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A Look At 2022: Statistically Speaking

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans

January 7, 2023
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans January 7, 2023

JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars' 2022 season was about more than numbers.

But make no mistake:

A remarkable 2022 season that featured the Jaguars' first AFC South title in five seasons – and a first-round playoff victory – also absolutely featured some remarkable statistics that defined one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history.

Here are the statistics that shaped the Jaguars' '22 season:

  1. Five comebacks from 80 points behind. If the 2022 Jaguars were the most exciting team in franchise history, it's because they were the best come-from-behind team in franchise history. And it was the Jaguars' remarkable ability to rally late in games that defined the late-season run to the postseason. The Jaguars rallied from a total deficit of 80 points to win their last five home games – 17 points in a 27-20 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders, nine points in a 28-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, 17 points in a 40-34 overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys, 10 points in a 20-16 victory to clinch the AFC South in the regular-season finale against the Tennessee Titans and 27 points in a 31-30 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC Wild Card Playoff game.
  2. Twenty-five and eight. The primary Jaguars 2022 storyline aside from the team's turnaround was the individual turnaround of second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who reduced mistakes and increased productivity from a difficult 2021 rookie season. That progress was defined by his touchdown-interception ratio. The No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, Lawrence passed for 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions as a rookie. He passed for 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his second season, including 15 touchdowns with two interceptions as the Jaguars won seven of their final nine regular-season games. Lawrence also improved his passer rating from 71.9 in 2021 to 95.2 in 2022, the fifth-largest improvement in NFL history from a player's first to second season.
  3. Twenty-seven. The Jaguars weren't always dominant defensively in 2022. But they were a strikingly opportunistic defense, particularly in clutch moments. Safety Rayshawn Jenkins turned in one of the biggest moments of the season when he returned an interception 52 yards for a game-winning overtime touchdown against the Cowboys. He turned in another by forcing a fumble that outside linebacker Josh Allen returned 37 yards for a game-winning touchdown with 2:51 remaining in the regular-season finale against Tennessee. The Jaguars for the season forced 27 turnovers. That was tied for fourth-most in the NFL, a remarkable turnaround from the league-low nine the unit forced in 2021.
  4. Seventy-plus for the newcomers. NFL free agents aren't always uber-productive in their first seasons with new teams. But the Jaguars' offense improved dramatically in 2023 – and three pass-catching free agents were a huge reason. Wide receiver Zay Jones, wide receiver Christian Kirk and tight end Evan Engram – all of whom signed with the Jaguars as unrestricted free agents in the 2022 offseason – all caught more than 70 passes in 2022, making the Jaguars one of two NFL teams in 2022 with three players with 70-or-more receptions. It also was the first time in franchise history three players had more than 70 receptions in a season. Kirk caught 84 passes for 1,108 yards and eight touchdowns. Jones caught 82 passes for 823 yards and five touchdowns. Engram caught 73 passes for 766 yards and four touchdowns. That accounted for 44 percent of the team's yards and 37 percent of its touchdowns.
  5. Scoring offense and total offense. The Jaguars improved from 2021 to 2022 in multiple areas, but perhaps nowhere as much as overall offensive effectiveness. The Jaguars, after ranking 27th in the NFL in total yards in 2021 at 305 yards per game, spent the entire 2022 season ranked in the Top 10-to-15 teams in the NFL in yards and finished ninth in the NFL with 357 yards per game. They also ranked 10th in scoring with 23.8 points per game after ranking last in 2021 at 14.9 points per game.
  6. First in the league – again. The Jaguars' productive free-agent signings weren't just on offense. Inside linebacker Foye Olukoun, who signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Atlanta Falcons during the 2022 offseason, led the NFL in tackles in 2022 with 184 and in solo tackles with 128. It marked the second consecutive season Oluokun led the NFL in tackles.
  7. Five point one. The pass-catchers weren't the only newcomers making an impact for the Jaguars offensively. Running back Travis Etienne Jr., the No. 25 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft who missed his rookie season with a Lisfranc injury, took over as the starting running back in Week 6 and emerged as one of the NFL's best young big-play running backs with nine runs of 25 or more yards – including a critical 25-yard run on fourth-and-one to set up the game-winning field goal in the postseason victory over the Chargers. Etienne for the season rushed for 1,125 yards and five touchdowns on 220 carries and his 5.1-yards-per-carry average ranked fourth in the NFL.

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