Team of Destiny?

The Jaguars start a critical two-game road trip Sunday against the New York Giants with a three-game winning streak.



The Jaguars, who beat Dallas on the road and then recorded home victories over the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns to boost their record to 6-4, now play the Giants and Tennessee Titans on the road in their next two games.

The Jaguars are now tied for first place with Indianapolis with six games left. It is the latest they've been in first place since 1999.

They have four of their last six on the road with three of them against division teams. If they split those four road games and win their other two home games against Oakland and Washington, they would be 10-6 and have a good shot at making the playoffs.

But the Jaguars are a hard team to figure. Their four losses have come by a total of 99 points, but two of their victories came on the final play and they beat the Browns, 24-20, with a touchdown with 1:30 left.

"I think this football team has a flair for the dramatic, wow," coach Jack Del Rio said.

They also beat the Browns despite having six turnovers.

"They could have buried us. You end up minus-five in turnovers, it usually doesn't end well for you. It's Thanksgiving week. We've certainly got a lot to be thankful for," Del Rio said.

Against the Giants, the key will be whether they can protect quarterback David Garrard from the Giants' pass rushers. He was sacked four times by the Browns.

Garrard struggled against the Browns as he was sacked four times, threw three interceptions and fumbled once for a 65.1 passer rating. But he was bailed out by a defense that didn't give up a first down while the offense turned the ball over five consecutive times.

Browns safety Abram Elam picked up the fumble he caused and ran 18 yards into the end zone before most of the Jaguars knew where the ball was.

On the turnovers on the next four series, the Browns punted, got a 38-yard field goal by Phil Dawson, another punt and a missed 51-yard field goal attempt by Dawson, who missed a 51-yarder earlier in the game.

Del Rio said, "You turn it over five times, they (usually) turn it into a couple touchdowns, a couple field goals and there's a 20-point spread or worse, and it didn't get to that. It never did."

When Del Rio was asked if he believes in destiny, he said, "Yes. What I also believe is that you don't find out until it's all done."


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