There’s no way to sugarcoat it, the Jacksonville Jaguars were embarrassed by the Detroit Lions in Week 13. Instead of making up ground in the AFC South and strengthening their chances of making the playoffs in 2022, they collapsed.
Head coach Doug Pederson called it by far the Jags’ worst loss of the season and players described the outing as disappointing. Looking at the final score, it’s hard to disagree.
Both Jaguars players and coaches deserve blame for the loss vs. the Lions
This wasn’t a close game and Jacksonville looked overwhelmed and uninspired for most of the game. Pederson said so himself when he met with the local media Monday.
“Quite frankly, the whole thing’s frustrating”, Pederson said. “It was a combination of a lot of things yesterday, not just the defense, throwing the offense and everything but it’s something we just got to continue to work out, continue to put these guys in positions”.
“It’s on the players to understand their role and understand their job. Coaches have to look at it from, ‘are we doing too much? Are we doing not enough?’ If we need to pull it back, we pull it back. But there are just too many little things that show up in games that shouldn’t be happening this late in the year”, Pederson said.
Basically, both the players and the coaching staff failed to do their job against Detroit. And looking back, it’s hard to find many positives to build on. Meanwhile, it’s easy to spot all the things that went wrong for a Jaguars team that is 4-8 and probably without much to play besides finishing strong. With that in mind, here are three concerning stats from Week 13.