The Jacksonville Jaguars did it. They actually did it. They clinched a spot in the playoffs behind incredible quarterbacking by Blake Bortles, a defense that can’t help itself from forcing turnovers, and special teams hitting on all cylinders.
How did our friends at Pro Football Focus feel we did? Let’s find out.
Week 15 Jaguars offensive stats
- QB Blake Bortles was superb for the second week running. Bortles earned an overall PFF grade of 84.5, the best by a quarterback on Sunday. He was excellent throwing the ball downfield against the Texans as he threw for 114 yards on passes targeted 20 plus yards downfield which was more than any other quarterback. His passer rating of 118.8 on such passes was fourth best of Week 15.
- No quarterback was better than Bortles when throwing from a clean pocket in Week 15. Bortles had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when not pressured as he completed 14 of his 16 attempts for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He was also one of the more accurate quarterbacks from a clean pocket as his 87.5 adjusted completion percentage ranked fourth.
- WR Keelan Cole was the highest graded receiver of Week 15. Cole earned a PFF overall grade of 92 as he caught six of his eight targets for 144 yards and a touchdown. Cole had one of the best WR ratings of Week 15 versus the Texans as 156.3 which was the fourth highest. Cole has really impressed over the las three weeks as he leads the NFL with a 158.3 WR rating.
- Cole had his best production working the slot where he ran 51.9 percent of his routes on Sunday. From the slot position Cole caught four of his six targets and his 68 yards were the fifth most in the slot by a receiver in Week 15. He averaged 4.86 yards per route run from the slot versus the Texans which ranked third.
- The offensive line was had one of their best performances of the season in Week 15. With only six total pressures allowed on 30 passing plays the Jaguars had the sixth best pass-blocking efficiency of any team in Week 15 at 85.0. The Jaguars offensive line didn’t allow a single sack versus the Texans on Sunday.
Week 15 Jaguars defensive stats
- The defense was led by edge defender Yannick Ngakoue who was the Jaguars highest graded player on defense. Ngakoue had the fifth highest overall grade of any edge defender in Week 15 at 86.7. He compiled four total pressures versus the Texans, three of which were hits on the QB on just 27 pass rush snaps.
- CB Aaron Colvin was in good form defending the slot in Week 15. Colvin only allowed a passer rating of 70.1 when targeted in the positon, giving up just nine yards on three targets. Colvin had the eighth highest grade by a corner this week at 83.7 due to his strong work in coverage with an 82.6 coverage grade
- Safety Tashaun Gibson was one of the best safeties in run defense on Sunday. Gibson earned an excellent run defense grade of 85.5 versus the Texans as he had two stops in run defense on 21 run snaps. His run stop percentage of 9.5 was the eight best by a safety this week, but his work within eight yards of the line of scrimmage gave Gibson the third best run stop percentage at 20 percent.
- Interior defender Malik Jackson had yet another dominant game getting after the QB. Jackson earned the 14th highest grade this week by an interior defender (81.3) this was mostly due to his performance rushing the passer. Jackson had a pass rush grade of 83.9 versus the Texans as he collected three total pressures. He had the fifth highest pass-rushing productivity of any defensive tackle in Week 15 at 10.9.
- It wasn’t just Ngakoue that gave the Texans problems when rushing the passer. Edge defender Calais Campbell also excelled rushing the passer, he too had four total pressures on Sunday on 21 pass rush snaps. His pass-rushing productivity rating 15.5 was the seventh best by a 4-3 defensive end on Sunday.