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Week 15 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 20, Oakland Raiders 16

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Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars may have picked up their first win in almost 50 days when they defeated the Oakland Raiders 20-16 in a comeback victory. While Jacksonville scores 17 unanswered points in the second half, it was a tough day for the offense after being held to only two first downs and three points at halftime. A string of drives in the second half and improved red zone passing got the offense moving in the second half though, resulting in a game-winning touchdown drive.

Oakland Raiders

-Derek Carr played well but the offense got too conservative in the second half while trying to run out the clock.

-Josh Jacobs was a workhorse (26 touches) despite playing through a serious shoulder injury. He didn’t break off any big plays but was consistently productive.

-Darren Waller was the go-to pass catcher, seeing over 30% of the targets and racking up nearly half of the receiving yardage on the day.

-Aside from Waller, Carr spread it around. Eight different pass catchers saw either two or three targets each

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Gardner Minshew, 57 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 29 - 201 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 27 - 0
Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew had a lackadaisical start to the game as Jacksonville tried to stretch the field early on. He did make a great third down throw to Keelan Cole for a 55-yard gain on the game's first drive, an impressive throw to a wide open Cole despite Minshew being hit as he threw. He completed only two other passes in the first half though, ending the half 3/10 for 69 yards. He had issues with accuracy downfield and to the sidelines, often sailing a pass because of pressure.

He was on fire in the second half though Get to a more quick passing offense. Miss you look more comfortable in his open targets drop the second half, leading three scoring drives on the game's final three possessions. He threw a six-yard touchdown to Chris Conley with about five minutes left, an accurate strike on a slant. Then Minshew went 4/5 for 48 yards on the final drive of the game, making accurate intermediate passes to Conley and finding Fournette as an open checkdown. He also ran for a first down, one of his two big scrambles on the day.

Finally, Minshew read a zero blitz on third-and-goal from the four yard line with 0:34 left and anticipated Conley coming open on a slant. He threw the pass before the corner could close, and led a road comeback victory in the process.

RB Leonard Fournette, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 42 - 0, Rec: 5 - 31 - 0 (7 targets)
It was mostly tough sledding for Leonard Fournette on Sunday, rushing 15 times for only 42 yards. He had a 24-yard run that was called back in the second half due to a blocking in the back penalty, but he was otherwise left to only minimal gains and losses. Too often he tried to find a cutback lane and ended up losing because he was trying to do too much. Not all of the game and lack of production was his fault but a decent amount of blame does have to go his way. On the other hand, the third year running back was running hard after contact, and picking up a lot of short yardage conversions because he was able to fall forward and gain extra yards.

As a receiver, Fournette again showed he is a valuable piece on the field, finishing the game with five catches for 31 yards. Out of the backfield, Fournette did a good job of getting yards after the catch especially on the games final drive well he was able to make defender miss in space and get 15 yards on two catches, including one to get the ball to the 4 yard line.

RB Ryquell Armstead, 2 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0
Ryquell Armstead played only two snaps, getting one carry for one yard. With Leonard Fournette in the fold, Armstead isn't going to see the field.

WR Chris Conley, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 49 - 2 (8 targets)
Conley didn't make a ton of grabs but he had three catches late in the game that were some of the biggest plays made in the entire 60 minute clash. Early on he struggled getting separation and did not win any balls down the field. He finished the game with four catches for 49 yards, but three of those catches and 31 of those yards came on the game's final two drives.

He caught the aforementioned first touchdown by having a clean release off of the line and then securing the ball through contact. Now on the final drive, he caught a pass on drag route and turned it up field by out running angles and turning it into a 21 yard gain to get Jacksonville into Oakland territory. Finally, he again had a good release off of the line with a slant and for his head around just in time to catch the final touchdown pass. He's had issues with his hands this season, but he was clutch in Oakland.

WR Dede Westbrook, 53 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (4 targets)
Despite no Chark, Westbrook was an afterthought on Sunday. He caught two passes for 14 yards and had one drop. He simply only sees high percentage targets that don't give him much of a chance to make a play, but he also has trouble separating so this is understandable.

WR Keelan Cole, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 76 - 0 (6 targets)
Playing the number three wide receiver spot in the offense because of the injury to Chark, Cole made some explosive plays early on. He beat an Oakland corner with a double move to come wide open down the field. He caught the deep pass and got a few yards after the catch, showing nice quickness and vision. After that he was mostly quiet, but he did catch a 12 yard curl on a third-and-10 in the second half, a big play to keep Jacksonville in scoring position.

Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 36 - 267 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 12 - 0
Carr had a strong game despite fairly modest numbers. He hit Tyrell Williams for a 40-yard touchdown on the opening drive. Carr hit Williams in stride over the middle on a crossing route and Williams broke a tackle to get loose for the long score. Carr was on the same page with Darren Waller throughout the game, hooking up with his big tight end for a number of chunk gains. Sacks and penalties caused a few Raiders drives to stall but it looked like the game was in hand. With the Raiders looking to ice the game late, Carr ran for 11 yards and slid before going out of bounds prior to the two-minute warning. The refs made the incorrect call judging he went out of bounds, which may have been the difference in the game. The Raiders missed a field goal and Jacksonville had enough time to score the go-ahead touchdown. Carr got the ball back with thirty seconds left and quickly got the team in position for a couple Hail Mary attempts. Both were batted down in the end zone.

RB Josh Jacobs, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 89 - 0, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (3 targets)
After sitting out last week with a shoulder injury, Jacobs stepped right back into his workhorse role. He played 57% of the snaps, which is right in line with his season average and handled 26 touches. He showed his blend of power and short-area quickness on a number of runs and was generally able to earn positive yardage when needed to keep the offense moving. Unlike some previous weeks, Jacobs was never really able to break through to the second level. None of his 24 runs went for more than nine yards. There also weren’t any goal line opportunities. The Raiders offense got inside the Jacksonville 15-yard line just once and that was for one passing play in the final seconds of the first half. Jacobs had a few strong runs late to pick up first downs as the Raiders attempted to run the clock out.

RB DeAndre Washington, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 16 - 0, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (3 targets)
After the big game filling in for Josh Jacobs last week, Washington was an afterthought in Week 15. He played just 15% of the snaps. He caught a 9-yard pass on the opening drive and had a few nice runs up the middle. He was also dropped for a pair of big losses, including a blown up run play where he took a huge hit that went for minus-four yards.

RB Jalen Richard, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 11 - 0, Rec: 2 - 25 - 0 (3 targets)
Richard played 29% of the snaps, his ninth-straight game playing between 20 and 40% of the offense’s snaps. He had most of his production in the two-minute drill just before halftime. He took a draw through a big hole up the middle and got into the secondary but slipped when trying to make a cut on a gain of 11. He took a well-blocked screen for a gain of 24 yards on the next play.

WR Tyrell Williams, 72 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 45 - 1 (3 targets)
Williams played a season-high 72 snaps (96%) but was only targeted three times. On the opening drive, he caught a short crossing route and ran through an attempted arm tackle by the safety to get loose for a 40-yard touchdown. He drew an illegal contact penalty on a third down throw in his direction.

TE Darren Waller, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 122 - 0 (10 targets)
Waller was again Carr’s go-to target again. His 10 targets were more than three times those of any other Raiders pass catcher. He started the game off on fire with five catches for 86 yards in the first quarter. Each of them going for at least 10 yards and a first down with the longest gain going for 36 yards on a pretty over the shoulder grab deep down the left sideline. He had a short catch called back due to an illegal formation in the second quarter. He made a 20-yard grab over the middle to setup a field goal in the final seconds before halftime, putting him over 100 yards in the first half. Waller had a very quiet second half, however. The Raiders seemed comfortably in control and mostly played it safe running the ball. After a pair of late Jacksonville touchdowns, the Raiders were forced to be aggressive in the final minute and Waller was again key. He drew a 33-yard interference penalty streaking down the seam. Then he went low for a 10-yard diving grab over the middle that put the Raiders in position for a couple Hail Mary attempts at the end zone. It was another standout performance for Waller who is far and away the most dangerous weapon on the Raiders offense.