The Jacksonville Jaguars built an early lead against the New Orleans in Week 7 but they let them come back in the fourth quarter and made the game closer than it should've been. In the end, the Jags stopped the Saints' comeback attempt and came on top. The performance was convincing enough for John Breech of CBS Sports to give them a good grade.
Breech assigns weekly grades to all NFL teams and gave Jacksonville a B, noting that they were far from perfect but still good enough to get a road win against a decent team.
"The Jags were somewhat sloppy at times, but when you can play a sloppy game and still beat a decent team on the road by seven points, that usually means you're pretty good, and the Jags are pretty good."
Breech points out that it didn't seem like Trevor Lawrence was playing through a knee injury. The third-year quarterback got hurt in Week 6 and was questionable to start for Thursday's bout. However, he broke off several long runs, including one for 26 yards. The fact that he got rid of the ball quickly and got outstanding protection from his offensive line also helped.
Trevor Lawrence finished the game without being hit and was pressured in just 2.9 percent of his dropbacks, a career-low.
Breech also highlights linebacker Foyesade Oluokun's performance. The Yale product was having a highly productive season and his performance versus the Saints solidified his place as one of the top off-linebackers in the league right now. Oluokun had 15 total tackles and had a pick-six, the first one of his career.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are indeed a good team, can still be better in some areas
The Jacksonville Jaguars have worked on issues that were holding them back early in the season. For example, the offensive line was a concern but it has hit their stride in recent weeks. They have also been able to bring the heat despite the fact that outside linebacker Josh Allen is the only viable pass rusher. That said, there are a few things they can work on if they want to keep racking up wins in 2023.
The offense has fared much better since the loss to the Houston Texans in Week 3. They're ninth in points allowed and 14th in total yards heading into Week 8. However, they've gone through hot and cold stretches in games. Leading 24-9 in the third quarter against the Saints, the points stopped coming and it wasn't until New Orleans tied the game that Jacksonville scored the game-winning touchdown.
You could make the case that this is nitpicking. After all, the Jags got the win but that doesn't mean they can't look back at the things they could've done better and work for them. That's what good teams and the Jags are a darn good one.
The Jacksonville Jaguars showed on Thursday Night Football that they can beat teams even when they aren't perfect. If they play like they did against the Saints and work on the few mistakes they had, they'll have a realistic shot at getting their sixth win of the year when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8.