The Jacksonville Jaguars did it again. For the second straight week, they lost to an inferior opponent (at least on paper) despite the fact that they were favored to win both games. Who does that? Seriously. The Jags previously proved this season that they have enough talent to go toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the league. Yet, they can’t seem to get out of their own way and keep finding new ways to lose.
This one time, it was head coach Doug Pederson’s hyper-aggressive playcalling. As usual, he went for it on fourth down and went 2-of-4. While one of the times the Jags didn’t manage to convert came at the end of the second quarter and didn’t have an impact on the outcome of the game, the second time they failed came in the fourth quarter at the Giants’ 20-yard line.
Instead of settling for a field, Trevor Lawrence attempted a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1 but didn’t gain enough yardage to move the chains. The Giants went on to score 10 points and the Jags attempted a furious comeback with less than two minutes on the clock. For a moment, it looked like they were going to pull it off. However, they came up literally one yard short.
Then again, the Jaguars didn’t lose because of one play. Here are three stats that explained why they weren’t able to beat the Giants even though they were playing at TIAA Bank Field.
3. The Jaguars’ defense missed 12 tackles vs. the Giants
You can have the most stacked roster in the whole NFL but if you can’t play disciplined football, it won’t matter. Against the Giants, the Jaguars’ defense seemingly forgot how to tackle. Forget the lack of takeaways for a moment, if you can’t stop opponents from crossing the first-down marker or allow them to turn a short pass into a big gain, your chances of winning will decrease considerably.
Safety Andre Cisco, outside linebacker Josh Allen, and defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi missed two tackles against New York. But they weren’t the only Jaguars that had tackling issues. All in all, the defense missed 12 total tackles, and allow both Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones to gain yards in chunks. Whether it was poor technique or taking bad angles, this is an area the team must fix soon.