The Jacksonville Jaguars snapped a four-game losing streak when they beat the Carolina Panthers 26-0 in Week 17. They did it without Trevor Lawrence, who missed the game with a shoulder sprain. With Lawrence unable to go, C.J. Beathard got a start and did enough to propel the Jags to a win.
Following the game, Beathard told the media that the team showed lots of energy in practice ahead of the game.
"We've been in a little slump the weeks before, losing four straight. But all week, we went this week with a lot of energy," Beathard said. "Knowing what this game meant and what the next week meant means knowing we needed to get this one."
Beathard continued, "Thought the guys played great, started on Monday or Tuesday practice when we came out there with a ton of energy, enthusiasm. One of the better weeks of practice we had from an energy standpoint. Guys were locked in from earlier in the week, and it showed up there on the field today."
That energy indeed showed in the final 26-0 score. If the Jaguars can build up the win, they should be in good shape when they take on the Tennesse Titans in the finale. In particular, the Jags would surely like these three stats to carry over into next week.
3. The offensive line gave up just 6 total pressures vs. the Panthers
One recurrent issue for the Jaguars in recent weeks has been the blocking up front. The offensive line has struggled to give whoever's behind center enough time to throw and they've also had trouble opening holes in the running game. In Week 17 though, the Jags won the battle in the trenches.
Running back Travis Etienne had more than 100 rushing yards in a game for just the second time this season. He also posted his best average per carry of the year at 6.8. On the other hand, C.J. Beathard mostly enjoyed a clean pocket.
Granted, Beathard was sacked two times but he was only pressured six times. Just one week before, Trevor Lawrence had been pressured a worrisome 21 times, so the improvement was evident. It helped that left tackle Cam Robinson returned to the lineup after spending four weeks on Injured Reserve.
Going with Tyler Shatley at left guard was also a smart choice, with Ezra Cleveland and Walker Little nursing injuries.