Postgame review: Jaguars lose 19th straight to Bengals on last-second Evan McPherson kick

Florida Times-Union

The Jacksonville Jaguars attempt to halt their 18-game losing streak, among the longest losing skids in NFL history, at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. NFL Network will broadcast the game nationwide.

The game matches two No. 1 overall draft selections at quarterback in Jaguars rookie Trevor Lawrence from Clemson and Bengals second-year QB Joe Burrow from LSU. The quarterbacks previously met in the NCAA national championship game for the 2019 season, when Burrow passed for 463 yards to lead LSU past Clemson 42-25.

Since the AFL-NFL merger, only the 1976-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2007-09 Detroit Lions have lost more games in a row than the Jaguars.

Bad memories:Jaguars' defense determined to avoid a repeat of Joe Mixon's steamrolling

Latest draft mistake:Gene Frenette: CJ Henderson trade cut Jaguars' losses, adds to miserable NFL Draft history

Betting odds:What's the latest line, over-under for Jaguars vs. Bengals?

Running hard:Jaguars' Jamal Agnew named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month

Follow along below for the latest updates from Cincinnati:

Jaguars Report Card: Gene Frenette grades Jacksonville against the Cincinnati Bengals

Times-Union sports columnist Gene Frenette grades the Jaguars’ performance against the Cincinnati Bengals based on execution, effort and game circumstances.  |  Read more --Gene Frenette

Jaguars defense needed a stop in the second half. Just one. It didn't happen

The Jaguars' defense pitched a shutout in the first half on Thursday at Cincinnati. 

Then it couldn’t get a stop in the second half when one – just one, a punt, a turnover, anything – would have likely resulted in a victory or at least overtime.  |  Read more --Garry Smits

Quick takeaways from Jaguars' loss to Bengals 

Just after Trevor Lawrence ran off tackle to score on a 7-yard run for his first rushing touchdown, Coach Urban Meyer pumped his fist and flashed a brief smile.

At that point, the Jaguars were in control. They had forced the jubilant Cincinnati Bengals crowd to silence. The Jaguars were up 14-0 and all was needed was to keep pushing, taking advantage of their run game and aggressive offensive line.

But there was no celebration in the end, only another gut-wrenching loss.   |  Read more --John Reid

FINAL: Evan McPherson boots game-winner: Bengals 24, Jaguars 21

For the Jaguars: Ouch.

Joe Burrow did the job once more: A key pass to C.J. Uzomah broke down the Jacksonville defense when it mattered most, and former University of Florida kicker Evan McPherson booted the game-winner from 36 yards as time expired.

The losing streak is 19 games for the Jaguars.

11:14 p.m. |  TWO-MINUTE WARNING

Joe Burrow keeps this drive going. The Bengals have just crossed midfield. They only need a few more yards to set up former Gators kicker Evan McPherson, who has already missed once, for a possible game-winning kick to down the Jaguars.

11:10 p.m. |  Bengals driving late in fourth

It's tension time. The Jaguars couldn't keep their drive going, and now Joe Burrow and the Bengals are going back to work late in the fourth quarter of a tied ballgame.

Touchdown Bengals: Joe Burrow, C.J. Uzomah respond quickly

Cincinnati strikes back in a hurry. Another composed drive by second-year quarterback Joe Burrow, and another touchdown strike to C.J. Uzomah, who wards off Jacksonville defenders to find the end zone again. Lead vanished, once more.

Bengals 21, Jaguars 21, 8:59 4th.

Touchdown Jaguars: James Robinson back into the end zone

That's the kind of response the Jaguars needed. Trevor Lawrence led the march back up the field, and James Robinson finished it off with a 4-yard dive into the end zone. Officials initially (and wrongly) ruled the second-year back down short of the line, but Urban Meyer hurled the red challenge flag, and upon further review, the verdict was clear: touchdown.

Jaguars 21, Bengals 14, 14:27 4th.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Cincinnati 14, Jacksonville 14

That's the end of the third quarter. The Jaguars' lead evaporated, but they're driving once more as the third quarter turns into the fourth.

10:20 p.m. |  Touchdown Bengals: Joe Mixon ties it up

Jacksonville's lead is gone.

Joe Burrow conducted another too-easy drive up the field against that Jacksonville defense, including handoffs to Joe Mixon and a key pass to slot receiver Tyler Boyd. The former LSU quarterback appeared to cap the march with a 1-yard sneak, but it was overturned on a replay review. One play later, though, Mixon dived right down the middle for the score. The Jaguars' 14-0 edge is no more.

Cincinnati 14, Jacksonville 14, 5:10 3rd.

10:04 p.m. |   INSIDE LOOK: Jaguars' 12-play TD drive

Here's an in-depth look at the 12-play touchdown drive that put the Jaguars in front early. It's the kind of possession that Jags fans hope they'll be watching for a long time to come. |  Read more --USA Today Network

10:01 p.m. |  Touchdown Bengals: Joe Burrow strikes back at once

This one isn't over, not even close. Joe Burrow led a drive that looked pretty easy to open the second half, going deep to Ja'Marr Chase behind rookie Tyson Campbell to surge into Jacksonville territory. From there, Burrow passed to C.J. Uzomah, who dodged tacklers for a 22-yard score.

Jaguars 14, Bengals 7, 13:12 3rd.

SECOND-HALF KICKOFF

Cincinnati will receive the second-half kick. The Jaguars lead 14-0, aiming to halt their 18-game losing streak and 30 minutes of football away from their goal.

HALFTIME: Jacksonville 14, Cincinnati 0

That's halftime, and it's very likely the best half to date for Trevor Lawrence at the helm of the Jacksonville offense.

9:38 p.m. |  Bengals stuff Trevor Lawrence at 1

That drive looked like a TD waiting to happen, but Cincinnati stuffed Trevor Lawrence's fourth-down try from 1 yard out. Lawrence set that up in style, too, with a 52-yard strike down the sideline to Laviska Shenault to advance the ball inside the Cincinnati 10. So still 14-0 for now. That stop will be remembered if the Bengals come back to win this one.

9:22 p.m. |  Touchdown Trevor: Trevor Lawrence finds the end zone on rush

Is this the week that the 18-game losing streak ends? Maybe. After another excellent drive, including passes to all three active tight ends and a 20-yard James Robinson rush, Trevor Lawrence finishes off the drive himself with a 6-yard dash to the end zone.

Jaguars 14, Bengals 0, 4:45 2nd. 

9:20 p.m. |  Who is Dan Arnold? Learn more about Jaguars tight end acquired this week in CJ Henderson trade

Dan Arnold has been catching a few passes out there from Trevor Lawrence in his first half with the Jaguars. Find out more about the tight end who arrived from the Carolina Panthers in this week's trade for first-rounder CJ Henderson. |  Read more --John Reid

9:15 p.m. |  Jaguars guard A.J. Cann injured in line pileup

It's a solid start for the Jaguars in this one, but the injuries are piling up. The Jaguars have already lost D.J. Chark with a first-quarter injury — NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported it's believed to be an ankle fracture — and guard A.J. Cann is the latest to leave the action.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Jacksonville 7, Cincinnati 0

That's the end of a very good opening quarter for the Jaguars. The one negative: that injury to receiver DJ Chark.

8:50 p.m. Touchdown Jaguars! James Robinson with the score

Now that was a nice drive, one with a lot of good plays: a first-down run from Jamal Agnew, a scramble from Trevor Lawrence to move the chains, a short throw to newly-acquired tight end Dan Arnold. To finish it off, James Robinson followed the blocking on the left side for a 6-yard score. Excellent run blocking on that drive from the offensive front.

Jaguars 7, Bengals 0, 1:28 1st.

8:40 p.m. |  DJ Chark questionable after being carted off with injury

Ouch. That was a nasty collision involving DJ Chark. For now, the wide receiver is classified as questionable rather than out.  |  Read more --Dan Rorabaugh

8:26 p.m. |  Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark injured

Uh-oh. One of the last things the Jaguars wanted to see on their opening possession: Wide receiver DJ Chark got his leg rolled up while blocking. His leg bent badly underneath him in the pile.

The Jaguars' receiver got carted off the field, and Trevor Lawrence is now working without one of his most experienced receivers.

8:20 p.m. |  Jaguars, Bengals ready for kickoff

It's kickoff time in Cincinnati. The Jaguars are going to receive. Is this going to be win No. 1 for Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer?

8 p.m. |  Trevor Lawrence getting ready for action

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass before the NFL football game  between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. [Albert Cesare/Cincinnati Enquirer]

The quarterback is in the house. Jaguars rookie Trevor Lawrence is minutes away from his fourth game, lining up against the Bengals in Cincinnati. (Photo credit: Albert Cesare/Cincinnati Enquirer)

7:55 p.m. |  Defense determined to avoid a repeat of Joe Mixon's steamrolling

Don’t let a defensive football player ever kid you.  Losing by any means isn’t fun. But losing when a team lines up and runs right over you?  |  Read more  --Garry Smits

7:45 p.m. |  Jaguars hoping for better offensive effort against Bengals, probably without trick plays

Three days ago, Jaguars starting left guard Andrew Norwell looked confused on the field. Instead of making a push to stay in front of Arizona defensive lineman J.J. Watt, Norwell stepped back and intentionally spun like a dancer. By the time Norwell attempted to block Watt, it was too late.  |  Read more --John Reid

7:30 p.m. | Facts, figures, series history and more for Jaguars-Bengals

See facts, figures and more ahead of Thursday night's Jaguars-Bengals game, including a look at the series history and an examination of how Trevor Lawrence stacks up against other rookie QBs in 2021. |  Read more --The Times-Union

7:20 p.m. | How to watch tonight's Jaguars-Bengals game

Thursday Night Football means an adjustment to the usual NFL viewing routine for Jaguars fans. Here's how to watch tonight's game in Cincinnati.  |  Read more --The Times-Union

 7:05 p.m. |  Carlos Hyde among Jaguars' inactives

Well, this wasn't expected. Carlos Hyde, not among the Jaguars' listed injuries this week, is inactive for tonight's game against the Bengals. That's a return to Ohio for Hyde, who played college football at Ohio State. The news likely means a busy evening in store for James Robinson.

7 p.m. | Week 4 staff predictions: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Here's what Times-Union writers are expecting for Thursday night's game in Cincinnati.  |  Read more  --The Times-Union

6:45 p.m. |  Jaguars return specialist Jamal Agnew looks to be their most electrifying player

The most electrifying player in last week's Jaguars-Cardinals game wasn't Trevor Lawrence, James Robinson, Kyler Murray or DeAndre Hopkins. |  Read more  --John Reid

6:30 p.m. | Jaguars vs. Bengals: Keys to victory

THE JAGUARS WILL WIN IF …  The defense keeps Joe Mixon from dominating the way he did in last year's 33-25 Bengals victory.   |  Read more --Garry Smits

6:15 p.m. | Gene Frenette: Jaguars fans shouldn't panic over slow start if Trevor Lawrence is healthy

Even at 0-3, you don’t feel that sky-is-falling public sentiment, at least not yet, because the quarterback with the unflappable demeanor and unmistakable hair has a way of calming turbulent waters.  |  Read more --Gene Frenette

6 p.m. | Matthew Wright to start at kicker in place of Josh Lambo

Josh Lambo has gotten off to a rough start this season and missed practice this week for personal reasons. The Jaguars signed former UCF and Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Matthew Wright on Monday, and he will be kicking for the Jags tonight.