A Closer Look at Sunday's Loss

There are some major positives for the Jaguars Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Eagles. The game will be played in Jacksonville where the humid September weather tends to wear down the opposition. And it won't be played on the West Coast.



The Jaguars showed last year that they don't travel well to the West Coast. They lost in Seattle 41-0 and in San Francisco 20-3 last year and still haven't figured out how to play well on the West Coast. They went to San Diego last Sunday and lost to the Chargers, 38-13.

Fortunately for the Jaguars, they don't make another trip to the West Coast this year.

Meanwhile, they're hoping that quarterback David Garrard can become more consistent.

In 34 starts since the start of the 2008 season, he has had a passer rating of over 100 nine times and he's been under 65 nine times.

That pattern has continued this year. In the opener, he had a career high 138.9 passer rating while throwing for three touchdowns in the victory over Denver.

But in the loss to the Chargers, he threw four interceptions and had a 62.7 passer rating.

"That's just that inconsistency I have to be better at. I'm not shouldering all the blame for the quarterback rating but a lot of it is on me," he said. "I'm a football player. I know there are going to be days you're not going to want to be a part of. You just have to overcome it. I don't know what to tell you. But you have to (overcome it). These guys in the locker room are depending on you to. As the quarterback, that is your job."

The Jaguars also may not have an alternative to Garrard because backup Luke McCown suffered a knee injury late in the game and is scheduled to have an MRI.

The only other quarterback on the roster is Brett Ratliff, who's been on the practice squad for two weeks after being cut by Cleveland.

LINEUP WATCH: Cornerback Derek Cox, who started all 16 games a rookie last year, was yanked in the second half of the Denver opener for David Jones. And then he was benched in San Diego and put on the inactive list and Jones, who was obtained from Cincinnati in the Reggie Nelson deal, was given the starting assignment. Jones intercepted a pass, but the secondary was shredded by Philip Rivers, who pass for three touchdowns and 334 yards.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6 -- That was the number of turnovers the Jaguars had in San Diego. They must cut down on their turnovers against the Eagles if they are to rebound from the loss.


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