The Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line shut out the Seattle Seahawks in terms of sacks. Zero sacks against a defense that had gotten 32 through 13 games. That’s... actually good.
The best offensive line in terms of shutting out opposing defensive lines came in 2002 when that squad had four games allowing zero sacks. This offensive line has already matched that record. We have three more games to break it.
So instead of breaking down sacks this week (since there weren’t any) let’s compare this year’s team at the beginning of the fourth quarter to the great offensive lines of Jaguars past.
Can this year’s offensive line break a franchise record?
It’ll be tough but it’s definitely doable. The Jaguars offensive line of the mid-2000’s was incredibly good, finishing near the top of the league in sacks allowed. They always hovered in the high 20’s and low 30’s in terms of how many sacks they’d give up in a year with 2003 being their crowning achievement — only 28 sacks allowed.
The Jaguars, however, are on pace to break that record. They’ve given up just 20 sacks in 14 games and are projected to finish with 23 sacks allowed. They would need to average three or more sacks per game every game for the rest of the year to not break the record.
They’ve only given up three or more sacks in three games this year.
What about the NFL record?
The Miami Dolphins still hold that record with only seven given up in 1988.
No, really. Seven.
2017 sack totals
Up next: The Houston Texans!