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Jaguars vs. Browns: PFF notes and grades after Week 11 win

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The Jacksonville Jaguars won (again!) and the offense played pretty badly (again!) to allow for the defense to bail them out (again!) while being put at a disadvantage by the NFL and referees at the game...


How did the team fare against the Cleveland Browns? Let’s look at the grades and notes from Pro Football Focus:

Week 11 Jaguars offensive stats

  • QB Blake Bortles had an average game in the win against the Browns. He earned an overall PFF grade of 73.2 which only ranked 15th among quarterbacks this week. One area of his game which was impressive was his adjusted completion percentage which was the eighth best in Week 11 at 75 percent. Blake was smart with the football avoiding turnovers and throwing two passes away when under pressure.
  • One area Bortles struggled with was his throws getting batted down at the line of scrimmage. Against the Browns in Week 11, Bortles had three pass batted at the line of scrimmage the most of any quarterback on Sunday. This is the second time this season where Bortles has had three passes batted and he now has 12 on the season, only Matt Stafford has more with 13.
  • Fournette surpassed the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season, carrying the ball 20-plus times for the fifth time this year in a workhorse performance. He broke three tackles and made the most from some sketchy run blocking at times. More than 50 percent of his rushing yards came after first contact, taking the attack to the Browns run defense to keep the Jaguars’ offense ticking over with Blake Bortles not trusted to make too many decisive plays in the second half.
  • Offensive tackle Cam Robinson continues to struggle in pass protection, with four total pressures surrendered against the Brown Robinson has now given up 16 total pressures in the last three weeks combined, this is the same amount of pressures he allowed in his first seven games. His overall grade of 38.7 was the second lowest on the team Sunday as he wasn’t much better in the run game with a run block grade of 37.8.
  • In a game with not too many great offensive performances it was TE Marcedes Lewis who was the Jaguars highest graded offensive player with an overall grade of 76. His grade was the seventh highest by a tight end in Week 11 as he played 67 out of a total of 78 snaps being asked to run block on 39 of these compared to only 25 where he went out on a passing route.

Week 11 Jaguars defensive stats

  • Edge defender Yannick Ngakoue had one of his best games of the season, his 85.3 overall PFF grade was the best by a Jaguars player on Sunday and was the third-best by an edge defender. Ngakoue’s three sacks were the most in a single game for him this season with two of them forcing fumbles. His 15.0 pass-rush productivity rating was the second best by a 4-3 defensive end in Week 11.
  • The defense pressured Kizer on 41% of his dropbacks which was the fourth highest rate in Week 11, the Jaguars defense had 18 total pressures against the Browns with interior defender Malik Jackson earning five of them on 32 pass rush snaps. His five total pressures were the second most by a defensive tackle on Sunday and his pass-rush productivity rating of 12.5 was the third highest.
  • Safety Tashuan Gipson impressed versus the Browns particularly in run defense where he collected two stops. Both this stops came within eight yards of the line of scrimmage which gave him a run stop percentage of 22.2 percent within eight yards of the line of scrimmage, the second highest by a safety on Sunday. This stat is even more impressive when you consider he only spent 56.3 percent of his snaps within eight yards which only ranked 23rd among 47 safeties in Week 11.
  • Cornerback A.J Bouye had one of his best performances in coverage versus the Browns (81.6 pass coverage grade). Bouye was targeted four times by the Browns but only allowed two of them to be complete for only 16 yards he also picked off one pass thrown his way. Kizer had a passer rating of 20.8 when targeting Bouye which is the second best rating Bouye has achieved all season.
  • It was an excellent day for cornerback Aaron Colvin working the slot. Colvin played the third most snaps of any player in the position Sunday (32) but only gave up one reception for five yards on his five targets for a passer rating of 39.6 which was the lowest rating in Week 11.