What We Learned Against Oakland

The Jaguars found a way to win again as they bettered their record to 8-5 with a 38-31 shootout victory over the Oakland Raiders. Find out how our keys to victory played out.

1. Stop the run. Darren McFadden and the Raiders pounded Jacksonville on the ground to the tune of 153 yards on 25 carries. McFadden finished with 123 yards on the ground of just 16 carries with a pair of rushing touchdowns. The Oakland back also led the team with three catches for 86 yards and another score.

2. Stay in positive down and distance situations. The inability to run on early downs kept the Jaguars in too many third-and-longs in which quarterback David Garrard was mostly ineffective in the first half. The situations were much better for Jacksonville in the second half as they converted on 3 of 7 third downs.

3. Ground and pound. The Jaguars were able to wear down the Oakland defense in the second half as they eclipsed 200 yards rushing for the third consecutive game, a franchise record.

4. Win special teams. The Jacksonville special teams units were stellar as Kassim Osgood forced a fumble on a kickoff return that led to the Jaguars taking a third-quarter lead. With the game tied and less then two minutes remaining, rookie Deji Karim returned a kickoff 65 yards which set up the game-winning score.

5. Get off the field on third down. The Jaguars were less than fantastic in third-down defense as they allowed Oakland to convert on six of their 13 opportunities.

Bold predictions:

1. MJD doesn't get 100. Maurice Jones-Drew saved his best for his last carry as the Jaguars star running back busted through a hole and raced 30 yards to the end zone to give Jacksonville a 38-31 victory. Jones-Drew finished with 101 yards on 23 carries and the game-winning touchdown.

2. Kirk Morrison has a big game. Playing against his former mates, Morrison led the Jaguars with seven stops and one tackle for loss.

3. Marcedes Lewis will score. The Jaguars outstanding tight end led the team with four receptions for 57 yards including the team's first touchdown on a one-yard pass.

4. Good day for Zach Miller(s). Oakland's Zach Miller had four catches for 68 yards, while the Jaguars version was shut out.

5. The Jaguars remain in first place. It wasn't easy, but the Jaguars gutted out a 38-31 victory to remain in first place by one game, setting up a showdown next week in Indianapolis for the division title

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