Jacksonville Sports Day

Bonts: Win Over Raiders Nothing to Feel Giddy About

Photo by Rick Wilson/Jaguars

OAKLAND – After connecting earlier on all three of his field goal attempts, Oakland kicker Daniel Carlson missed a 46-yarder with just under 2:00 left which gave the Jaguars life and eventually a 20-16 win.

Jacksonville rookie QB Gardner Minshew found Chris Conley to give the Jaguars the four-point lead, a mark that ultimately proved to be the final score. It was the first time the Jaguars led all game.

“I told our players that it was going to be a hostile crowd and we need to use that energy to help us win. Things didn’t go really well for us. I thought defensively in the first half we were just kind of hanging on. Offensively we really couldn’t do anything until those last two drives,” said Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone.

But a season on the brink of disaster overshadows beating a bad Oakland football team.

Fans love slogans. Maybe “Finish Strong” can overtake “Duuuval.” Probably not.

The Jaguars will miss the NFL playoffs for the second season in a row after going to the AFC Championship game in 2017.

They have an expensive Super Bowl MVP QB in Nick Foles sitting on the bench.

More importantly, they have just one win against AFC South opponents this season. But can make that two in the season finale against Indianapolis. Not that it matters at this point.

But a win is a win as Jacksonville won it’s fifth game of the season against the Raiders in their final game in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas.

“You have to credit [Gardner] Minshew. He made some unbelievable plays scrambling. Kept some opportunities alive. We have to finish the deal on offense. We had a couple opportunities to do that and we failed to do so,” said Oakland head coach Jon Gruden.

Minshew completed 17 of 29 passes for 201 yards and two TDs, including the go-ahead 4-yard TD pass to Conley with 1:13 remaining.

It was the second time in Conley’s career that he caught multiple TD passes.

Leonard Fournette totaled 73 scrimmage yards, 42 rushing, 31 receiving, and has now posted a career-high for rushing yards in a single season with 1,081.

Following a seven-play, 65-yard opening drive, the Jaguars’ Josh Lambo kicked a 28-yard field goal and he added a second three-pointer with a 43-yarder in the third quarter. Lambo has now made 28 of 29 field goals this season

Oakland QB Derek Carr orchestrated a seven-play, 75-yard drive punctuated by a 40-yard touchdown to Tyrell Williams.

Williams finished with two receptions for 45 yards.

Defensively Jacksonville’s Josh Allen posted his 10the sack of the eason. Yannick Ngakoue celebrated his eighth career game with 2.0-plus sacks.

Carr ended his day completing 22-of-36 attempts for 267 yards with one TD.

“I thank the players that have put in a ton of work. The assistant coaches, they are the ones there late at night trying to devise plans to help us win. Obviously, we have been struggling. That is my fault,” added Marrone.

The win was the Jaguars’ first on the West Coast since defeating Oakland, 13-6, on Jan. 2, 2005.

Jacksonville visits Atlanta Sunday. Then closes out the season at home against the Colts.

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