The good news was the Jaguars forced turnovers, made big plays and then were clutch when they needed to be. The final outcome is like a stroke of deoderant after a mistake-filled three hours on Sunday. Find out how our keys to victory actually played out.
Keys to a Jaguars victory:
1. Stop the run. The Jaguars did a nice job of stopping the run early in the game, but when Sen'Derrick Marks went out with an elbow injury they struggled at the line of scrimmage. Still, 89 yards allowed on 21 carries is more than acceptable.
2. Win the turnover battle, or at least don't lose it. The Jaguars finally won the turnover battle. They forced four turnovers, more than half of their season's total entering Sunday's action, and only turned it over once (Bortles interception). They did what they needed to do against a bad team.
3. Protect the franchise. The Jaguars did a better job of protecting Blake Bortles, but that was a measure of the personnel they faced. The offensive line still allowed three sacks and six quarterback hits, but it was a huge improvement from a week ago.
4. Don't lose special teams. It's tough to say that the Jaguars won special teams, as Jason Myers missed a 26-yard field goal, and they allowed a 50-yard kickoff return and a 42-yard punt return. Still, Myers may have saved his job by drilling the game-winning 53-yard field goal and that's really all that matters.
5. Have the better tight ends. The Jaguars lost the tight end battle and it really wasn't close. The trio of Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle combined for 11 catches for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Ravens. Julius Thomas caught just two passes for 23 yards and Marcedes Lewis caught one pass for nine yards.
What to look for:
1. Look for a lower scoring game. This pretty much played out as both teams went through lulls trying to move the football. The 42 combined points scored was a lot lower than most predicted.
2. Look for the Jaguars to force a turnover. Jacksonville did that times four. Three of the turnovers came in the third quarter alone. It's tough to say that the Jags were the better team, but they made fewer mistakes.
3. Look for a Crockett Gilmore TD. Gilmore didn't have a huge statistical day, but he found paydirt on the Ravens first score. He finished with four catches for 42 yards and the touchdown.
4. Look for under 140 rushing yards combined. Thanks to a late flurry of rushing activity, the teams combined to go over the 140 yards. T.J. Yeldon led the Jags with 61 yards on 18 carries and Justin Fosett set the pace for Baltimore with 53 yards on 14 carries.
5. Look for the Jaguars to lose another close one. The Jaguars maybe should have lost, but they kept scratching and they found a way to win. This makes up for one of the games that they found a way to lose.