Pederson not sure Jags are ‘cockroaches’ but ‘still fighting’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Doug Pederson cringed and shook his head when told the safety Rayshawn Jenkins He described this team as “a bunch of cockroaches” after the team won 31-30. Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night in a playoff game at TIAA Bank Field.
But Pederson also reluctantly admitted that Jenkins is correct.
“I mean, cockroaches are disgusting,” she laughed. “Maybe we are. I don’t know. I’d probably use a different analogy there.”
Language aside, it’s hard to argue with Jenkins’ colorful description of Jaguar over the past 2 1/2 months.
Saturday’s victory was the fifth time the Jaguars have combined to win since the start of November, and it was certainly their most impressive. They trailed the Chargers 27-0 after five first-half turnovers — including four interceptions in the quarter. Trevor Lawrence — before getting five straight possessions and winning Riley Patterson‘s 36-yard field goal as time expired.
The Jaguars also overcame a 17-point deficit Las Vegas Raiders and Dallas Cowboysnine point fourth quarter lead Baltimore Ravens and a six-point fourth-quarter lead over Tennessee. That 20-16 victory over the Titans came two weeks ago and clinched the AFC South title and put the Jaguars in the playoffs.
It’s a stark contrast to how the Jaguars played in the first half of the season. They were 2-6 and each loss was by one point. An eight-point lead in the fourth quarter was blown away Washington commanders and a 14-0 lead in the first half Philadelphia Eagles.
The Jaguars opened the season on Nov. 6 against the Raiders, going 17-0 thanks to nine catches for 146 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Danvante Adams. The Jaguars outshot the Raiders 27-3 — in part by holding Adams to one catch for zero yards — and won 27-20.
After the loss and bye in Kansas City, the Jaguars trailed the Ravens 19-10 with 13 minutes to play. The Jaguars eventually won on Lawrence’s 10-yard touchdown pass Marvin Jones Jr. and switch to 2-point conversion Zay Jones with 14 seconds to play.
The Jaguars trailed the Cowboys 27-10 with five minutes left in the third quarter and it looked like the comeback wasn’t going to happen when Lawrence threw the ball with 1:28 to play. The Jaguars defense forced a three-and-out and Lawrence led a 41-yard drive that ended with Patterson’s 48-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime.
The Jaguars won the game on Jenkins’ 52-yard punt return for a touchdown.
In a Week 18 win-win-AFC South matchup with the Titans, the Jaguars trailed 16-10 late in the third quarter, but Tyson Campbell to apprehend Joshua Dobbs pass led to a field goal early in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars won the game when Jenkins hit Dobbs on a snap and the linebacker missed. Josh Allen He returned it 37 yards for a touchdown with 2:51 to play.
Then there was the rally last Saturday, the third largest comeback in NFL playoff history.
“One thing you know is our team is going to fight,” Pederson said. “They’re going to keep fighting and clawing and clawing and we’re going to give ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter.
“And I hope it is [Jenkins] It means we’re cockroaches.”
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