The numbers don’t favor the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10.
Heading into Week 10, the Jacksonville Jaguars have lost seventh straight games. Things won’t get any easier for them this week as they will fly to Wisconsin to take on the 6-2 Green Bay Packers.
Looking at the matchup, it’s difficult to favor the ‘Jag’s to earn their second victory of the season. While they rank near the bottom of most categories, the Packers have one of the efficient offenses in the league and one of the best quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers, who has had a career resurgence under sophomore head coach Matt LaFleur.
Things will be difficult on defense for the Jacksonville Jaguars too.
While the Packers defense isn’t as good as their offensive counterpart, they could give this Jacksonville team some fits. Edge defender Za’Darius Smith is playing at a high level and will make left tackle Cam Robinson‘s job difficult on every single snap.
Moreover, safety Adrian Amos has become a fixture of the team’s secondary, and defensive tackle Kenny Clark has improved every single season since Green Bay drafted him in 2016. The Jaguars could stun everyone and beat the Packers at Lambeau Field, but it’s unlikely based on how both squads have played in recent weeks. Here are some numbers to keep in mind for Week 11.
1. The Packers have lost just one game for more than six points.
Green Bay has only lost two games this season, one was against the Minnesota Vikings and the other one was against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the Packers lost 22-28 to the ‘Vikes’, they got pummeled by the ‘Bucs’. In that game, Aaron Rodgers went 16-of-35 for 160 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. Moreover, the Packers Buccaneers defense sacked the quarterback five times and cornerback Jamel Dean had an interception returned for a touchdown.
2. Davante Adams is currently one of the best receivers in the NFL.
At the time, much was made about the Packers decision to draft quarterback Jordan Love instead of a wide receiver. Looking back, things have played out well. While the team’s wide receiver corps could surely get some help, the unit has performed well in 2020.
Davante Adams is playing at a Pro Bowl level and has hauled in 53 receptions for 675 yards and eight touchdowns. By the end of the year, he will likely have scored more than ten touchdowns and crossed the 1,000-yard mark.
3. The Packers haven’t intercepted many passes in 2020.
The Houston Texans rank at the bottom of the league in interceptions with two. Four teams have three, and the Packers are one of them. Surprisingly, Green Bay has forced fewer turnovers than the Jaguars in 2020.
The ‘Jags’ have seven turnovers while the Packers have six this season. On the other hand, Green Bay has forced three fumbles, and this Jacksonville team has registered just one, the one Myles Jack forced when he stripped the ball off Texans running back David Johnson’s hands in Week 9.
4. The Packers have a well-rounded offense.
This one is obvious to the naked eye, and the stats reinforce it. The Packers’ offense is third in points scored with 253. Their passing game ranks second in touchdowns with 24 and their running game is 10th in yards with 1,013.
It’s true that the Packers have scored just six rushing touchdowns and rank 27th in that category, but this is by design, as Aaron Jones has shown he’s more than capable of running the ball.
5. The Packers are leading the league in turnovers lost.
Aaron Rodgers had two interceptions against the Buccaneers, but that’s it. Those are the only ones he’s had this year. His interception percentage currently sits at 0.7, the second-best mark in the NFL, only Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has a better mark.
Furthermore, the Packers don’t turn the ball over often. This year, they have lost just three turnovers, the best mark in the league. The Buccaneers showed that teams can beat the Packers if they can force them to commit turnovers, but based on the numbers, this is quite challenging to accomplish.