Division games are never easy. As the 2022 season finale proved, talent gap and momentum can be thrown out the window in a divisional matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans.
However, this past Sunday truly played out how the matchup would suggest on paper. With a 27-0 lead with 3:22 left in the third quarter, the Jags took their foot off the gas, allowing some of the statistics to show a more even matchup than was reality.
Key Stats from the Jaguars win vs. the Titans in Week 11
The Jaguars had a clean sweep of the key statistics for this game. The turnover margin (+1) should really be +2 as the Jaguars turned the ball over with under a minute left in the game hoping to run out the clock.
The Jaguars continue to be one of the most disciplined teams in terms of penalties. A (questionable at best) roughing the passer penalty was the only reason the Jaguars did not record their fourth game under 25 penalty yards. Remarkably, the Jaguars offense recorded zero penalties in Week 11.
Offensive Breakdown of the Jaguars win vs. the Titans
This was the offensive performance the Jaguars fans have been waiting for. However, the running game did struggle against a stout Titans defensive line.
Running back Travis Etienne recorded his season-low rushing share, in part due to the large lead and eventual benching of the starters. Meanwhile, wide receiver Calvin Ridley had an impressive 18-yard run. The story of the day was Trevor Lawrence’s two touchdown runs though.
Lawrence had arguably his best passing game of the season. Press Taylor dialed up deeper passes early and often, converting several passes to Calvin Ridley, drawing two pass Interference penalties, as well as a key pass to the left sideline to Christian Kirk. Lawrence’s 9.51 air yards per attempt was his highest this season and the third highest of the Doug Pederson Jaguar’s era.
Jaguars Offensive Trends to Watch Moving Foward
The pass rate trends will look a bit deflated due to the nature of the game. Through three quarters, the Jaguars were throwing on 53.8 percent of plays, dropping to 47.8 percent at the end of the game. Lawrence had his season-high 9.12 adjusted net yards per pass attempt.
The Jaguars did struggle to run the ball, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. However, the two Lawrence touchdown runs were key to the Jaguars offensive success. It was also nice to see Tank Bigsby get work at the end of the game and even come in and convert two fourth-down attempts.
The Jaguars defense once again dominated. What the statistics here do not show, the Titans only ran 36 offensive plays compared to the Jaguars 68. Derrick Henry ended with a mundane 38 yards with a long of 16.
The Jaguars gave up two large passing plays, the trick-play touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins and the deep pass to Chris Moore that Montaric Brown just lost the ball. To show a discrepancy in statistics, Will Levis ended with a 143.8 passer rating, but an 18.1 quarterback rating.
Jaguars Field Position vs. the Titans
Missing Jamal Agnew, the Jaguars still maintained control of the starting field position. This was mainly due to a lack of turnovers by the offense (with the exception of the failed conversion late) and the great play by Ross Matiscik to force and recover a fumble on a punt.
Overall, this was a dominating win against a struggling, yet dangerous, Tennessee Titans team. This brings the Jaguars to 7-3, tied for second in the AFC, and one game up on the Texans who they face next Sunday.