Mike Carlson/Getty Images. Pictured: Trevor Lawrence.
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence left Monday Night Football in the fourth quarter against the Bengals. The game was tied 28-28 with 5 minutes left. ESPN’s Lisa Salters noted about 10 minutes after the injury that Lawrence was in the X-ray room.
The Jaguars entered Monday Night Football 1 1/2 games ahead of the Colts and Texans in the AFC South at 8-3. Jacksonville was a 10-point favorite against the Bengals, who lost their QB Joe Burrow already for the season.
Jacksonville entered Monday Night Football as an overwhelming favorite in the AFC South. At bet365, the Jags were -800 to win the division, with the Texans at +800 and Colts +1200.
C.J. Beathard took over for Lawrence at QB.
To add insult to injury, Jags kicker Brandon McManus missed a 48-yard field goal attempt on the play after Lawrence’s exit. The Bengals went down the field and took a three-point lead on an Evan McPherson field goal on the next drive to give Cincinnati a 31-28 lead.
It was the second blow to the Jaguars offense of the night. Wide receiver Christian Kirk left the game in the first half with a groin injury.
Trevor Lawrence Injury Impact
According to Action Network’s Predictive Analytics team, the dip from Lawrence to Beathard is worth 4.5 points to the betting spread. Our Billy Ward noted that Lawrence’s potential absence would mean more to game totals instead of Jaguars team totals, depending on the matchup, because other teams wouldn’t be pushing to keep up with Jacksonville’s offense as much.
Our Brandon Anderson said that if Lawrence misses time, the drop from him to Beathard downgrades the Jaguars from the No. 14 to 27 offense in the NFL and from No. 11 overall to 17.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.