Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 12 in the NFL featured a feast of mouth-watering action—arguably the best slate of games of the season to date, starting with the most palatable Thanksgiving Day menu ever in league history. Here are my NFL Week 13 Power Rankings with an updated examination on the 2011 playoff picture. This week’s biggest movers are the Redskins (31st to 26th) and the Raiders and Giants, two teams that swap positions for 8th and 13th.  The Ravens (3rd to 2nd) and 49ers (2nd to 3rd) also exchange places, along with the Bears (7th to 9th) and Patriots (9th to 7th). Ranking the dreadful dozen (worst 12 teams) this week is like trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube and catch football passes simultaneously.  Interestingly enough, each team beat the team ranked just behind them from 22nd to [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Getting ready for Week 13 by reviewing some of the film from Week 12.... Texans O vs. Jaguars D Jack Del Rio’s defense gave a stellar performance in what turned out to be their head coach’s final game. It wasn’t a challenging task for the Jags, really. With backup Matt Leinart under center, and especially with third-stringer T.J. Yates under center, the Texans simplified their passing game to the point of near-fecklessness. Their play-action rollouts became predictable and defensible. On those plays, Jacksonville’s ends did a great job at maintaining backside containment, while the linebackers and safeties consistently hunted up the tight end crossing routes. The Jaguars dialed in on Arian Foster in the receiving game, bottling him up on every screen and [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
Broncos 16, Chargers 13 It was another miraculous performance by the Denver Broncos defense. Elvis Dumervil capitalized on San Diego’s glaring weakness at left tackle (backup Brandyn Dombrowski in for the injured Marcus McNeil) to lead the pass-rush with two sacks. The sagacious secondary – three starters with a decade-plus experience – gave up almost nothing downfield. The improving linebacking corps slipped a bit, yielding 185 on 36 rushing attempts (5.1 yards per carry). But the 36 rushing attempts were also an illustration of how Norv Turner was baited into playing Tebowball. That wasn’t Turner’s only acquiescence to the Broncos. In the waning minutes, with Denver driving into field goal range, Turner decided to play for the tie (which, in the 4-6 [...] Continue reading →
Thanksgiving couples three of the things I love most in life—family, food and football.  And Week 12 in the NFL presents the most mouth-watering slate of games to date this season. It wouldn't be complete without the Packers (10-0) at the Lions (7-3), emerging Dolphins (3-7) at the Cowboys (6-4) and finally the Harbaugh Bowl between the 49ers (9-1) and the Ravens (7-3) all on Turkey Day. Before I get cracking with my Week 12 predictions, here are my NFL Week 12 Power Rankings. This week's biggest mover is Miami, who ascends nine spots (28th to 19th), while Buffalo drops the furthest, sliding down five places (17th to 22nd).  The Jets (15th to 18th) and Eagles (18th to 15th) also swap positions, along with Raiders (14th to 13th) and Bengals (13th to 14th). I maintain a [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The Jacksonville Jaguars entered Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns expecting to run the ball effectively and play good defense. This formula held up fairly well in the first half, but a lack of second half carries for Maurice Jones-Drew and a poor performance from the defense after halftime doomed their hopes of victory. The Browns won, 14-10, dropping Jacksonville to 3-7 and effectively ending any illusions about their potential to make a playoff push. The Browns withstood a furious last-minute drive down to their three-yard line, stopping Jones-Drew on one carry and forcing two straight incompletions to close the game. Blaine Gabbert showed some poise and has shown improvement now in two straight games, but all too often his passes were too low or too high in crucial [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
Bears 31, Chargers 20 Vincent Jackson finally got on track after being held to under 50 yards receiving in four of his previous five games. His return to prominence came against the off-coverage of Charles Tillman, the veteran corner coming off perhaps the best game of his stellar nine-year career. San Diego’s makeshift offensive line – which, on the left side, read more like a Polish phonebook than NFL roster, with Brandyn Dombrowski and Scott Mruczkowski starting in place of injured stars Marcus McNeill and Kris Dielman – did not let Julius Peppers and Chicago’s potent four-man rush get anywhere near Philip Rivers. And yet, it was the Bears defense that came away victorious. Rivers’ two late interceptions were a big reason why. (The What’s wrong [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
The  3-6 Jacksonville Jaguars get set to take on the 3-6 Cleveland Browns in a battle of young, physical  teams with major question marks at both quarterback and receiver. Jacksonville Jaguars Keys to Victory: 1. Ride MJD. Maurice Jones-Drew has accounted for about 40% of the Jaguars' offensive yardage this season. The Browns have one of the worst run defenses in the league (30th), but are ranked number one against the pass. Jones-Drew is the NFL's fourth leading rusher and Blaine Gabbert has the lowest quarterback rating among starters in the league - and that is including John Beck and Rex Grossman. Therefore, the optimal offensive strategy seems intuitive; give Maurice Jones-Drew the ball as much as possible. It is the strategy that worked [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
The Tim Tebow Show kicks off an action-packed slate of games in NFL Week 11, as the Denver Broncos (4-5) host Mark Sanchez and theNew York Jets (5-4) on so-called T.G.I.T. (Thank God It’s Thursday) on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network. Immeasurable playoff ramifications will be put on the line all around the league. This is the last stanza of byes, which includes the three 7-3 teams (Saints, Texans and Steelers) and winless Colts.  Let’s get things started with the season’s last pre-Thanksgiving football feast! [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Five Jacksonville Jaguars to watch in Cleveland in Week 11. Jeremy Mincey: Last season in Cleveland, Mincey recorded two sacks and beat Joe Thomas for both of them. He has been the best player on the defensive line for the Jaguars all season, and his numerous pressures are beginning to translate into sacks, as he leads the team with 4.5. There is little doubt that Thomas will be gearing to redress his performance from a year ago, and Mincey will likely need to be at the top of his game to make a similar impact - or any impact at all. Thomas is far from the most physically dominating lineman in the league, but he is still very powerful and an excellent technician, and is solidly in the top-3 at his position in the league. Mincey brings an excellent motor and explosion [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Getting ready for Week 11 by breaking down some of the film from Week 10. Bears O vs. Lions D Twenty one of Chicago’s 37 points were scored by defense or special teams. Even when the offense scored, it benefitted from favorable field position. Aside from giving up one long run to Matt Forte, the Lions did a good job at bogging down against the run. The speed of their linebackers defeated the slow-developing pull blocks from Chicago’s interior offensive line. Jay Cutler played a semi-masterful game. Mike Martz had him do more seven-step drops than he’s done in recent weeks despite the front line not being able to fend off Detroit’s fervid pass-rushing front four. Cutler made it work with athletic pocket movement, often stepping north and south rather than [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
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