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Jaguars lose a.....
What do you think?
A popular topic/question on sports talk radio today brought out a number of opinions. Really, it is a bunch of people that get on the phone, call in and blame someone (just like everyone else does in America). Is there really someone to blame, though? Instead, let's focus on some of the positives:
- Allen Hurns -- Obviously everyone in the NFL was talking about him yesterday. an Undrafted Free Agent (UFA) out of Miami that was familiar with Jedd Fisch's (OC) offense. He made a name for himself during the preseason and caught 2 touchdowns in the first quarter for just over 100 yards
- The defense looks good -- The defense got 3 turnovers (2 sack fumbles and 1 INT) in the first half of play. They looked like what we had seen in limited play and scheming in the pre-season. The best part was holding a high tempo offense scoreless in the first half and having the home crowd boo their team off
It was a great first half for the Jaguars. No more to say. Every single person in Jag nation was so excited that they did not know what to do. I was sitting there during half time wondering if this is what we should have expected. I was extremely impressed but I have watched the NFL for years. Never let your guard down (isn't that right Kansas City???)
So what allowed the Jaguars to not only lose the game but give up 34 unanswered points in the second half?
Merriam-Webster's dictionary has the definition of momentum as the "strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events."
Pretty straight forward if you ask me. So where did the momentum go? Two 'loses of momentum' are very easy. Josh Scobee (K) missing a 50 yard field goal is the first. He made a 49 yard field goal early in the game and just missed this kick to the left. The next event involved Mr. Scobee again, but not really his fault. This time a field goal was blocked. Instead of going into half time with a 23-0 lead, the score was left at 17-0. Would 6 points be that much of a difference? Who knows, but I think it would have been nice to have especially with decisions made later in the game.
I feel the full flip of momentum came in the 3rd quarter. With just under 12 minutes left on the clock, the Eagles quickly got to the line on a 4th & 1 play. The Jaguars defense was not ready and still moving just as the ball would be snapped. That was the play. I do not care what anyone else says. That is the play that really told everyone that maybe this was not the Jags day.
On 4th & 1, with a defense running to their rightful position, Darren Sproles runs up the middle for a 49 yard touchdown. That made the game 17-7. Yes, it was there first score but after that play, the air was sucked out of the Jags. Numerous 3 and outs, dropped passes and a tired defense allowed for 20 more unanswered points to make the score 27-17. That final touchdown was a sack fumble by the Eagle defense in garbage time.
Not really a heartbreaking loss if you ask me. I had picked a score of 38-13. Yes, the Jaguars had a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and it was great to see.
The question I would want to ask fans is would you be happier if the points were scored throughout the game instead of the big lead in the first half? Would it have made a difference?
The team can use this as a learning experience and move on. 24 hours is up and the Redskins are in 6 days!