3 compelling stats from the Jaguars electrifying win vs. the Cowboys
1. The Jaguars went 8-12 on 3rd downs vs. the Cowboys
From the get-go, head coach Doug Pederson has shown an affinity to going for it on fourth down, and that’s fine. After all, being aggressive can give teams an edge but the Jaguars didn’t have many fourth-down opportunities against the Cowboys because they had success moving the chains on third down.
All in all, Jacksonville converted on 75 percent of their third-down attempts (eight-of-12). That’s a pretty high rate, especially when you consider they usually roam around the 30 percent mark. This in turn made it possible for the Jags to log 26 first downs and over 500 total yards of offense.
This was arguably the Jaguars’ most productive game of the season and that’s saying something. They scored 38 points against the Los Angeles Chargers but only totaled 413 yards on offense while Lawrence “only” threw for 262 yards. Moreover, the Jags seemed in control for most of that game while they had to fight back against the Cowboys.
Similarly, Jacksonville was 8-of-15 on third downs against the Bolts, so you could make the case that their offense wasn’t nearly as optimized as it was against the Cowboys.
Moving forward, it may not be possible for the Jaguars to sustain such a high third-down conversion rate but it was encouraging to see them play so efficiently in Week 15.