The Jacksonville Jaguars have won just two games this season but nobody seems to be that surprised and it’s easy to understand why. This was always going to be a rebuilding year and expectations weren’t high for the Jags to begin with. Sure, they selected Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 draft and brought in Urban Meyer to right the ship. The organization believes the duo will help them become a perennial contender.
On the other hand, the Jaguars were lacking start talent in 2020 and one offseason wasn’t going to be enough to replenish the roster. The defense is playing better but the offense still needs several upgrades. That was on full display in Jacksonville’s 30-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.
The Jaguars’ offense struggled to move the ball and the defense couldn’t stop the Niners’ offense. Looking back, here are three stats that explain the Jags’ most recent loss.
1. The Jaguars’ offense had only 17 plays in the first half.
In their first possession of the game, the 49ers put together a lengthy drive that chewed up almost a full quarter. The Jags’ defense was rightfully tired but on the bright side, they limited San Francisco to three points.
The Jaguars could have then countered and scored to either tie the game or get ahead. However, they went three and out in their first possession, and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. fumbled in the first play of their next one. That was an omen of things to come, as they totaled a measly 17 plays in the first half, including a punt and the 30-yard field goal by Matthew Wright.
The team ended with a measly 200 total yards and most of them came in garbage time. The defense could have played better but you won’t win many games if you struggle to move the ball downfield.