Though the Jaguars were able to pass the football effectively against the Ravens, especially in the fourth quarter, their rushing attack was essentially non-existent.
Jaguars running back Travis Etienne played just five snaps prior to exiting the contest with a foot injury but should be fine to play this Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Jacksonville totaled just 38 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Backup running back JaMycal Hasty totaled 28 rushing yards on 12 attempts.
The 38 rushing yards marked the lowest total by the team in a victory in its history. The previous low was set by the 1997 Jaguars in a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers with just 40 rushing yards.
“We’d like to get more out of the run game, but you’re playing a really good run defense. Sometimes you have to do what works and throwing the football yesterday was the deal,” Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said Monday.
Though Sunday was primarily about the Jacksonville offense, the team’s defense also stood up at key moments, especially Jaguars linebacker Foye Oluokun.
Oluokun set a career-high with 13 solo tackles. His previous high came in 2020 against the Carolina Panthers as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Oluokun’s 18 total tackles were also a career-high. His previous high was set this season in the Jaguars’ 29-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“If I read it right and get to the ball, that’s what I do for my team,” Oluokun said after the game Sunday.
Jacksonville deployed a unique grouping Sunday, playing with three safeties for the majority of the contest. Rookie third-round pick LB Chad Muma earned his first start, playing over a benched first-round LB Devin Lloyd.
Muma played every snap for Jacksonville (72), while Lloyd played a season-low 27 snaps. Muma totaled four solo tackles and nine total tackles.
The Jaguars are back in the positive when it comes to the turnover differential with +2 on the season, meaning two more turnovers forced by the Jaguars’ defense than given by the team’s offense.
On Sunday, Jacksonville recovered two fumbles, one forced by defensive lineman DaVon Hamilton, the other by safety Andrew Wingard, who played a season-high 34 defensive snaps on Sunday.
Wingard totaled three tackles and a forced fumble in the team’s win.
The Jaguars forced three total fumbles. Safety Rayshawn Jenkins forced a fumble, but the team wasn’t able to recover it.
Jacksonville lost a fumble late in the contest near the end of the third quarter after Lawrence was sacked by Ravens LB Tyus Bowser. The ball was recovered by Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters.
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