What We Learned Against The Ravens

Another Sunday has passed and the Jaguars are closer to their Top 5 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. They continue to play hard under Gus Bradley, but they simply don't have enough talent to defeat good teams on the road. Find out how our keys to victory played out.

The Jaguars played hard for 60 minutes, took some chances and it nearly paid off as Gus Bradley’s group almost pulled off a major upset in Baltimore. As we well know, close is only good in horseshoes and hand grenades so despite having a “moral victory,” the Jaguars fell to 2-12. We're going to see how our keys to victory played out in the loss.

Keys To A Jaguars Victory

Take advantage of opportunities. Jacksonville was opportunistic enough to force a fumble on defense, but they couldn’t get anything more than long field goals. It’s tough to beat a playoff contender on the road without sniffing the end zone.

Throw early and often. The Jaguars had some success against an injury depleted Ravens’ defense, but they couldn’t get the big plays when they needed them. Pretty much the story of the season.

Limit big plays. The Jaguars defense did a great job of limiting big plays as the longest pass Baltimore had went for 29 yards to Owen Daniels and the longest run was a 28-yard gain by Bernard Pierce. The biggest play came on the Jaguars first possession as a missed block by Will Ta’ufo’oa led to a punt block touchdown.

Stop the run. Jacksonville’s defense did a fantastic job against the Ravens’ Justin Forsett. They held Forsett to just 48 yards on 16 carries. As a team, Baltimore gained 93 yards on 26 carries.

Involve Lee. Marqise Lee was targeted nine times on Sunday and caught four passes for just 14 yards. Lee did get open on a fly pattern and Blake Bortles overthrew him by a yard.

What We’ll Be Saying On Monday

The Jaguars were one-dimensional. Jacksonville was able to run the ball a little bit, gaining 82 yards on 23 carries. They were primarily a passing team as Bortles attempted 37 passes and was sacked eight times.

Marqise Lee led the team. Lee was a secondary target as Cecil Shorts led the team in receiving. The Jaguars had far too many drops and missed assignments.

Justin Forsett goes over 100. The Jaguars did a great job on Forsett and the defense held the entire Ravens team under 100 yards rushing.

Blake Bortles will struggle. Bortles will be sore as he was sacked eight times. When he had time to throw, he was actually very solid.

They weren’t competitive. The Jaguars were more than competitive in this game and the defense deserves an A+ for the way they played.

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