JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Logan from Wichita, KS
Condolences to the streak. May it never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever happen again!
The Jaguars beat the Miami Dolphins, 23-20, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Sunday – and the victory indeed ended the Jaguars' franchise-record 20-game losing streak. The Jaguars also ended what was becoming a loud conversation about their chances of reaching the 1976-1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 26-game losing streak, the longest such streak in the NFL since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger. It's a very good – and very fair – thing for this team that the streak ended when it did because this new regime led by Head Coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Trevor Lawrence really didn't "deserve" to be attached to the 15 consecutive losses that ended last season. And the reality was that was the conversation was close to becoming a deafening roar. Consider the roar doused and the conversation over. Good for the good guys. And for this guy, too.
Bobby from Section 410
Hi John, Do you think we have finally solved our kicking issue?
Jaguars kicker Matt Wright made all three field goals Sunday, most impressively converting a 54-yarder with 3:40 remaining and a 53-yarder as time expired. That's clutch stuff. It was also welcome stuff for the Jaguars because kicker Josh Lambo struggled to start the season – and because Wright missed an extra point and a 53-yard field goal off the goalposts in a loss to Tennessee last week. One concern about Wright is Sunday's field goals appeared pretty much the extent of his range; his missed 53-yarder against Tennessee hit the crossbar and Sunday's kicks weren't good by much. Lambo also was very, very good for this franchise from 2017-2020 and Meyer thus far has seemed disinclined to release him. This has been such a weird, lingering story that I hesitate to say the kicking situation is solved. But Wright certainly earned a chance to be the kicker for the short-term future.
Jim from Jagsonville
We're going to the Super Bowl! Go Jaguars!!
Jess from Glen Carbon, IL
Gotta give the coach credit for that last play call. Very gutsy call with only 5 seconds remaining. And it looks like we may have a competent kicker again. First win of the year for the team, and the first NFL win for the head coach and quarterback. Go Jags!
You're referencing Meyer changing the call from a Hail Mary from the Dolphins 44 on the second-to-last play of the game to what the Jaguars call a slider kill. The slider kill called for quarterback Trevor Lawrence to throw a quick slant to wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr, and for the Jaguars to call timeout quickly to "kill" the clock. The play was difficult to execute because the Jaguars faced fourth-and-eight and had just five seconds remaining. Both Meyer and Lawrence said they weren't sure five seconds was enough to execute the play. I don't know if the call was all that "gutsy" because the alternative – a Hail Mary – rarely works and a 61-yard field goal absolutely wasn't going to work. So, the slider kill was really the best and "safest" alternative considering the circumstance. Credit Meyer for this, though: He made the decision to try the play and put Wright in position to kick a game-winner. It was good awareness and a good call for the situation. And good for the Jaguars. The 20-game losing streak is over. Cool for the good guys.
Hot Boi from Duval
Worst call of year: passing up field goal. Best call of year: fourth-and-8. Damn I feel better.
You make a fair point. It was easy to argue that Meyer should have kicked a field goal on fourth-and-1 from the Dolphins 9 early in the fourth quarter. A field goal there would have put the Jaguars ahead, 20-13 – and seven points is an important lead in the NFL because it means the opponent must score twice (touchdown, field goal or touchdown, two-point conversion) to win and you only need a field goal to make it a two-score game. It slants the percentages decidedly in your favor. Meyer has been aggressive all season, but the old-school guy in me says take the field goal. But the aforementioned slider-kill call? Absolutely. Good call. Credit to Meyer.
Roger from Duval
Not sure I agree with Urban's decision to forego the points and immediately throw us back into desperation mode. I think "desperate" basically describes our coach's behavior all season.
This is a fair take. Equally fair is that with a young – and at times, undermanned – team, Meyer is being aggressive to do whatever he can to give that young team the best chance to win. It will be interesting to see how Meyer adjusts on this front moving forward. But it's definitely something to watch.
Josh from Atlanta, GA
By golly, they did it. Congratulations, men.
Indeed they did. Good for the good guys.
Kristopher Nelson from Neenah, WI
Is this what it feels like to have a kicker? I'm on Cloud 9 right now. This team deserved this win. LETS GOOOOO JAGS!!!
In all fairness to Lambo, he was a really good kicker from 2017-2020 – so Jaguars fans kinda know the feeling of having a kicker pretty well. But yeah … a lot of credit to Wright. His first 50-yard-plus field goal tied the game in the final four minutes and his second won the game on the final play. It's hard to imagine a more clutch performance for a kicker. Cool for Wright (and the good guys).
Jim from Middleburg, FL
Hi John, I asked you earlier this year what will happen Tyler Shatley when takes on full-time replacement duties. Who is the younger guy on the roster that shows potential and position surprise starts? Seems like all NFL teams are very shallow in depth along the O Line O-Man. Who's next man up?
KC McDermott likely will play center if Shatley and starter Brandon Linder are both unavailable.
Jeremy from Gilbert, AZ
Are there seriously players that complain that Meyer's practice schedule is too demanding? The team absolutely sucks. They need every minute of practice they can get! Where is the pride of these supposed men?
I haven't heard or sensed that practice schedule is an issue, and the Jaguars' record isn't about pride. It's about the team not being good enough and about there not being enough playmakers who make key plays at key moments on either side of the ball.
DUUUUUUUUUUUVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL from #Duvall
Our boys did it, zone!!! This win is the most emotional win we've seen in years! I'm proud of our guys and we deserve this Zone! DUUUUUUUUUVAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! I did not have to poop my pants. I REPEAT I did not poop my pants! YEEEEES!!!
At least you didn't.
Brian from Hopkinton MA
Can you walk us through the math showing how London games are such a money maker? I was surprised to see their stadium only held 62,000. I saw $100 seats available and there has to be significant travel expenses ...
Sunday was different than previous London games for the Jaguars. The Jaguars for the game against Miami were playing as a "normal" team, with the NFL running the game and teams taking home comparatively small shares of the revenue. For their other games in the International Series, the ones in Wembley Stadium from 2013-2019, the Jaguars have operated the game as a true home game – i.e., selling sponsorship, benefitting from the gate and paying their own expenses. For those games, and for theoretical future games at Wembley under similar circumstances, the revenue streams were and would be substantial for the Jaguars. For Sunday's game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it's my understanding that the revenue wasn't as substantial.
Daniel from Jersey City, NJ
Dan from Varna, Bulgaria
Hi Zone, I'm very curious how you're going to spin the decision to go for on fourth down instead of the taking the points. The team is improving, sadly the coaching doesn't.
"Spin" emails are boring and predictable. One might say I'm also boring and predictable, but one would be wrong in that case because I'm "awesome." I didn't like the decision to go for the first down and not the field goal on fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quarter. I get why Meyer did it because it probably puts the game away. I just wouldn't have done it.
Don from Fleming Island
Do the Jaguars fly direct to London from Jacksonville?
Charles from Winnersville
Turnover differential, we don't need to win any stinkin' turnover differential!
Good call. I thought the Jaguars needed to win the turnover differential to win Sunday. The Dolphins and Jaguars both had a turnover – and the Jaguars won. I was wrong, though I am still "awesome."
Adrian from Frimley
So was that the best final five seconds of a Jaguars game ever, or just the best final five seconds of a game ever?
Winning is cool. People like it.