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First Take: Jacksonville Jaguars Falter in Home Opener Against Denver, 23-13

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JACKSONVILLE (SportsTicker) – Jaguars’ rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence was looking for his first NFL win Sunday before 58,461 at TIAA Bank Field. 

He will have to wait one more week. Denver (2-0) came to town and delivered a 23-13 win over Jacksonville (0-2). 

“The great positive is I saw the energy on the sideline,” said Jacksonville head coach Urban Meyer. “The challenge I have for our team is to have as good a locker room as there is in the NFL. That means guys that care about each other, guys fighting for each other, guys pulling for each other. 

Lawrence finished 14-of-33 for 118 yards and one TD. Von Miller added his third sack of the season against the Jaguars. 

One of the bright spots for the Jaguars was a 102-yard kickoff return by Jamal Agnew with 5:26 to play. 

Jacksonville couldn’t covert on a two-point conversion. The onside kick attempt failed sealing the win for the Broncos. 

The visitors opened the second half with a quick four-play drive to take a 17-7 lead. 

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw his second TD of the game. This one for 14-yards to tight end Noah Fant. Courtland Sutton hauled in a 55-yard catch in the drive, the longest play in the game. 

Sutton surpassed his previous single-game career-high on the first drive of the third quarter, and he wound up with nine catches for 159 yards. Bridgewater was 5-of-6 for 86 yards. 

Lawrence’s fourth interception of the season gave Denver the ball at midfield toward the end of the third quarter. Denver had to settle for three points and a 20-7 lead on a Brandon McManus 26-yard field goal. 

Lawrence’s quest began on a positive note. He drove Jacksonville down the field on the opening drive. Marvin Jones caught a 25-yard TD pass to cap an 11-play, 83-yard drive. Jones caught six passes for 55 yards. 

Over the Jaguars’ next seven drives, though, Lawrence threw for just 26 yards as the Jacksonville offense became stagnant. And predictable. 

That was all the offense the Jaguars could muster in the first half. Kicker Josh Lambo did miss two field goals. 

Jaguars running back James Robinson recorded 64 scrimmage yards, 47 rushing and 17 receiving. 

Bridgewater and the Broncos pulled close with a McManus field goal. They took the lead going into intermission when Bridgewater found Tim Patrick in the end zone for a 12-yard TD. 

McManus closed out the scoring with a 40-yard field goal with 5:42 to play. 

The Jaguars defense held the Broncos to 2-of-11 on third down (18.2 percent), marking the lowest third down percentage the defense has posted since 2017. 

Jacksonville safety Andrew Wingard tallied a team-high eight tackles, including his second career sack. Josh Allen posted the 15th sack of his career. The Jaguars have yet to force a turnover in three preseason games and two regular-season games. 

It was the Jaguars 17th consecutive loss, a streak that includes 15 consecutive losses to end last season. Jacksonville is now 13-14 in franchise history in home openers 

Roster/Injury Update: Tight end James O’Shaughnessy sustained a high-ankle sprain Sunday. He is expected to miss a few games. CJ Henderson sustained a mild groin injury. Laviska Shenault (shoulder) and guard A.J. Cann (hamstring) should practice and play this week. 

Tracking Lawrence: Lawrence became the first player in franchise history to throw at least four TDs in their first two career starts. Through two games, Lawrence is 42-of-84 passing for 450 yards and four TDs. 

Up Next: The Jaguars host Arizona Sunday at 1 p.m. Cardinals (2-0) seek a third straight win to start the season. The Cardinals outlasted the Minnesota Vikings 34-33 last Sunday. QB Kyler Murray has seven passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns so far this season. 

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