? Is it the coaches or the players fault?

Lawrence struggled mightily Sunday. He threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. He has committed far too many turnovers in recent weeks, and an argument could be made his mistakes/turnovers have cost the Jaguars at least the last two games. And maybe the last three games. Lawrence was playing well until he sustained a high-ankle sprain late in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He hasn't played very well since then. I'll therefore assume a lot of what we're seeing – or at least some of it – is because he's playing through injuries. And not practicing a lot while doing so. That adds up, though it's equally true that that adding up doesn't make the last four games very enjoyable for Jaguars followers.

Jordan from Mandarin

Availability doesn't make you great, but historically the great ones seem to be available for the majority of their careers. One of the more impressive things about Trevor.


Mike from Lakeland, FL

O, I was excited to watch NFL games on non-traditional days. To my dismay I've learned I need a plethora of different subscriptions just to watch: basic cable, Amazon prime, NFL+. Things onerous and in the end, I realized I don't really care that much.


Rick from Jax

I get the feeling that the Jaguars would let Trevor play if he was puking up brain matter. His competitiveness is great, and we'd be nowhere without him, and I have no insight into his injuries, but it seems that the Jags brain trust is liberal with letting him play. He didn't report concussion symptoms till after the game and I placed the chance he wouldn't pass the protocol at zero percent. Team keeps rolling the dice it's gonna come up snake eyes some time.

This is not meant as an insult. It is, after all, Krimma. But your feelings aren't pertinent here because neither you nor most people outside the protocol have insight into Lawrence's concussion – or any other concussed NFL player in the protocol, for that matter. If a player is cleared through the protocol, he can – and usually does – play in the next game. If not, he doesn't. It's designed to keep feelings and "toughness" out of the process.

Travis from West Palm Beach

Opening Drive INT. OY VEY

This was the much-ballyhooed First Email of the Game. I sort of understood it and sort of didn't. It wasn't long after that, that I figured it didn't matter all that much either way.

Bobby From Section 410 from Summerville, SC

Hi, John. The roughing-the-passer call on Cisco in the second quarter has to be the most BS call I have seen in a while.

You're referencing a roughing-the-passer penalty on Jaguars safety Andre Cisco that turned a fourth-and-five incomplete pass by Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield into a first down at the Jaguars 19. I thought in real time it was a good call. Mayfield threw the pass and Cisco didn't appear to let up and took a step before hitting him. Others felt differently. Maybe I'll see it differently watching the replay.

Sad from Sad Town

When do you bench or cut ties with Lawrence?

You don't.

It is time from Lake Delton

Can we start saying it's the same old Jags yet?

Fans can say what they want, though it's also fair to remember that the Jaguars remain in first place in the AFC South with two regular-season games remaining. A lot of "same old Jags" teams couldn't say that.

Mike from Neptune Beach

I keep telling myself I need to not care but myself is not listening. Is there any hope?

It's difficult to talk about hope in the aftermath of a game such as Sunday's. The Jaguars remain in first place in the AFC South. Two games remain. Sure, there is hope. Let me get through Christmas before digging deep into details.

Bruce from Saint Simons Island

O, Merry Christmas.

Is it?

Sunday afternoon in Tampa, FL ☁️ Check out live action photos of the the Jaguars vs. Buccaneers game. 🏈