A by-the-numbers offensive review of the Jaguars’ 12-7 season:

 

IN THE RANKINGS

The Jaguars’ team rankings at each of the season’s quarter poles:

Offense

|Yards (rank)|Points (rank)

Game 4|327.8 (18)|27.3 (5)

Game 8|367.4 (9)|25.8 (8)

Game 12|355.5 (11)|24.9 (7)

Final|365.9 (9)|26.1 (5)

PLAYING TIME

OFFENSE (1,324 snaps)

QB: Blake Bortles 1,301 and Chad Henne 23.

RB: Leonard Fournette 699, Tommy Bohanon 335, Chris Ivory 306, T.J. Yeldon 269 and Corey Grant 62.

WR: Marqise Lee 869, Keelan Cole 834, Allen Hurns 631, Dede Westbrook 515, Jaydon Mickens 101, Arrelious Benn 79, Max McCaffrey 18, Larry Pinkard 8 and Allen Robinson 3.

TE: Marcedes Lewis 1,016, Ben Koyack 473 and James O’Shaughnessy 288.

OL: A.J. Cann 1,231, Cam Robinson 1,145, Brandon Linder 1,123, Jermey Parnell 1,081, Patrick Omameh 1,057, Josh Wells 469, Tyler Shatley 384 and Chris Reed 213.

MAKING/STOPPING BIG PLAYS

Any rush of at least 12 yards and any completion of at least 16 yards are considered an “explosive” play.

Offense: The Jaguars had 137 explosive plays (92 passes/45 rushes) for an average of 7.2 per game. In 2015, they averaged 7.8 and that dipped to 6.7 in 2016. The Jaguars had a combined 56 explosive rush plays in 2015-16.

The Jaguars scored 47 offensive touchdowns (up from 40 in 2015 and 34 in 2016).

The average length of the 24 passing touchdowns was 12.0 yards (only two of longer than 25 yards) and down from 16.7 in 2015 and 13.1 in 2016.

The Jaguars’ 23 rushing touchdowns averaged 15.3 yards (up from 11.0 in 2016). They had four touchdown rushes of at least 56 yards and 10 one-yard touchdown rushes.

The Jaguars had only seven touchdowns of at least 20 yards, up from 2016 (eight) but down from 2015 (10).

WR Keelan Cole led the team with 18 explosive catches, followed by WR Marqise Lee (14), WR Allen Hurns (13), WR Dede Westbrook (11) and TE Marcedes Lewis (10).

RB Leonard Fournette led the Jaguars with 18 explosive rushes, followed by QB Blake Bortles (12) and RB T.J. Yeldon (five).

BLAKE BORTLES FILE

For the regular season …

Distance of his 21 touchdown passes: 1, 7, 17, 5, 30, 4, 10, 22, 5, 3, 6, 10, 4, 5, 8, 18, 75, 5, 14, 9 and 11 yards.

Passing yards: 3,687 (11th in the NFL).

Completions/Attempts:315/523 (14th/11th).

Completion percentage: 60.2 (24th).

Touchdowns: 21 (16th).

Interceptions: 18 (tied for seventh).

Passer rating: 84.7 (20th).

Completions of at least 20 yards: 41 (15th).

Completions of at least 40 yards: Seven (tied for 17th).

Attempts per game: 32.7 (20th).

Red zone passer rating: 106.1 (eighth).

Including the playoffs, Bortles committed 16 turnovers (13 interceptions/three fumbles) compared to 22 turnovers (16/six) last year. Six of his interceptions were in opponent’s territory (none in the red zone) and two of his fumbles were in opponent’s territory. Only one of Bortles’ interceptions was returned for a touchdown (50 yards at San Francisco), bringing his career total to 12.

Including the playoffs, Bortles was 38-of-105 passing in attempts that traveled more than 15 yards in the air.

DROPPED PASSES

In the regular season, Stats, Inc., booked the Jaguars with 26 dropped passes (tied for fifth-most in the NFL). Our 19-game charting gave the Jaguars 31 dropped passes (up from 27 last year):

Marqise Lee 7, Keelan Cole 4, Leonard Fournette 3, Dede Westbrook 3, Marcedes Lewis 3, James O’Shaughnessy 2, T.J. Yeldon 2, Tommy Bohanon 2, Allen Hurns 2, Arrelious Benn 1, Ben Koyack 1, Jaydon Mickens 1,

BORTLES UNDER PRESSURE

In 19 games, opponents rushed at least five players at Blake Bortles on 197 of his 688 drop-backs – 28.6 percent.

The season-by-season rates in Bortles’ career – 31.6 (2014), 33.2 (2015) and 29.3 (2016).

High percentage this year: Houston in Week 1 – 52.2 percent (12 of 23 drop-backs); Week 11 at Cleveland – 51.5 percent (17 of 33).

Low percentage this year: By Indianapolis in Week 7 – 13.8 percent (4 of 29 drop-backs) and Week 14 vs. Seattle – 14.3 percent (4 of 28).

(In the playoffs, teams dialed up the pressure – 33.3 percent against Buffalo, Pittsburgh and New England.)

When teams rushed at least five players at Bortles, he was 86-of-165 passing for 1,131 yards, 12 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 90.7 rating. Last year, his rating was 73.02. A big improvement was pass protection/pocket awareness against the blitz. Last year, Bortles was sacked 12 times against the blitz, but only three times this year.

The Jaguars lowered their sack total for the third straight year – 71 (2014) to 51 (2015) to 34 (2016) to 24 (2017).

PROTECTING BORTLES

For the second year, the Times-Union charted quarterback knockdowns and pressures in addition to the sacks (including playoffs). Here are the top eight:

Player|Sacks|Knockdowns|Hurries|Total

Unblocked player|4|13|25|42

Cam Robinson|4|17|23.5|40.5

Josh Wells|2.5|13|11|26.5

Jermey Parnell|3.5|5|14.5|19

A.J. Cann|0.5|7.5|10|18

Patrick Omameh|4.5|2.5|7|14

Brandon Linder|0|3.5|3|6.5|13

Chris Reed|2|0|6|8

Total|29|72|120|221

*We booked Bortles for a single sack, but one sack for Tyler Shatley, one for Leonard Fournette, 1.5 for T.J. Yeldon and one tor Tommy Bohanon.

RUN-GAME RECAP

The Jaguars completed their climb up the run-game rankings – from 27th in 2015 to 22nd in 2016 to first this year at 141.4 yards per game.

The Jaguars rushed for at least 100 yards in 11 of 16 games.

The Jaguars posted at least 30 rushing attempts in nine regular season games and went 8-1.

Leonard Fournette regular season statistics: Carries 268 (seventh-most), yards 1,040 (eighth-most), per carry average 3.9 (tied for 26th), rushing touchdowns 9 (tied for third-most) and longest run 90 yards at Pittsburgh (longest in NFL).

Percentage of rushing plays: 1. Jaguars 48.9; 2. Buffalo 48.2.

Rushing attempts: 1. Jaguars 527; 2. Minnesota 501.

Yards per rushing attempt: T1. Kansas City/New Orleans 4.7; T7. Jaguars 4.3.

Rushing touchdowns: 1. New Orleans 23; T2. Jaguars 18.

10-yard rushing plays: 1. Philadelphia 64; T14. Jaguars 48.

20-yard rushing plays: 1. Philadelphia 19; 7. Jaguars 13.

First-and-10 rushing yards: 1. Dallas 1,173; 6. Jaguars 1,021.

We booked the Jaguars 207 “bad” run plays in the regular season – carries that gained 2 or fewer yards (not including short-yardage/goal-line).

The breakdown: Unblocked player 67.5, RG A.J. Cann 21, C Brandon Linder 18, LT Cam Robinson 16, TE Marcedes Lewis 14, LG Patrick Omameh 14.5, RT Jermey Parnell 13.5, TE Ben Koyack 10, G Chris Reed 8.5 and FB Tommy Bohanon 8. … Seven players were booked for fewer than five “bad” rush plays.

The high game for “bad” rushes: At Cleveland (22).

The low game for “bad” rushes: Vs. Tennessee and at Tennessee (eight apiece).

TAKE AND PROTECT

In the regular season, the Jaguars were plus-10 in turnover ratio, tied for fifth-best in the NFL. (In the playoffs, they were plus-5, which leads the NFL entering the Super Bowl).

The Jaguars had 33 takeaways and 23 giveaways. The takeaway total was a franchise record, breaking the mark set in 1998, ’99, 2000 and ’07 (30).

The Jaguars had at least one takeaway in 14 of 16 games; they were shutout in wins over Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

The plus-10 turnover margin was tied for fourth-best in franchise history (they were plus-12 in 1999 and 2002 and plus-11 in ’05). In 2016, the Jaguars finished 30th in turnover ratio (minus-16; 13 takeaways and 29 giveaways). They were 25th in 2014 (minus-6) and 29th in 2015 (minus-10).

The Jaguars’ 21 interceptions in the regular season were a franchise record.

The Jaguars led the NFL in points off turnovers – 137, ahead of Baltimore (121) and the Los Angeles Rams (119) – in the regular season. Included were six defensive touchdowns.

The Jaguars were 7-1 when they won the turnover battle, 2-4 when they lost it and 1-1 when it was even. (They won the turnover battle in all three playoff games.)

Only 11 teams had more turnovers than the Jaguars’ offense/special teams. But opponents scored only 49 points off the 23 giveaways … and 21 came by San Francisco in Week 16.

FLAGS FLYING

The Jaguars’ 112 enforced penalties in the regular season were 11th–most in the NFL and down from their franchise-record 126 in 2016.

The Jaguars’ 936 penalty yards were 15th-most in the NFL were down from 1,178 in 2016 (second-most in the league).

Forty-three Jaguars players had at least one enforced penalty.

Individual penalty leaders: LT Cam Robinson 9, DE Dante Fowler 7, DE Yannick Ngakoue 7, TE Marcedes Lewis 6, CB A.J. Bouye 5 and WR Marqise Lee 5.

The most common penalties were false start (22) and offensive holding (17).

The regular season high penalty games were 12 at San Francisco in Week 16 and 10 apiece in Week 1 at Houston and Week 2 vs. Tennessee. The high-yardage game was 106 against the Chargers (on nine penalties).

Jaguars opponents were called for 112 penalties totaling 1,050 yards.

On the personal foul front, the Jaguars were called for unnecessary roughness (five), unsportsmanlike conduct (four), face-mask (three) and taunting (three).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Where the Jaguars ranked to the NFL leader in several statistical categories during the regular season:

25-yard completions: 1. New England 41; T24. Jaguars 23.

Pass attempts: 1. New York Giants 608; T21. Jaguars 527.

Passing touchdowns: 1. Philadelphia 38; T20. Jaguars 21.

Interceptions for: 1. Baltimore 22; 2. Jaguars 21.

Lost fumbles: T1. Rams/Oakland/Washington 14; T12. Jaguars 10.

IN THE RED ZONE (OFFENSE)

The Jaguars’ offense finished second in red zone touchdown percentage (32 touchdowns in 50 trips – 64 percent), behind only NFC champion Philadelphia (36 of 55 – 65.5 percent).

(In three playoff games, the Jaguars scored a touchdown on each of their eight red zone possessions.)

Last year, the Jaguars were 11th in red zone TD rate (60.0 – 24 of 40).

The Jaguars had at least one red zone possession in every game this year and they were 100 percent in the red zone in six regular season games – vs. Tennessee (2 of 2), at Pittsburgh (1 of 1), at Cleveland (1 of 1), at Arizona (2 of 2), vs. Houston (6 of 6) and at San Francisco (4 of 4).

In the regular season, QB Blake Bortles was 30-of-53 passing in the red zone (56.6 completion rate was 11th-best in the NFL) with 18 touchdown passes and no interceptions. In the playoffs, Bortles was 3-of-5 passing with two touchdown passes.

DRIVE ENGINEERING

Not including end-of-half/end-of-game kneel-downs, the Jaguars had 225 offensive drives in the regular season/playoffs.

Three-and-out (punts only): Fifty-four (up from 41 last year).

Ten-play drives: Thirty-one (up from 27 last year).

Started in opponent’s territory: Twenty-two (up from 10 last year).

At least six minutes in duration: Fourteen.

At least 75 yards gained: Thirty.

Longest drives: Duration – 8:52 against Buffalo in the wild card game; 16 plays at San Francisco; and 98 yards at Pittsburgh (first meeting).

THIRD DOWN OFFENSE

The Jaguars finished the regular season 20th in third down rate (37.4 percent), up from 29th in 2016 (35.3 percent) and 26th (35.1 percent) in 2015.

Including the playoffs, the Jaguars were 101 of 268 (37.7 percent).

A breakdown:

3 or fewer yards to go: 42 of 68 (61.2 percent), significantly improved from 2015 (52.2 percent) and 2016 (52.8 percent).

4-7 yards to go: 33 of 91 (36.3 percent), down from 52.2 percent (2015) and 41.6 percent (2016).

8 or more yards to go: 25 of 109 (22.9 percent), improved from 21.4 percent in 2015 and 16.4 percent in 2016.

The Jaguars needed eight or more yards on 40.7 percent of their third-down attempts, up from 35.7 percent in 2016 and down slightly from 2015 (40.9 percent).

The longest third-down conversion was a third-and-15 (Marqise Lee 16-yard catch against the Los Angeles Rams).

The Jaguars converted at least half of their third down chances in four regular season games (6 of 12 at Pittsburgh, 8 of 14 at Indianapolis, 12 of 18 vs. Cincinnati and 9 of 15 vs. Indianapolis) and one playoff game (8 of 14 at Pittsburgh).