A win is a win, regardless of how it happens.
But for the Green Bay Packers, their Week 10 victory over the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars came with barely any moments of feeling comfortable, something that absolutely should not have happened. Even on a day where the weather played a big factor in gameplay, the Jaguars had their way on the ground, running all over the GB defense and letting rookie QB Jake Luton make big throws when needed.
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In total, seven drives were run or at least began in the first quarter, with Green Bay having four of those. Having started off the game with the ball, the Packers punted on their first three drives, while the Jaguars put up the lone points of the first 15 minutes with a field goal on their opening drive.
Going run-heavy, undrafted rookie James Robinson helped carry the Jaguars to their first points of the game, reeling off three consecutive six-yard runs, sandwiched in between three pass attempts (one completion to D.J. Chark) by Luton. The drive stalled, and kicker Chase McLaughlin drove through a 52-yard field goal for their first points of the game.
Green Bay started off the second quarter with a bang, as the opening play was a bomb from Aaron Rodgers to Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 78-yd score, kicking off a prominent day for MVS.
The Jags got back on the board via special teams, as Keelan Cole returned a punt 91 yards for a score, pushing the score to 10-7, JAX.
On the ensuing drive, Rodgers helped lead a 13-play, 81 yard drive that took up almost eight minutes of clock, resulting in a five-yard TD scamper by Rodgers as he rolled out to his right in the red zone.
Luton was picked off by safety Adrian Amos on the next drive, and after stalling out in JAX territory, Mason Crosby knocked through a field goal from 39 yards to push the halftime lead up to 17-10, GB.
The Jags got the ball first out of half and punted right away to Green Bay, who in turn, gave the ball right back on a Davante Adams fumble deep in Green Bay territory. Four plays later, Luton connected with Cole for his second total TD of the day, after Robinson helped get them down to the GB 12 yard line.
A turnover on downs, followed by a punt, followed by an interception, was how the next three drives went, as Green Bay both turned it over on fourth down and threw an INT, which led to a a JAX field goal to open up the fourth quarter.
The first points of the fourth belonged to the Jaguars, who broke the tie to go up 20-17 over Green Bay and instill a sense of urgency for the NFC North-leading Pack.
A leaping TD grab by Adams on the next drive pushed GB out to the 24-20 lead that the game would end in, thankfully making up for his costly fumble earlier in the contest.
Four drives after the TD, two by each team, resulted in either a punt (2), turnover on downs (1), or a clock runout to end the game, so a very up-and-down game that ended in a little suspense for both teams resulted in Green Bay’s seventh win of the year.
Green Bay travels to Indianapolis to face the Colts next Sunday, and their mid-afternoon flexed game will surely show the type of team that they truly are moving forward, as the Colts offer up a much harder task at hand than the Jaguars should.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23