3. The defense spent too much time on the field against the Titans.
All things considered, the Jaguars’ defense played relatively well in Week 14 despite the fact that they were on the field for almost 37 minutes. They allowed 20 points, their lowest mark since their Week 9 win over the Bills, when they gave up just six. The front four constantly rattled quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the unit finished the game with four sacks, seven hits, and 21 total pressures. That’s the kind of performance that’s going to get an opposing offense off balance.
The Jags’ defense couldn’t come away with a turnover but asking them to do so when the offense fail to score a single point may be too much to ask. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin told the local media after the game that his side of the ball is only focused on what they do, not what the other one does. Nevertheless, nobody would blame him or his defensive teammates if they felt a bit frustrated after having a solid performance only to be let down by the defense.
On the bright side, the Jaguars will next face off against a Texans team that isn’t doing playing much better. Their offense is in the cellar of the league when it comes to points scored and it ranks 30th in points surrendered. Beating them would be a great morale booster for a Jacksonville team that’s dealt with a lot of noise over the last couple of weeks.