The Jaguars defense is setting all sorts of franchise records in 2017, and are putting the NFL on notice. Sure, the Jaguars were embarrassed in the second half of their 31-16 week two loss to the Titans, but every great defense has it's moments of vulnerability (see Jimmy Smith putting up 291 yards against the 2000 Ravens). As a whole, this defense has been one of the most dominant units in all of football. They've played 12 quarters and have absolutely dominated 10 of them -- Not too shabby.
So, let's take a look at some of the impressive numbers the Jaguars defense has put up to this point.
Yesterday, against Joe Flacco and the Ravens, the Jaguars held Joe to the worst QB rating in the NFL this year and his worst statistical performance of his entire career!
The Jaguars, as a team, lead the league in sacks with 13, and have added numerous more QB pressures. They have a two sack lead on the Kansas City Chiefs. Speaking of sacks, Calais Campbell is in second place in the NFL with 4.5 sacks on the year. He's been aided by Yannick Ngakoue, who has two sacks; Dante Fowler, who was two sacks; Malik Jackson, who was a sack and a half; and several other contributors including Abry Jones and Lerentee McCray.
In terms of total yards allowed the Jaguars defense is off to a torrid start. The Jaguars are tops in the NFL in terms of yards allowed through the air, giving up just 124 yards a game passing and as a whole the defense ranks third, allowing opponents just under 260 total yards a game.
On the turnover front, things couldn't be going much better for a Jaguars defense that has struggled to take the ball away from opponents for the better part of a decade. The Jaguars have recorded four interceptions - good enough for third in the NFL. They're even better in the forced fumble department, also totaling four on the year - good enough for second in the NFL.
Points Per Game? Yep, the Jaguars are doing just fine in that category too. At 17 PPG allowed the Jaguars sit at fourth best in the NFL.
With several new starters, and a bevy of ascending young talents, it's easy to predict that the Jaguars defense will only get better as the season progresses. What will they be able to accomplish next week against a Jets offense that's averaging just 17 PPG? Stay tuned!
Are you pleased as punch with the Jaguars defense to this point (Hint: You Are!)? Let us know in the comments below!
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