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Lawrence Growth Can Lead to Playoffs

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The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off the upset on Sunday by beating the Dallas Cowboys 40-34 with a last-second interception. Ben Maller talks about how the evolution of Trevor Lawrence could spell a playoff berth for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ben Maller: “You can't come back from down that many points against the Dallas Cowboys. They got Micah Parsons. Yeah, they had Micah Parsons. He was out there. You talk about an emasculation situation for the Cowboy’s defense. Holy crap. Now, Micah Parsons had a sack, and he was a party of one. Nobody else was able to get to Trevor Lawrence. Parsons only had 1 tackle by himself in the game and a couple of quarterback hits. But Trevor Lawrence is claiming ownership here, right? And he was the antithesis of Dak Prescott early in the game. He got better as the game went on, building up to the crescendo in the second half, Lawrence was gasping for breath. He's the one that needed oxygen early in the game. In the first half of the game, he averaged less than 6 yards per pass. He was nothing spectacular. And then in the second half, the rest of the game he flourished, averaging 8.6 yards in the second half in overtime, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, and a passer rating of 115.3. Now, he did lose a fumble. We should put that into the conversation. He did lose a fumble, which is a factor in this game. That fumble did lead to a Cowboy touchdown. So that is part of the big story over the last 6 games… So half a dozen games. Lawrence now has 14 touchdowns and 1 interception. Jacksonville is 4-2…There is a path they can get them to the playoffs even without getting to a 9-8 record. Beating Tennessee at the end of the year will give them the tiebreaker. So if it ends up tied at the end of the season, the tiebreaker would go to Jacksonville.”