February 7, 2023

Trevor Lawrence jumped for a touchdown and the Jacksonville Jaguars continued their path to the playoffs with their third straight win, 19-3 over an embarrassed Zach Wilson and the New York Jets on a rainy, windy Thursday night.

The second game between last year’s top two draft picks—Lawrence at No. 1 and Wilson No. 2—didn’t even come close.

Lawrence finished 20 of 31 for 229 yards and ran for 51 yards and the score on seven carries for the Jaguars (7-8), who entered the AFC South within half a game of Tennessee’s slip. Jacksonville would go on to win the division title with wins in the last two games – including the season finale against the Titans.

As Lawrence sliced ​​through the Jets’ usually strong defense, Wilson got nothing going and was regularly booed—all the way to the bench. Chris Streveler, who had been cut from the practice squad before the game, replaced Wilson late in the third quarter.

Wilson went 9 of 18 for 82 yards with an interception and a dismal 41.9 rating for the Jets (7-8), whose playoff hopes took a devastating blow with their fourth straight loss. That is the worst slip under sophomore coach Robert Saleh.

And it came in their regular-season home finale — in front of a nationally televised audience.

Wilson, returning from a three-game benching last Sunday in place of an injured Mike White, was unable to make any plays and his offensive line offered him little protection.

‘Yes that is it [tough]Wilson said when asked about the jeers. “I don’t blame them. We have a passionate fan base and they are here to watch us score touchdowns. We don’t score touchdowns, we don’t get first downs, we don’t move the ball and of course we can’t throw the ball. Of course they will get frustrated.”

Things actually started promisingly for the Jets when Quinnen Williams sacked Lawrence on the Jaguars’ third play from scrimmage. Carl Lawson recovered to put New York on Jacksonville’s 16. It was Williams’ career-high 12th dismissal and Lawrence’s eighth lost fumble, tops in the NFL.

But the Jets couldn’t get into the end zone and settled for a 37-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein after Andre fired Cisco Wilson on a third-place safety blitz.

Riley Patterson kicked a 32-yarder to tie it on Jacksonville’s second possession.

Lawrence jumped the stack for a one-yard go-ahead touchdown early in the second quarter, completing an impressive 16-play, 96-yard drive. The Jaguars were only a third behind on the drive – to Lawrence’s score. It was Jacksonville’s first scoring drive of 95 yards or more since 2018.

Patterson’s 45-year-old with 2:55 left before halftime extended the Jaguars lead to 13–3.

The Jets only had 66 yards of offense in the first half and three first downs. As the boos rained down throughout the first half, the poncho-clad crowd really let New York – and Wilson – have it when he was intercepted by Devin Lloyd on a Hail Mary just before half time.

After Patterson added a 41-year-old midway through the third quarter, Wilson was again booed when he ran onto the field with the offense. But then the Jets put Streveler at quarterback instead — and the fans went wild. And New York’s offense finally found a short-lived spark.

There was cheering after his 30-yard duck of a pitch that caught CJ Uzomah for a first down. The crowd loved Streveler’s consecutive runs of 14, 10 and 8 yards before being stopped for a two-yard loss. On fourth and fourth, Streveler completed a four-yard pass to Garrett Wilson and he led the Jets to the Jaguars 13.

But the drive stalled when his throw sailed to Wilson wide of the receiver and flipped the ball on downs.

Streveler, who went 10-of-15 for 90 yards, became a fan favorite over the summer as he led the Jets to three fourth-quarter comeback wins in the preseason. He also helped lead the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a Gray Cup victory during the 2019 season, but was unable to pull off a win for the Jets in this one.

Instead, Lawrence – who lost 26-21 to Wilson and the Jets last season – and the Jaguars remained in control.

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