2. The Jaguars allowed Lions QB Jared Goff to complete 75% of his passes
Jared Goff is a solid quarterback but you will be hard-pressed to find someone that genuinely believes he’s in the same echelon as Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen. However, the Jaguars made Goff look like the second coming of Peyton Manning in Week 13.
Goff went 31-of-41 passes for 340 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Surprisingly, it felt like his numbers were much better watching him help but it also helped that the Jaguars put no resistance and allowed him to move the ball at will.
Not surprisingly, the Jaguars’ secondary didn’t post favorable Pro Football Focus overall grades. Cornerback Tyson Campbell, who is one of the team’s most promising players posted a 70.0 grade but he also gave up five passes on six targets for 47 yards and one touchdown. Darious Williams and Tevaughn Campbell didn’t fare much better, giving up a combined nine receptions for 125 yards and earning PFF grades of 53.4 and 43.6respectively.
But it wasn’t just the Jaguars’ cornerbacks, their safety group also struggled to slow down the Lions’ passing game. Of course, Detroit deserves praise for not taking the foot off the gas pedal and exploring mismatches. Amon-Ra St. Brown and DJ Chark Jr. proved to be for the Jacksonville defense, hauling in a combined 16 receptions for 112 yards with two touchdowns.
Having spent the first four years of his career with the Jags, Chark dismissed the idea this was a revenge game, but he surely feels pleased he had a productive outing against his former team.