JACKSONVILLE – A day after, senior writer John Oehser examines the Jaguars' 30-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in a 2021 Week 11 game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Sunday
1. Momentum has waned … The Jaguars, after two victories in three games around an October 24 bye, now have lost two consecutive games. "I was extremely disappointed with everything about today, but you keep going and keep working," Head Coach Urban Meyer said Sunday. "There are times we played excellent football. Today wasn't one of those days."
2. … and slow starts are part of the reason. The Jaguars have trailed 17-0 each of the last two games. They rallied admirably a week ago against the Colts and had a chance to win in the final two minutes. But overcoming huge deficits is a tough path in the NFL, and there was no rally Sunday.
3. The offensive struggles are really, really real. The Jaguars have scored 43 points in four games, with two meaningful touchdowns in that span. They had just 200 total yards Sunday and haven't scored a touchdown trailing by fewer than 10 points in the last four games.
4. Time of possession matters. This isn't always the case, but it was Sunday. The 49ers' 20-play drive on the game's first possession used 13:05 and they finished with a 38:22-21:38 advantage. "We couldn't get off the field on our first drive," Meyer said. "They took basically the whole first quarter." The Jaguars had just seven possessions – and the way they're playing offensively, that's far from enough.
5. Meyer still believes … Meyer: "I love our quarterback (Trevor Lawrence). I love our owner (Shad Khan). I love the fact that we have a good core group of players. We've got another chance to prove to our home crowd [next Sunday] that we love them, care about them, and we're going to play hard next week against the [Atlanta] Falcons. That's the way I look at it."
6. … and he still believes in Lawrence. The No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, Lawrence completed 16 of 25 passes for 158 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions Sunday. He has thrown eight touchdown passes this season, none in the last three games. "I just love the guy," Meyer said. "How do you not? The guy, it's all good, it's all work, it's all positive. There's going to be a day when we don't get our ass kicked here. It's coming. I know that guy is going to be a part of it. I care deeply for that guy."
7. Penalties hurt. The Jaguars struggled in multiple areas Sunday, but penalties hurt. Particularly early. And particularly on defense. The Jaguars committed four defensive penalties in the first half for 31 yards, and those penalties led to 10 San Francisco points. "If we didn't have as many penalties, we would have had momentum earlier, and I feel like that could have changed the outcome of the game," Jaguars defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen said. "But the way it happened, it is what it is." Particularly key, was an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on veteran safety Rayshawn Jenkins for punching wide receiver Jauan Jennings. The penalty gave the 49ers a first down and led to their second touchdown. "That's not like him," Meyer said. "He is a captain. He's very well respected, respected by me, but we've got to get that fixed."
8. This was thorough. The Jaguars were outgained 333-200 and the 49ers had a 25-14 advantage in first downs. The 49ers led 17-0 with 8:25 remaining in the first quarter, at which time San Francisco had run 34 plays for 202 yards and the Jaguars had run four plays for 11 yards. "We got our butt kicked," Lawrence said. "It didn't look good all the way around."
9. The pass rush is still improved … It's difficult to get sacks trailing by double digits because teams don't have to throw much – and when they do, they're throwing in a way to reduce sacks. Still, the Jaguars registered two sacks Sunday – one on a blitz by linebacker Damien Wilson and another by defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris.
10. … and the takeaways are not. The Jaguars registered no takeaways Sunday and have five for the season. They have seven games this season with no takeaways and the five ranks them last in the NFL.
11. The receivers continue to struggle. Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. led the Jaguars with 52 yards receiving on four receptions and Laviska Shenault Jr. caught five passes for 50 yards. Jones' yards Sunday was the highest total for a Jaguars receiver in the four games since the bye.
12. Injuries remain an issue. The Jaguars' offense already is feeling the effects of the loss of wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. and running back/receiver Travis Etienne Jr. Wide receiver Jamal Agnew, who has the Jaguars' three longest plays of the season, sustained a hip injury Sunday. "Devastating," Meyer called Agnew's injury. "That's a hit square in the jaw."
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