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NFL Week 6 grades: Jaguars get an ‘A’ for ending historical losing streak, Chargers get an ‘F’ in blowout loss

The Jaguars can’t win when they play in America, but they don’t have any problem winning games in other countries. In one of the craziest games of Week 6, the Jags picked up their first win of the season by going to London and beating the Dolphins 23-20. 

The victory over Miami gave Urban Meyer the first win of his Jaguars’ coaching career and ended Jacksonville’s 20-game losing streak, which was the second-longest in league history. 

The NFL might have sent two bad teams to England, but the fans in London were treated to some high drama in a game that wasn’t decided until the final play. 

For the Jaguars, Trevor Lawrence seems to be getting better every week and he arguably played his best game of the year in London. Not only did the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft throw for 319 yards and a touchdown, but he also came up clutch in fourth quarter when the Jaguars needed him most. 

With the Dolphins leading 20-17 and under five minutes left to play, the Jaguars were facing a third-and-8 at their own 39. If they didn’t convert, they probably would have ended up punting, but they didn’t have to make that decision because Lawrence and Marvin Jones did this: 

That catch helped set up a 54-yard field goal by Matthew Wright that tied the game at 20 (The kick added even more drama because it looked like it was going to miss before curving in. You can see that kick by clicking here). 

On Miami’s ensuing possession, the Jaguars’ defense came up with a huge stop of the Dolphins on a fourth-and-1 play, which gave Jacksonville the ball back, setting the stage for more Lawrence magic. 

The first two plays of the possession weren’t so magical: The Jags lost 5 yards on a false-start penalty and then got sacked on the next play. 

With Jacksonville now facing a third-and-20 on its own 44 and just 20 SECONDS left to play, Lawrence hit Laviska Shenault Jr. for a 12-yard gain. At that point, the Jags faced a fourth-and-8 from Miami’s 44-yard line with five seconds left. Since there only appeared to be enough time for one play, the Dolphins were expecting a Hail Mary, but instead, Lawrence hit Shenault across the middle for a 9-yard gain to Miami’s 36-yard line. 

The Jags then called a timeout with one second left, which set up Wright’s game-winning kick from 53 yards away. 

The Jaguars might be 1-5 and their coach might have caused a distraction or two this offseason, but it’s pretty clear that this team hasn’t quit on Meyer. The Jaguars aren’t presently one of the NFL’s best teams — or even in the middle tier of teams — but with Lawrence under center, they definitely have the foundation to eventually join the NFL’s upper-echelon if they can properly build around him. Of course, these are the Jaguars we’re talking about, so that’s a big “if.”

Alright, let’s get to the grades for every game from Week 6. If you’re looking for a deeper dive on Tampa Bay’s 28-22 win over the Eagles that was played on Thursday, be sure to click here.  

Jacksonville 23-20 over Miami (London)

Cincinnati 34-11 over Detroit

Indianapolis 31-3 over Houston

L.A. Rams 38-11 over N.Y. Giants

Minnesota 34-28 (OT) over Carolina

Kansas City 31-13 over Washington

Chiefs-Washington grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Green Bay 24-14 over Chicago

Packers-Bears grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Baltimore 34-6 over L.A. Chargers

Chargers-Ravens grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Arizona 37-14 over Cleveland 

Cardinals-Browns grades by Josh Edwards (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Las Vegas 34-24 over Denver

Raiders-Broncos grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Dallas 35-29 (OT) over New England

Cowboys-Patriots grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)