The Jacksonville Jaguars got back to the win column when they beat the Atlanta Falcons 23-7 in Week 4. While it wasn't perfect, head coach Doug Pederson said he was pleased with the team's overall performance, calling it a step in the right direction.
"The pick-six was huge after the offense scored. And I thought the defense played pretty solid all day," Pederson told the media after the game. "The one drive at the start in the third quarter, you'd like to do better. But then hold them out of the endzone when they did."
"Just overall the turnovers, Josh's performance, there's just a lot of good efforts today and they played together as a team. That's the sign that we're heading in the right direction, where we're getting some things fixed and still got some work to do. But very pleased with today's win," Pederson said.
Again, not everything was sunshine and flowers. If the Jaguars want to keep winning, they'll need to focus on these three areas.
3. The Jaguars struggled to move the chains in third downs vs. the Falcons
The Jaguars entered Week 4 with a conversion rate in third downs of 29.7 percent. However you look at it, that's unacceptable. Moving the chains in the money down keeps drives alive while not converting forces offenses to either punt or go for it on fourth down. Simply put, the more you succeed in third downs, the higher your chances of scoring will be.
Against the Falcons, the Jags had 16 first downs but went 5-of-14 on third downs. Not surprisingly, the offense went quiet after scoring 10 points in the first three drives of the game. Although posting a 35 percent completion rate sufficed in Week 4, it may not be nearly enough to beat the Buffalo Bills in Week 5.