THIS IS A WEEK FOR JAGUARS FANS TO SIT BACK, RELAX, AND ENJOY A WINNING RECORD. IT HAS BEEN FOREVER SINCE WE HAD A BYE WEEK LIKE THIS.
Long suffering Jaguars fans waited a long long time for a winning record. All signs point to the fact the winning record will continue. To start the defense against the pass is outstanding. Also the running game is impressive. Surprisingly the offensive line played well. Lastly the coaching is much improved.
THE DEFENSE AGAINST THE PASS IS LIGHTS OUT
The Jaguars pass defense rated number two in the NFL. The secondary grabbed 10 interceptions for 192 yards. The opposing teams had 5 interceptions for 50 yards. In addition the team recorded 33 sacks. This is number one in the NFL. Calais Campbell, our sack leader, stated that credit for sacks must include the excellent coverage in the secondary.
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THE RUNNING GAME EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS
The Jaguars run game is rated number one in the NFL. Leonard Fournette excited everyone, but the other backs (Chris Ivory, TJ Yeldon) were explosive as well. Also, Corey Grant thrilled fans with his quickness and speed. The Jaguars average 5.0 yards per carry and 169 yards per game. Fournette has scored 7 touchdowns.
THE OFFENSIVE LINE IS A HUGE SURPRISE
The offensive line rates number nine in the entire league. They allowed only 11 sacks. Moreover, they blocked for the number one overall run game in the NFL. The o-line reduced their penalties and played as a unit for most of the season. Almost no one saw this coming after the miserable performance last season.
THE COACHING CHANGE IS A WINNER
Doug Marrone changed the culture of the team. They don’t settle for getting better every game. They strive to win every game. The 4-3 record showed clearly the difference this year compared to last year. They won more games after seven games played than all of last season.
First, all the stats are from ESPN.com. The Jaguars still need to improve in several areas. To begin, the Jaguars are rated number 28 in passing. The run/pass difference is too large. Blake Bortles played better but needs to improve even more. The Jaguars scoring defense rated number 30. The defense against the run is not acceptable. That run defense needs to improve. There is far more bad than good to discuss. That being said I am beyond delighted at the Jaguars play to date.