By the numbers: What did we learn about the Jaguars' Week 3 victory over the Chargers?

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) hugs Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25) for his touchdown score during the second quarter of a regular season game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) hugs Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25) for his touchdown score during the second quarter of a regular season game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

It didn't take long to see the Jacksonville Jaguars were playing at a high level Sunday against the Chargers.

Jacksonville (2-1) took to the West Coast this past weekend and dominated Los Angeles, something they haven't done on that side of the country before.

With a 38-10 victory over the Chargers (1-2), it became the team's largest margin of victory on that side of the United States since the team began to play over there in 1996. The win came off a dominating Week 2 performance that saw the team shut out the Indianapolis Colts (1-1-1).

This week's victory spoke volumes and will set the tone for the remainder of the season as the team begins to believe it is capable of not just winning, but winning in a dominating fashion.

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Here's a breakdown of some of the key stats and numbers that stood out during Sunday's win.

10: Zay Jones sets career-high, Jaguars spread wealth

Over the first two weeks of the season, Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones caught just nine passes, receiving 13 total targets. On Sunday against the Chargers, he doubled his receptions (10), and nearly doubled his targets (11).

Jones led the team in both categories.

Jones caught 10 passes, a new career-high, for 85 yards and a touchdown. Jones' 14-yard touchdown was the first of three tossed by Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence throughout the contest. Jones hauled in five first downs throughout the day and quickly became yet another dependable target for Lawrence.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) reacts after scoring against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) reacts after scoring against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

After the game, Jaguars WR Christian Kirk noted that getting Jones the ball more was a point of emphasis throughout the week, making sure he was involved heavily in the game plan.

"I think we all felt that Zay wasn't as involved in the game plan last week as much as we'd like," Kirk said after the game Sunday. "So, we really wanted to get him going and he did a great job, his week of preparation and being able to come out there and make a big play, consistently.

"He's been that. He's always been that it's consistent and just making play after play after play and you know, for him to get the opportunities and capitalize on them, I was really happy for him."

100: James Robinson breaks 100-yard mark, shows no signs of slowing down

There's no question that Jaguars running back James Robinson entered the season with question marks about his health and potential play.

On Sunday, he silenced most of that talk with another stellar performance, carrying the ball 17 times for 100 yards and a touchdown. His 50-yard touchdown was a career-long for the third-year back, showing off his burst and acceleration.

It was the first time since Week 5 of last year against the Tennessee Titans that Robinson broke the 100-yard mark. In that game, Robinson totaled 18 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

On Monday, Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson was asked about Robinson and if the back exceeded expectations coming back from injury. Pederson said no one really knew for sure until he was on the field.

I think it sort of opened our eyes as a staff that this is the guy we saw on tape a year ago," Pederson said, referring to Robinson's play throughout training camp and into the season. "[We've been] watching him and evaluating him and just seeing how, not only explosive, but tough of a runner he is."

Pederson singled out Robinson when asked about the team's two backs, including RB Travis Etienne, noting that Robinson has gotten himself "back in a position to help this football team," noting that it's "special" to see the back break off long touchdowns in back-to-back weeks.

Robinson is currently averaging 4.5 yards per carry this season. That is also his career average. He ranks 9th in first-down runs with 12 on the year. The highest is Falcons receiver/RB Cordarrelle Patterson with 17.

6-1: Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence playing lights-out through three weeks of the season

Lawrence's play over the first three weeks of the season has been nothing short of outstanding, particularly the last two weeks against the Commanders and Chargers.

He has thrown six touchdowns while tossing just one interception. For reference, last season Lawrence completed just 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His turnaround has brought him to the second-best TD to INT ratio this season behind only Chiefs QB Patrick Mahones.

On Sunday, Lawrence completed 28 out of 39 of his passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns.

According to Pro Football Reference, Lawrence currently ranks as the sixth-best QB in the league by ANY/A (Adjusted net yards per pass attempt) with a 7.36.

Note: ANY/A = (Passing yards - sack yards + (20 * passing TD) - (45 * interception))/(passes attempted + times sacked)

The QBs ranked ahead of him include, Bills QB Josh Allen (7.75), Mahomes (8.63), Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (8.81), Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (8.98) and Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (8.99).

Last year, Lawrence finished with an ANY/A of 4.54, good for the 28th best in the league.

1.77 (percent): Trevor Lawrence's success tied to play of offensive line

A part of why Lawrence has been so successful thus far this season is because he hasn't had to run for his life on the majority of his plays. The pass protection has been more than sound, with the Jaguars surrendering no sacks over the past two weeks.

Lawrence currently ranks first in the league with a sack percentage of just 1.77 percent. Of course, it isn't just the offensive line that has helped Lawrence reach that metric, though. The quarterback's ability to get the ball out of his hands quickly is why the team has seen success through Weeks 2 and 3.

Lawrence gets the ball out of his hands the sixth-fastest among QBs this year. According to Pro Football Focus, Lawrence's TTT (time to throw) rate is at 2.45 seconds. The best in the league is Buccaneers QB Tom Brady at 2.22 seconds.

There's no question that Lawrence has improved this year, but combined with the offensive line and Lawrence's quick decision-making, it has made all the difference.

8: Josh Allen leads Jaguars in pressures, sets new career-high

Though he didn't earn a sack, Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen was a menace against the Chargers last week, pressuring Los Angeles QB Justin Herbert eight times, a career-high for the fourth-year pass rusher.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, left, passes while pressured by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen during the second half of an NFL football game in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, left, passes while pressured by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen during the second half of an NFL football game in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Allen, according to NextGen Stats, currently has 15 pressures, ranking second in the NFL in QB pressures this season. He trails only Browns DE Myles Garrett (16).

Note: Pro Football Focus, another NFL analytics website, has Allen ranked as the third-best EDGE player in terms of pass rush with 16 pressures. He ranks third behind Panthers' Brian Burns (17) and Dallas' Michah Parsons (19).

Allen's play over the first three weeks of the season has been outstanding, taking a step up with better players around him. Jaguars defensive lineman Dawaune Smoot believes that there's some extra motivation on defense, players competing with each other to see who can get to the QB faster.

“Definitely. It’s a race to the quarterback each time," Smoot said on Monday when asked about the motivation on defense.

"With Arden (DE Arden Key) out there, with Travon (OLB Travon Walker), with Josh (LB Josh Allen) it’s a race. We’re just trying to get there as soon as we can because we know the next guy is going to be right behind us.”

Smoot forced the second turnover of the game against Los Angeles on Sunday, sacking Herbert and forcing a fumble early on in the contest. The Jaguars currently rank first in the league in turnover differential at +7.

5: Jaguars playing more disciplined, cut down on penalties

Not necessarily specific to just Sunday's contest against the Chargers, the Jaguars have accounted for just five penalties since the team's Week 1 blunder against the Washington Commanders where they totaled 13 throughout the day.

Against the Chargers, the team had just two penalties, losing 10 yards in the process. The team tied for first (fewest) in the league with the Ravens, who also had just two penalties. Last week, they tied for third in the league with just three penalties.

The team's discipline demonstrates how much they've learned since Week 1. On Monday, Pederson reiterated that idea.

"We've minimized penalties, we've created more turnovers, we've done better on third down, still have to fix the red zone a little bit, but I think overall you're seeing the things that showed up in Week 1, we've been able to correct," he said.

Demetrius Harvey is the Jacksonville Jaguars reporter for the Florida Times-Union. You can follow him on Twitter at @Demetrius82.

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