Jaguars: Inside the Numbers

The stat sheet showed that the Jaguars should've lost by a much bigger margin than the scoreboard said. We will break down the numbers and find out where the Jaguars went right and where the Jaguars went wrong.

Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs 12 21
Passing 1st downs
4 15
Rushing 1st downs
7 4
1st downs from Penalties
1 2
3rd down efficiency
6-15 8-14
4th down efficiency
1-2 0-2
Total Plays 55 70
Total Yards 228 365
Passing 114 294
14-28 28-38
Yards per pass
4.1 7.7
Rushing 114 71
Rushing Attempts
26 31
Yards per rush
4.4 2.3
Red Zone (Made-Att) 1-2 1-2
Penalties 3-24 3-17
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles lost
0 1
Interceptions thrown
0 1
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 26:04 33:56

Offensively, the Jaguars were simply a one-man show as Maurice Jones-Drew had 123 of the team's 228 offensive yards (54%). Jones-Drew carried 21 times and caught five passes (leading the team) for 26 yards. He was great in this game as he scored the team's only touchdown, but it they don't find a way to attack more through the air, Jones-Drew will not be able to take this punishment for a 16-game season.

Third-down efficiency was a telling stat, as the Jaguars converted on just six of 15 attempts. Five of the six third downs that were converted were on the ground, and the other being a screen pass to Jones-Drew.

David Garrard's performance: 14/28 passing, 122 yards, 0 TD's/0 INT's. Garrard looked better than he had all preseason, and made a few very good throws. Unfortunately, he wasn't good enough on third down and in crunch time. Garrard completed just 3 of 8 passes on third down for 18 yards (13 of which came on a screen pass). He converted no third downs passing in the entire second half (0-4). When crunch time came, Garrard played small as he was unable to move the team and his indecisiveness shined through.

Wide receivers: Torry Holt caught three passes for 47 yards, but was unable to bring in two big throws on third downs. Troy Williamson was a non-factor, as he slipped and fell on a targeted pass, and finished the day with just one catch for 10 yards. Marcedes Lewis caught three passes for 23 yards. No other receivers were a factor, mainly because the team didn't take any big shots down field and the passing game revolved around the check down pass to running backs.

Offensive line: The interior of the offensive line was dominant in the first half, and were able to dominate Indianapolis' smaller line, forcing them to put extra men at the line of scrimmage to stop MJD. The rookie tackles had an uneven day, as Eugene Monroe had his hands full with Dwight Freeney, who recorded one sack and was able to pressure the quarterback two other times. Eben Britton did a nice job against Pro Bowler Robert Mathis, who registered no sacks and two quarterback hits.

Overall: The Jaguars were not good enough in the passing game, and they weren't good enough on third down. When the defense allows just 14 points to an explosive Indianapolis offense, you should score enough to win.

If you look clearly at the box score, the Jaguars were significantly out-gained in terms of yardage, but a opportunistic defense kept the team in the game. The Jags defense, rookie corner Derek Cox in particular, forced two turnovers as they bent, but didn't break.

Defensive line: Derrick Harvey lined up far too wide in the 4-3 and took himself out of plays. Indianapolis made it a point to run the ball against him, and Jack Del Rio benched him for an extended period of time in the second half. Terrance Knighton did a solid job in the middle, as he played much bigger than his three tackles would suggest. John Henderson played fairly well, but wasn't an impact player, and Reggie Hayward recorded the team's only sack before leaving with what looks like a substantial ankle injury.

Linebackers: Justin Durant looked fast and active, and led the team with 11 tackles. Daryl Smith had an uneven day, as he recorded 10 tackles, but was unable to cover Dallas Clark (few are). Smith also missed a few tackles. Clint Ingram and Quentin Groves were solid, but missed some plays.

Corners: Derek Cox is the headliner, as he picked off Peyton Manning and scooped up a Joseph Addai fumble. He did get burned a bit as Reggie Wayne caught 10 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. Rashean Mathis played well, as he was strong in run support and solid in coverage. Tyron Brackenridge and Scott Starks played fairly well as they each recorded four tackles.

Sean Considine could be the new Deon Grant, as he was in position to make some big plays, but didn't. When playing a team like Indianapolis, you have to take advantage of any opportunities you get and Considine wasn't able to do so. Reggie Nelson was good in run support, but continues to bite on play-action fakes and helped give up a long touchdown to Reggie Wayne.

Special teams:
Punt coverage unit was good, allowing just 2.5 yards per punt return. Kickoff coverage allowed a big return by Chad Simpson (39 yards). Adam Podlesh punted well, putting two inside the 20-yard line, and booming another 57 yards. Josh Scobee was great on kickoffs, and hit both his make-able field goals (we're not counting the 63-yard miss).

Overall, the Jaguars defense was better than expected, and the offense was exactly as expected. The defense needs to capitalize on turnover possibilities, and the offense must do a better job on third down and making plays through the air.

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