When the Jacksonville Jaguars shut out the Indianapolis Colts earlier this season, they had everyone’s curiosity. But it wasn’t until they defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 38-10 in Week 3 that they got everyone’s attention.
The Jags’ victory over the Chargers represented the only time they’ve won consecutive games since Weeks 7 and 8 of the 2019 season. For that reason, it’s not surprising to see them and Trevor Lawrence become the talk of the town over the last two days.
With that in mind, here are three encouraging stats from Jacksonville’s decisive win over the Bolts.
3. The Jaguars neutralized the Chargers’ running game
You will often hear coaches about how important shutting down the run is, which a bit surprising when you consider that the NFL is a passing league. But slowing down an rushing attack force offenses to become one-dimensional, which in turn leads to more pressure and pass-rush opportunities.
Against Los Angeles, the Jaguars gave up 26 yards on 12 carries. Simply, the Chargers stopped running the ball because they couldn’t find any openings.
Defensive end Dawuane Smoot met with the local media Monday and noted the team’s focus on defense was the run. So far, the approach has worked. In three games this season, the Jags have allowed 165 rushing yards (55 per game). Last season, they gave up as many in a game three times.
Moreover, Jacksonville hasn’t surrendered a single rushing touchdown this year. Moving forward, opposing teams will have a hard time scheming against the Jaguars because they know it will be a tough task running the ball against them.