The Jacksonville Jaguars dropped their third consecutive game in a 23-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Jags, still atop of the AFC South, now have a thin margin of error to ensure they are hosting a playoff game in January.
Key stats from the Jaguars loss to the Ravens
This game was largely defined by the turnovers. Two missed field goals, two fumbles by Trevor Lawrence, and a late failed fourth-down conversion cost the Jaguars at least 12 points in this game.
Running back Travis Etienne once again returned to the primary back role. However, the Jaguars only ran the ball 17 times. They also had 77 percent of their runs either go up the middle or outside of the tackle.
The Jags did not force the ball down the field as much as in previous weeks. That said, two of the Jags’ better offensive plays came on deep balls to the left. With wide receiver Zay Jones now injured and his status looking in doubt, it is worth keeping an eye on how far the Jaguars push the ball.
The Jaguars continued their high pass rate, with Trevor Lawrence throwing 43 times and averaging 6.32 adjusted net yards per pass attempt (14th in week 15).
The Jaguars’ 4.36 yards per carry were 14th in the NFL in Week 15, but if you exclude Lawrence's runs, this number is reduced to 2.62 yards per carry.
The Ravens were able to run at will against the Jaguars, with the Jaguars giving up a season-high 6.0 yards per carry. The Jaguars limited Lamar Jackson to 4.4 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, however, they struggled to fully contain Jackson.
The Ravens were one of the best teams in Week 15 at avoiding third down (52%). When they did face third down, they converted on 42 percent of their attempts.
Even with return specialist Jamal Agnew back, the Jaguars struggled to get an effective starting field position. Meanwhile, the Ravens were able to capitalize on favorable field position from the five turnovers from the Jaguars.