2. The Jaguars were flagged 13 times in Week 7
Head coach Doug Pederson has been able to pinpoint the two main issues the Jags have had during their four-game losing streak: Not being able to play complementary football and self-inflicted wounds.
The offense can’t have a great performance only to be let down by the defense and vice-versa. Similarly, you won’t win many games if you keep shooting yourself in the foot, which is precisely what the Jags did against the Giants.
While Jacksonville had managed to cut down on the number of penalties per game in recent weeks, the Jags were flagged an alarming 13 times against New York. While you might be able to overcome a few, the Jags couldn’t get out of their own way and had mental mistakes at crucial times.
Sure, some of the flags were questionable, such as a holding call on left tackle Cam Robinson that seemed clean. But even if the refs got a few flags wrong, good teams still win and the Jaguars beat themselves when they faced off against New York.
A roughing the passer on linebacker Foyesade Oluokun negated an interception by rookie Devin Lloyd in the third quarter but the most egregious penalties the Jags made came in the last quarter, when the defense had three in a row, pass interference, too many men on the field, and encroachment.
The Giants gladly took the free yards and went on to score a touchdown that gave them a 20-17 lead. Had the Jags forced New York to punt or even forced them to settle for a field goal, they wouldn’t have needed to score a touchdown in the last drive to win the game.