It takes a collective effort to lose the way the Jacksonville Jaguars did to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10. And the grade they got from Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports reflects their poor performance.
Kerr graded all NFL teams that played in Week 10 and gave Jacksonville an F, pointing out that they came crashing down in what could've been their most impressive win of the year.
"The Jags entered this week on the longest active win streak in the NFL (5), but a win over the 49ers would be their most impressive victory of the season thus far. Instead, Jacksonville looked completely outmatched in virtually every facet of the game. The Jaguars were held out of the end zone all afternoon, and turned the ball over four times."
All things considered, Kerr's assessment of the game is fair. The offense was toothless, struggling to get into 49ers territory throughout most of the game. Whenever they showed signs of life, drives ended in a turnover. Trevor Lawrence threw two picks and lost a fumble. Wide receiver Christian Kirk lost another one. The offensive line, for their part, couldn't block.
In particular, Walker Little struggled in his first start game back from a knee injury. Center Luke Fortner and right tackle Anton Harrison also had a hard time containing the 49ers' pass rush.
In the end, the Jags only mustered 221 total yards. The fact that they went 4-of-12 on third down didn't help matters. The Jacksonville defense wasn't much better though.
Although outside linebackers Travon Walker and Josh Allen brought the heat, neither got a sack. Overall, the Jaguars' defensive front couldn't bring enough pressure and Brock Purdy had more than enough time to get his playmakers the ball. Similarly, the secondary had no answer for tight end George Kittle or Brandon Aiyuk.
Purdy had thrown just three touchdowns and five interceptions the prior three games. Against the Jags, he completed 73.5 percent of his throws for 296 yards with three touchdown passes with no picks. What makes this loss even more frustrating is that San Francisco was sitting on a three-game losing skid entering the game but bounced back nicely against a Jaguars team that had no answers on either side of the ball.
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The San Francisco 49ers dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars at all three levels. There were some good individual performances but overall, they showed they have work to do if they want to be discussed in the same breath as the Kansas City Chiefs, or the Niners themselves.
Lawrence most definitely has to make better decisions with the ball but the offensive line must also do their job and give him more time to throw. As Mina Kimes of ESPN noted, Lawrence's been pressured on throws between 2.5-4 seconds, the highest rate of any quarterback this year.
The defensive line, on the other hand, needs to win their matchups. Besides Travon Walker and Josh Allen, the front seven had a hard time winning their individual matchups. Last but not least, the coaching staff needs to put their players in a position to succeed. On the play where George Kittle scored, they brought an overly aggressive blitz that left linebacker Devin Lloyd matched up against Kittle. It didn't go well.
Granted, safety Andre Cisco could've provided help in the backfield but didn't. Either way, the play wasn't a good one, and that falls on defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell.
The bottom line is that the Jacksonville Jaguars cannot afford to keep playing like they did in Week 10. If they do, they'll lose ground in the AFC South and their chances of earning a high playoff seed will decrease considerably.