3 keys for the Jaguars to finish the 2022 season strong

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Evan Engram at TIAA Bank Field. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Evan Engram at TIAA Bank Field. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15 but they lost left tackle Cam Robinson to injury. Later fans found out it was a torn meniscus that will end his season. With Walker Little now in at left tackle, this team continues to be in the race for a spot in the playoffs and potential to win the division.

Little will need to play well for the Jags to keep their postseason hopes alive and will be one of the keys to finishing the 2022 season strong.

3. Walker Little must find success at LT for the Jaguars

Offensive tackle Walker Little stepped in when Jawaan Taylor had a hamstring injury. Late in the game, he had to move over to the left side when Robinson went down with a knee injury. The coaching staff has to be ecstatic with the ability of Little’s ability to play both sides.

He can be a consistent tackle that is now placed into a starting role. If he gets help with his assignments on occasion, he can hold up against the Jets, Texans, and Titans. These teams are physical teams that will try to wear opponents down. The teams could play a spoiler role for the Jaguar’s playoff hopes.

2. The Jags must limit the one-on-one matchups

The Jaguar’s coaching staff can limit the number of one-on-one matchups in a variety of ways. They can have the tight ends chip or the backs coming out of the backfield. Some teams around the NFL have helped their struggling lines by moving the pocket around. Plays can be designed to limit the amount of time that the ball is staying in the hands of Trevor Lawrence.

Lawrence has proven he can make throws down the field when he rolls out in either direction. Much like the Tom Brady of old he can get playmakers the ball to extend drives. Creating a high percentage throw has proven to keep the Jaguars in games in recent weeks. Taking the risk of leaving a player like Little alone is something that can and should be avoided.

1. The Jaguars must keep playing complementary football

The amount of time that the offense spends on the field allows for this Jaguar’s defenses to rest. The defensive unit has been stepping up when it matters most. Creating short fields for the offense to put points up on the scoreboard. I like the chances of the defense when they can play with the intensity that they’ve had in recent games.

The formula of having the team come together as a whole is why they continue to be in games every week. New England found success on the defensive side of the ball by playing within themselves. Consistency with the added advantage of turnovers helps teams win games.

The last three games of the season are going to have to be a playoff atmosphere for the Jaguars, so the coaching staff will need to keep putting players into positions to succeed. Banding together and staying relevant in December for the first time in a long time!

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