The Jacksonville Jaguars still haven't won a game in over a year, after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals in what first-year head coach Urban Meyer called a "heartbreaking" defeat on Thursday Night Football in Week 4.
The loss was the 19th in a row for the Jaguars, who could tie the NFL record with a 20th consecutive setback when they face the division-rival Tennessee Titans at home in Week 5.
Meyer and his team were devastated at having missed an opportunity to get the Jags back in the win column for the first time since Week 1 in 2020. The disastrous 1-15 season led to the hiring of Meyer and the drafting of rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence first overall.
Thursday's near-miss would have been the first win in the NFL for both Meyer and Lawrence.
"It's devastating, heartbreaking," Meyer told reporters, including Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. "These guys. Usually, I'm not wrong about stuff like that. I just see a good team in there. I see good guys. I see good hearts. I see guys that work, and I told them I'm not wrong. I'm not wrong about that stuff."
Meyer then defiantly predicted the drought would soon end.
"This team's going to win some games."
Even on a short week, the Jaguars looked much sharper in their fourth game under the Meyer-Lawrence duo.
Lawrence was 17-of-24 for 204 yards (8.5 yards per completion) but no passing scores. He had one rushing touchdown among his eight carries. Most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over, an encouraging development against a solid Bengals defense.
The Jags had a surprising 14-0 lead at halftime, but the Bengals' offense came to life in the second half. Lawrence said close losses in each of the past two weeks has been tough, but he thinks the team is "right there."
"We'll have to regroup a little," Lawrence said. "This one hurts to be up 14-0 and somehow come up on the wrong side of it. We'll bounce back. ... Damn, I really want to get a win with these guys.
"We've been working so hard and put ourselves in positions the last two weeks to win. We just have to finish. It's collectively. It's not one side of the ball. We're right there."
Meyer appeared to be stressed out and anxious during the game, even when the Jaguars had the upper hand. Several users on social media noted that he never seems to be enjoying the moment.
The only team in the modern era to lose 20 in a row were the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976. Before them, it was the Chicago Cardinals in the 1940s.