Jaguars: 3 stats that explain bewildering loss to Cardinals in Week 3

Trevor Lawrence (16) quarterback of the Jackosnville Jaguars [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Trevor Lawrence (16) quarterback of the Jackosnville Jaguars [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /
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3. The Jacksonville Jaguars gave the ball up four times.

Unless it is at the end of a game, a team can always come back from a turnover. How about two? It’s certainly more challenging but not impossible. However, anything more than that is akin to shooting yourself in the foot.

The Jaguars looked like a well-balanced early in the game. The defense made several stands, they got a score from their special teams and the offense was able to move the ball. Had they kept it that way, they might have pulled the upset but the turnovers were too much to overcome.

Tight end Jacob Hollister ensured he won’t get much playing time after dropping a catchable pass that turned into an interception. The Cardinals couldn’t seize the turnover and didn’t get any points out of it. Nevertheless, it robbed the Jags of a prime opportunity to score.

Later in the game, quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw a questionable flea-flicker. Left guard Andrew Norwell’s “whirly bird” block made things worse but the former Clemson Tiger deserves blame for the decision to attempt this one.

In the fourth quarter, Lawrence fumbled the ball, effectively killing the Jaguars’ chances of pulling a comeback. His last fumble came at the end of the game and didn’t have an impact on the game’s final score. Still, it counts on the scoreboard.

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