Jaguars Statistical Breakdown

The Jaguars have been a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde type of team this season as they've gutted out some tough wins at home and had some blowout losses on the road. JagNation will break down where the Jaguars major deficiencies are happening and where they excel.

Red Zone is the Dead Zone

It sounds pretty basic, but the Jaguars are simply not scoring enough points. To borrow a phrase from the great Vince Lombardi, the Jaguars offense has been able to "matriculate the football down the field," as referenced by their overall offensive ranking which is 12th in the NFL. Unfortunately, they are just 22nd in scoring, averaging only 18.4 points per game. No team in the NFL has a 10-spot disparity in the yardage to scoring rankings, telling us that the team somehow locks up when it gets into the red zone.

"We get down there, have our opportunities, and we're not able to get in the end zone," Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said after Sunday's most recent loss in which the Jaguars were 0-4 in the red zone."

There are several reasons for the Jaguars red zone mishaps, but it would be difficult to blame the running game, as Maurice Jones-Drew leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 13. Overall, the Jaguars have scored touchdowns on just 15 of 34 red zone trips, but what's disturbing is that they lead the NFL in red zone turnovers with eight. Not to pick out just one player, but quarterback David Garrard leads the NFL in fumbles, and he is completing just 50% of his red zone throws with only four passing touchdowns in 11 games. His rating of 83.0 is very low considering many red zone throws should end up as touchdowns.

"Just on third downs or red zone, we were pathetic," Jaguars quarterback David Garrard said following Sunday's loss.


Different Guy on the Road

Most teams have better statistics at home, but the difference in the Jaguars offense is night and day. Jacksonville is averaging just under 14 points per game on the road and nearly 24 points per game at home. The biggest difference has been quarterback play. At home, David Garrard has been a fairly efficient 119/180 passing (66.1%) for 1419 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions for a passer rating of 93.7 in just five games. On the road, Garrard has completed 105 of 178 throws (59.0%) for 1191 yards with just one touchdown and two interceptions for a quarterback rating of 76.3. What's disturbing is the 1191 yards passing compared to the 1419 yards in one extra game. Garrard has lost five fumbles on the road to go with his two interceptions. His passer rating of 93.7 at home would rank him 12th in the NFL, but his passer rating of 76.3 on the road puts him 23rd in the league.

"I have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, knowing that people are around me by either tucking it away or getting the ball out faster," Garrard said.

The good news for the Jaguars is that three of their final five games are at home and one of their remaining two road games is against the hapless Cleveland Browns who just placed their best player, defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, on the IR.


Another Different Guy on the Road

The Jaguars have won four of their first five home games and have dropped four of six road contests, but don't look to the production of Maurice Jones-Drew to justify that. On the road, the Jags dynamic back has gained 625 yards on 103 carries, an average of 6.1 yards per carry. Seven of Jones-Drew's 13 touchdowns have come away from the friendly confines of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. At home, Jones-Drew has rushed for just 376 yards on 106 carries for an average of 3.5 yards per carry.

Although he's averaging 6.1 yards per carry in road games, Jones-Drew is only getting an average of 17 carries per game. When Jones-Drew gets more than 20 carries per game, the Jaguars have a 5-1 record.

"It is frustrating not being a balanced offense," Jones-Drew said.

It doesn't seem like rocket science, the more touches Jones-Drew gets, the better the chance of the Jaguars winning.


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