Jaguars: 3 stats that explain incredible win over Bills
1. The Jaguars pressured Bills quarterback Josh Allen at a high rate.
You have probably heard that football games are won (and lost) in the trenches, and the Jaguars proved the cliché right in Week 9. Even though they gave up two sacks, they generally gave Trevor Lawrence and C.J. Beathard enough time to throw the ball. Meanwhile, their defense didn’t stop pressuring Bills quarterback Josh Allen all game long.
Allen was able to scramble a few times but Jacksonville’s defensive front rattle him and forced him to make mistakes. He dropped back 47 times and was pressured in 29, that’s a pretty high rate. Moreover, the Jags registered four sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble. Head coach Urban Meyer told the media this kind of performance was possible thanks to the interior pass rush, which was a non-factor in previous games but was key in Week 9.
You could argue that the Bills were without two starting linemen, guard Jon Feliciano and offensive tackle Spencer Brown but injuries are an inherent part of the game and teams need to be ready for them. What was Jacksonville supposed to do? Postpone the game and resume it once Brown and Feliciano can play?
Left tackle Cam Robinson and running back James Robinson also missed the game and the Jaguars still won. The truth is that the Jags were the better team Sunday, and their latest win should give them a reason to continue playing hard for the remainder of the season.