A disappointing home opener for the Jacksonville Jaguars sees them drop to 1-1, tied with the Tennessee Titans for first place in the AFC South. A disappointing offensive display has led to much flak of Press Taylor, with some critics even calling for a switch in play-calling duties.
Next, the Jaguars get to stay at home and focus on the AFC South rival Houston Texans. But before they do, here's a deep statistical analysis of their performance against the reigning Super Bowl Champions.
Key Stats from the Jaguars loss to the Chiefs
Despite the Jaguars’ impressive discipline in the penalty category (and Jawaan Taylor’s five penalties), the Jaguars lost the sack battle in a large way. Three of the four sacks by Kansas City ended the Jaguars' offensive drives. Meanwhile, the Chiefs were able to get a first down after K’Lavon Chaisson’s lone sack.
Offensive Breakdown from Week 2
After a disappointing game in Week 1, Tank Bigsby did not receive a carry in Week 2 with Travis Etienne shouldering most of the rushing load. Surprisingly, the Jaguars only rushed the ball outside of the tackles on 34 percent of runs, up only 1 percent from Week 1.
Predictably, Evan Engram saw an increased target share in Week 2, with running backs focusing more on pass protection on passing plays. The Jaguars were consistent in their deep-ball attempts from Week 2, while also being more evenly distributed in the side of the field targeted.
Jaguars Offensive Trends to Keep an Eye On
After struggling to run the ball effectively in Week 1, the Jaguars turned to the pass more in Week 2. While the long distance-to-go forced a 92 percent pass rate on third down, with the passing success in the bottom-6 in the league in Week 2.
The rushing game rebounded slightly, largely due to situational success later in the game, while third down conversion continued to be the Jaguars’ offensive downfall.
Jaguars Defensive Stats To Keep an Eye On
After a strong showing against the Colts' rushing game in Week 1, the Jaguars' defense could not contain the Chiefs runners at all. Most importantly, on their last two drives, the Chiefs ran the ball eleven times and averaged 5.3 Yards per carry.
While the Jaguars did give up 2.5 more adjusted yards per pass attempt from Week 2, they still ranked 14th for Week 2, an impressive number against Patrick Mahomes. While the Jaguars held Travis Kelce to only four catches for 26 yards on nine targets, they will be disappointed to give up an easy touchdown.
The Jaguars did have a better average starting field position than the Chiefs, this is largely inflated do the recovered fumble on the punt. Removing that play alone, the Jaguars were dead-even with the Chiefs with a starting field position of the 21.8-yard line.
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