Sometimes numbers don’t tell the whole story, but in the Jaguars case, with a 10-4 record and on the verge of winning the AFC South, they certainly tell most of it .
Just how many ways have an are the Jaguars impressive statistically? Let’s take a look:
The Jags continue to lead the NFL with 51 Sacks and are now within 6 of the franchise record 57 from the 1999 team that finished 14-2.
Calais Campbell being named to the Pro Bowl earlier this week has 14 1/2 of those sacks-good enough for second in the NFL behind only Chandler Jones of the Cardinals (15). Campbell has clearly has brought positive impact to the defense overall on and off the field, since coming in as a free agent this year.
In terms of points allowed, Jacksonville still leads the league allowing only 14.9 per game. And a big part of holding the opponent’s scoring down, is Jacksonville’s NFL leading red zone defense.
The Jags have only allowed a stingy seven Red Zone touchdowns in just 20 attempts all season by the opponents. In fact, the Titans are the only team to score twice in the same game in the Red Zone against the Jaguars through 14 games.
In takeaways, the Jags are second with 31 total only behind the Ravens who have 33. And, both teams are tied with 20 interceptions to lead the NFL.
In addition to quite possibly having the Rookie of the Year in running back Leonard Fournette, who has five 100-yard games and clearly made an impact with the bruising and at time explosive ground game this season. Fournette has 923 yards rushing and is on the verge of being the first back to get 1,000 yards for Jacksonville since 2011 (Maurice Jones-Drew).
The excellent run game has helped the Jags in another important area: Sacks allowed.
Going into Sunday’s game in San Francisco the Jaguars have only allowed Blake Bortles to be sacked 21 times. That’s good enough for fourth in the NFL. The record for fewest sacks allowed by a Jags team is 28 in the 2003 season.
Want a clear indication of just how much better the sacks allowed stat is? In Bortles’ 2014 rookie season, he and the quarterbacks were sacked a franchise lowly record 71 times! That’s 50 fewer at the moment.
But, the most impressive of all the numbers is 10, as in the number of wins.
And, if it gets to 11 Sunday or in the final week of the season, Jacksonville is the AFC South Champs and hosting a playoff game.
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