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Scout's Take: Bucky Brooks examines Jaguars-Eagles

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Philadelphia Eagles

October 2nd, 2022
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Philadelphia Eagles October 2nd, 2022

JACKSONVILLE – In a weekly feature for the 2022 season, NFL Media and Jaguars Media analyst Bucky Brooks breaks down the Jaguars' performance in a 29-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., Sunday


  • The matchup with the NFL's only remaining unbeaten squad was viewed as a chance for the Jaguars to see how they stack up against elite competition. After falling to the Eagles, the Jaguars not only walked out of the stadium knowing they could compete with the NFL's heavyweights, they also understand the fine line between winning and losing big games on the road. Turnovers, penalties and big plays allowed typically decide these contests – and the Jaguars fell short of the standard in each of those categories. With five turnovers, in particular, the Jaguars put themselves behind the eight ball in a game that was theirs for the taking.


  • It is all about the ball. The Jaguars repeatedly gave the ball away with weather-related fumbles that thwarted drives and handed the Eagles the ball in prime field position. The miscues and blunders overshadowed a strong performance from the Jaguars that showed the football world the team is worthy of being included in the playoff-contender discussion. While the coaching staff will harp on the team's inability to contain the running game and the critical drops in the passing game, the turnovers were the difference in this game.


  • Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence learned plenty of lessons during his 60 minutes against the Eagles. Lawrence's fumbles and spotty execution played a role in the Jaguars coming up short in a game that was under their control in the first half. While the weather certainly contributed to Lawrence's accuracy woes and ball-handling issues, the Jaguars will play future games in inclement weather and he must be able to perform in those conditions for the team to maximize its potential as a playoff contender.


  • Jamal Agnew's transition to wideout is complete after the Pro Bowl kick returner snagged a pair of touchdowns against the Eagles. The veteran stepped in for an injured Zay Jones to provide a spark for an offense that needed someone to step up with the primary playmakers (SEE: wide receivers Christian Kirk and Marvin Jones Jr., and tight end Evan Engram) suffocated by the Eagles' defense. Agnew delivered with four catches for 50 yards and two scores while emerging as an X-factor in Head Coach Doug Pederson's offense.


  • The Jaguars' offense never found its rhythm against the Eagles. A stout defensive front and sticky coverage prevented Lawrence, running backs James Robinson and Travis Etienne Jr., and the wideout crew from settling in as the team's primary playmakers. Moreover, Pederson could never identify a player with a hot hand to feature as the No. 1 option on the call sheet. While the offensive line held up for most of the day, the Eagles started to own the line of scrimmage in the second half and the constant harassment – particularly by Eagles outside linebacker Haason Reddick – disrupted the timing and rhythm of the passing game. Without a solid foundation established on the ground or through the air, the Jaguars delivered one of their worst performances of the season.


  • Defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell's troops were ready for action at the beginning of the game. The Jaguars' defense punched the Eagles in the mouth as they controlled the line of scrimmage and the vaunted running game early in the contest. However, the defense could not sustain the momentum and the Eagles eventually wore down the Jaguars with a punishing running game that appeared to get stronger by the quarter. Although the Jaguars matched the effort, toughness and physicality exhibited by the NFL's No. 1 seed, the defense's inability to control the line of scrimmage eventually enabled the Eagles to have their way in the second half.

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