The Jacksonville Jaguars are sincerely now not taking care of the soccer this season. Want to know a massive cause why they take a seat at three-4, in 1/3 vicinity within the morass that is the AFC South and a game out of the closing area? Start right here.
We can dispense with the coolest pretty quickly. Kicker Josh Lambo is 8-for-8 on field-intention tries this season. The defense has pressured stops on 3 of combatants’ five fourth-down tries. That’s approximately all Jacksonville’s positives we are able to extol that relate to our True Turnovers metric this season.
It’s a massive motive they have got misplaced 3 straight after a 3-1 begin. After four video games, the Jaguars have been at an internet zero in the True Turnover differential. They had misplaced four fumbles, thrown three interceptions and ignored on one fourth-down attempt; the Jaguars had compelled two combatants fumbles, one interception, two missed FG tries and 3 fourth-down stops.
But inside the 3 video games on account that then? The Jaguars are a whopping minus-12. That’s a mean of 4 net possessions they have given away. When you pressure simplest two True Turnovers (one selected, one fumble) with your supposedly high-quality protection and additionally hand opponents 14 True Turnovers (4 fumbles, six INTs, four fourth-down failures) in any such quick span, it is not surprising they had pass 0-3 in the one’s games.
One purpose why the Jaguars went 10-6 final season, en route to an appearance within the AFC title recreation, changed into due to the fact they took care of the football. Jacksonville became plus-11 in 2017, which was tied for 8th within the NFL. They pressured the 6th-most True Turnovers (forty-two) and did not dedicate a ton of their own (31, which turned into tied for tenth fewest).
It won’t be beautiful that QB Blake Bortles, who changed into many of the NFL’s turnover leaders previous to 2017, has reverted back to his antique approaches a chunk. He’s thrown 8 of the team’s 9 picks (backup Cody Kessler tossed one in relief of Bortles on Sunday) and misplaced 3 of the five fumbles he’s placed on the floor. Bortles also has simplest transformed one of his four fourth-down bypass tries, although to be truthful he’s 2-for-2 whilst walking on fourth downs, inclusive of a TD.
But it’s as an alternative stunning to see the Jaguars desiring 32 True Turnovers on defense in their very last 9 games to healthy remaining 12 months’ pace. This turned into a unit that returned the sizable majority of its skills, which turned into touted as elite coming into the season. Some of the group’s protective numbers are the first rate, however, this unit absolutely isn’t creating the big performs vital to earn that popularity in 2018.
Likewise, the offense has to best commit 9 True Turnovers — one in keeping with the game — from right here on out to hit their 2017 total. That feels distinct not likely, whether or no longer Bortles can preserve his activity the rest of the season.