The buildup to Sunday’s Jaguars–Steelers contest in Pittsburgh was dominated by viral feedback made by Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence, making his first-ever begin at Acrisure Stadium. Earlier within the week, Lawrence remarked that he felt unafraid of the “Horrible Towels” historically waved by Steelers followers — feedback that made him Public Enemy #1 coming into Sunday’s sport.
However Lawrence, the consummate skilled, shrugged off the controversy — in addition to his fourth interception of the season — to steer the Jaguars to a 20-10 street win. After the sport, the Professional Bowl quarterback spoke in regards to the ambiance and the way the AFC South-leading Jags responded to it.
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Talking to the media on Sunday afternoon, Lawrence mentioned his Jaguars performed “fairly properly” in a key street victory — a sport during which they led wire-to-wire and held Pittsburgh to only 261 yards of offense. The franchise quarterback additionally appeared unbothered by the pre-game headlines.
“Followers try this. It is a part of what makes this sport nice. It is gasoline,” Lawrence defined. “You wish to hate your opponent after they are available in and make it as exhausting as attainable on them. Completely perceive that. I hope our followers try this in Jacksonville, too.”
Lawrence, cool as a cucumber, shrugged off the invective from the fierce Pittsburgh followers to win for the twelfth time in 14 begins. The Jaguars’ sturdy protection held the Steelers to a few factors within the first half and knocked Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett out of the sport. Pickett suffered a rib damage within the second quarter.
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Lawrence on Sunday threw for 292 yards — his second-highest complete of the season — and tossed his ninth landing move in a typically-efficient outing. Lawrence, who accomplished 24 of his 32 passes, linked up with former Clemson teammate Travis Etienne on a 56-yard rating within the third quarter, extending Jacksonville‘s result in 17-3 — a bonus that proved insurmountable to Pittsburgh.
Jacksonville improved to 6-2 and have at the very least a two-game lead over each different workforce within the AFC South. If Lawrence continues shaking off the stress as he did on Sunday, the Jaguars should not have any downside repeating as division champs as they steadily construct a Tremendous Bowl contender.