What We Learned Against the Jets

Positives were few and far between for the Jaguars as they were thoroughly pounded by the Jets, 32-3. We are going to take a look at how our keys to the game actually played out.

Offensive Keys to a Jaguars Victory

1. Mix it up. The only thing that was unpredictable about the Jaguars offense was the frequency in which Luke McCown would throw interceptions. They ran on running downs, threw on passing downs, and lost on the road.

2. Win first down. Needless to say the Jaguars didn't do all that well on first down. The Jags had just 11 first downs on the day and aside from a few nice runs from Maurice Jones-Drew, there really weren't any explosive plays.

3. Get in the red zone, then score touchdowns. It's impossible to score touchdowns in the red zone when you don't get to the red zone.

Defensive Keys to a Jaguars Victory

1. Stop the run. The Jaguars did a real solid job of stopping the Jets ground attack as they surrendered just 101 yards rushing on 32 attempts (3.2 ypc.). The Jacksonville defense played better than the stats showed.

2. Tackle everyone. Aside from a handful of plays, the Jaguars tackled very well for the second straight game.

3. A star must emerge. The closest thing the Jaguars had to a big play guy aside from Maurice Jones-Drew was Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.


1. MJD must be the best player on the field. Maurice Jones-Drew may very well have been the best football player on the field as he had 107 yards from scrimmage, but the next 10 or 20 best players were Jets. That won't win you any games, especially when the worst player on the field may have been your quarterback.

2. Special teams must play a perfect game.Anything less than excellence is surprising from the Jaguars special teams and although Josh Scobee knocked through his only field goal attempt from 55 yards, nobody else stood out. The kickoff coverage unit allowed a pair of big returns from Antonio Cromartie, and the Jaguars weren't able to down several Matt Turk punts near the end zone.

3. Someone needs to help Luke out. The Jaguars wide receivers didn't do Luke McCown any favors as nobody was open all day long. Still, McCown fired away in the middle of good New York coverage and the result was an atrocious day for everyone.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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