You could make the case the Jacksonville Jaguars are the embodiment of Murphy’s Law. At least, that’s how it felt during the 37-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. As the old adage goes, “if something can go wrong, it will”. In recent weeks, it’s become something of a common theme for the Jags to trail by 10 or more points in the third quarter and Week 13 was no different.
The Rams held no punches and ran the ball early and often. Moreover, the Jaguars’ defense had no answer for Cooper Kupp. Before Week 13, you could have made the case their loss to the San Francisco 49ers was their most embarrassing outing of the season but the one against the Rams was arguably worse. After all, Los Angeles was coming off a three-game skid and seemed vulnerable. It could be argued that this criticism of the Jaguars is too harsh but they deserve every single ounce of it after their uninspiring performance.
These three stats explain why the Jaguars lost to the Rams.
1. Jaguars running back James Robinson just got eight carries.
If you want to keep up with the best teams in the NFL, you must get your best players involved early and often, right? The Jags don’t seem to agree with that and made the curious decision of benching running back James Robinson after fumbling the ball.
The second-year running certainly has to do a better job of holding onto the ball but he’s the Jaguars’ best offensive player and taking carries away from him hurts the team’s ability to score points. The fact that veteran Carlos Hyde ran the ball more times than Robinson is egregious.
The Rams are a difficult team to run the ball against and Robinson gave the Jaguars a better chance to do it. Why are they decided to take him out of the game is anyone’s guess.