Josh Scobee was the hero of the week for the Jaguars as the sixth-year pro from Louisiana Tech booted a franchise-record 59-yard field goal as time expired to beat their arch-rival Indianapolis Colts. Scobee is off to the best start of his career as he's connected on all five of his field goal attempts and he displayed on Sunday that he has one of the strongest legs in the NFL.
"I've never been that excited after a kick in my life," Scobee said. "I think that's the third time I've hit one over 50 to beat the Colts and each one gets more and more fun. That one in particular because last year we had numerous attempts over 55 and I wasn't happy with the way I hit any of them. So this one I just told myself ‘stay calm, make a good clean strike and the ball should go true'."
A 59-yard field goal is far from a sure thing on any level of football, but Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis was completely confident in his kicker's abilities. According to Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison, Mathis was unstrapping his gloves and untying his cleats prior to Scobee's attempt. When Morrison looked at Mathis, he simply responded, "It's done. Game's over."
Jaguars wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker was shut out for the second time this season as the Jaguars leading receiver from a season ago was targeted just once on Sunday. In four games, Sims-Walker has just 12 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown.
Although opposing teams have concentrated on stopping Sims-Walker, this is his contract year and he will get paid upon his stats, not Mike Thomas or Tiquan Underwood's. Sims-Walker is helping the other Jaguars targets get open, but that won't help him get rich.
Almost a Colt
Maurice Jones-Drew ended his scoring drought in a major way as the diminutive back found the end zone twice in the Jaguars 31-28 win on Sunday. Jones-Drew scoring against the Colts shouldn't be a surprise to any as the fifth-year pro from UCLA has now scored 12 touchdowns in nine career games against Indianapolis.
After the 2006 season, Colts czar Bill Polian claimed that if Jones-Drew were available in the second round of that year's draft, Indianapolis would've selected him despite taking running back Joseph Addai in the first round.
The Jaguars coaching staff has been under a major amount of fire over the past two weeks for the team's performances in their blowout losses. While it seemed that they were overmatched on paper by the defending AFC Champions, the Jaguars coaching staff schemed up a way to keep Peyton Manning on the sidelines and limited the exposure of a Jacksonville secondary that was terrorized over the previous two weeks.
"There is definitely some sort of blueprint on how to beat those guys," Jaguars quarterback David Garrard said. "You try to establish the run and stay out of those third and longs because they're built for that. That's what they want to to…they want to pin their ears back and come after you. If you can stay out of those and continue to give your team a chance, move the ball and put points on the board…that was key, putting points on the board."
Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter deserves a game ball for finding a way to keep the quarterback position very simple for the struggling and limited David Garrard, as he asked the Jaguars signal caller to do very little. Jack Del Rio and Mel Tucker's defensive game-plan was stellar as they forced Peyton Manning to make more plays and thus give the Jaguars opportunities to force turnovers which they did.
"Well whether you blitz Peyton (Manning) or not he's going to get the ball out fast," Jaguars safety Anthony Smith said. "We just wanted to keep eyes on him and try to contain him and we did a good job of it."
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