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Jaguars vs. Cardinals: PFF notes and grades after Week 12 loss

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The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to an underwhelming Arizona Cardinals team last night and the loss is squarely (mostly) on the offense’s shoulders. You can’t go 1-for-12 on third downs and expect to win an NFL game.

Let’s do a deep dive — how did the team fare according to grades and notes from Pro Football Focus?

Week 12 Jaguars offensive stats

  • WR Keelan Cole had an impressive outing versus the Cardinals. The receiver was the Jaguars’ highest-graded offensive player with an overall PFF grade of 78.6 which was the 12th-highest grade by a receiver in Week 12. Cole played 57 snaps which was the second-most he has manged in a game this season being targeted seven times and making three receptions.
  • QB Blake Bortles struggled all game. His overall PFF grade of 44.5 ranked 24th among quarterbacks in Week 12. He really struggled throwing the deep ball on Sunday as he was unable to complete any of his three attempts 20 or more yards downfield. His passer rating on deep passes of 39.6 was tied for the second lowest this week.
  • QB Blake Bortles really struggled passing from a clean pocket on Sunday. His passer rating when doing so of 64.6 was the fourth lowest by a quarterback in Week 12 as he only completed 17 of his 27 attempts for zero touchdowns and one interception. His adjusted completion percentage from a clean pocket of 65.4 percent was the sixth lowest.
  • The offensive line did a solid job of keeping Bortles clean for the majority of the game. Their eight total pressures surrendered were the 10th lowest of Week 12 and they only gave up one sack on 37 passing plays. The line’s pass blocking efficiency of 83.1 was the 12th-best on Sunday.
  • WR Dede Westbrook looked great working in the slot. The receiver caught all three of his targets from the position against the Jaguars, his three reception were the seventh-most by a receiver in Week 12. He was also efficient running routes from the slot, with five yards per route run. Westbrook had the eighth-best yard per route run from the slot among receivers on Sunday.

Week 12 Jaguars defensive stats

  • The defense really struggled to get pressure on Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert on Sunday. Gabbert only faced pressure on 20.9 percent of his dropbacks versus the Jaguars which was the fifth lowest rate of any quarterback. The Jaguars defense only totalled 12 total pressures which is the third-lowest total they have managed all season.
  • Defensive end Calais Campbell was the Jaguars’ highest graded player Sunday. His PFF overall grade of 88.3 was the fourth-best by an edge defender in Week 12. He dominated in the run game with a run defense grade of 90.2 collecting two stops on his 17 run snaps.
  • LB Telvin Smith continued his excellent season with a 78.3 overall grade. He had a really strong performance in run defense with a run defense grade of 86.7. Smith had the second best run stop percentage of any 4-3 outside linebacker in Week 12 with 21.4. Smith had three stops on just 14 snaps in run defense.
  • Saftey Barry Church had one of his worst games of the season Sunday particularly in coverage. Church’s coverage grade of 45.1 was one of the lowest by a safety in week 12, he allowed four of his five targets to be caught and his 91 yards allowed were the most by a safety. He also gave up the third-most yards per cover snap at 2.22.
  • CB Jalen Ramsey got back to his dominant ways in Week 12. He was the sixth-highest graded corner on Sunday with an overall PFF grade of 87.8, Ramsey only gave up four yards on three receptions and Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert only had a passer rating of 64.6 when targeting Ramsey which is the best rating Ramsey has achieved since Week 9.