1. The Jaguars pressured Justin Herbert 31 times in Week 3
The Jaguars’ defense currently ranks fourth in points scored and has forced a league-best eight takeways. As you can see, it’s not only the offense but the defense is doing it’s part. Against the Chargers, they logged 31 total pressures. This is outstanding when you take into account that Justin Herbert had 45 dropbacks, so he was under pressure for around 75 percent of his attempts.
Not many quarterbacks are going to thrive under that much pressure and while Herbert had nearly 300 passing yards, Los Angeles managed to muster just 10 points. Sure, the Jaguars’ defense only logged one sack in Week 3 and sacks are better than pressures since they stop a play and move an offense back while a quarterback can still make a completion even if pressured.
Nevertheless, the Jaguars’ front seven did a good job of containing Herbert and the Chargers’ offense. Left tackle Rayshawn Slater hurt his bicep had to exit the game — he will miss the remainder of the season — but even before he got hurt, Jacksonville was giving the Bolts’ offensive line fits.
The Jaguars defense could take them far this season. The media will probably come up with a catchy name in the next few weeks but even if they don’t, there’s no doubt Jacksoville can go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league if they play up to their potential.