Jacksonville Jaguars play ultra prevent defense with Chicago Bears driving before halftime

Dan Rorabaugh
Florida Times-Union
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The Jacksonville Jaguars took the prevent defense to an interesting extreme at the first half Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

With the Jaguars at their own 26-yard line and the game tied with 17 seconds left in the first half, quarterback Mike Glennon threw an interception on a deep pass intended for DJ Chark. Linebacker Roquan Smith made the grab and returned it to Jacksonville's 34-yard line.

The Bears took over with 8 seconds left on the fringe of field-goal range. Mitchell Trubisky, who has been solid the past four weeks since returning to the lineup, faced a Jaguars defense that did not want to risk a touchdown by any means, surrendering the entire middle of the field to secure the goal line and sidelines.

Trubisky took what the Jags gave him and hit tight end Cole Kmet for 10 yards.

The Bears called timeout and brought out Cairo Santos for a 40-yard field goal as time expired to put Chicago ahead 13-10 at halftime.

Some observers on Twitter pointed out that this was just the latest strange sight to result from a Trubisky game.

Others were quick to point out the perceived goal of tanking the season for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and the first shot at Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

In other news, the New York Jets, the only other team with just one win this season, led the Cleveland Browns 20-3 midway through the third quarter.

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