Throw to Score? Not Necessarily

The Jaguars went ultra-conservative and scored just 10 points in their loss to Carolina last week. The threw the ball around a bunch against New Orleans and the result was....10 points. Find out how the team needs to get past the "Magic Number" of 10.

The Jaguars will be trying to figure out how to score more than 10 points Sunday when they host the Bengals in a duel of rookie quarterbacks.

Whether the Jaguars run or pass, they seem to score 10 points.

They ran 34 times and threw 21 in a monsoon in Carolina on Sept. 25 and lost 16-10.

They flipped the formula Sunday and threw 42 times and ran 17 times in perfect weather and still lost to the Saints in Jacksonville, 23-10.

The Jaguars fell to 1-3 at the quarter pole. They are now in a deep hole in the playoff race in a year when owner Wayne Weaver has given coach Jack Del Rio a mandate to make the playoffs. If Del Rio doesn't make the postseason, he is likely to be fired.

Jacksonville is already two games behind both Houston and Tennessee in the AFC South despite a win over Tennessee in the opener.

The 1-3 start is the Jaguars' worst since Del Rio's first season in 2003, when Jacksonville went 0-4.

They Jaguars have scored just 39 points in four games -- the lowest four-game total in team history -- while using two different quarterbacks, Luke McCown and rookie Blaine Gabbert, who made his second start Sunday.

"We're averaging just 10 points a game scoring, and that is not going to get it done for you," Del Rio said.

Gabbert will face off against Cincinnati rookie Andy Dalton, who got his first fourth-quarter, come-from-behind win Sunday when the Bengals beat the Bills 23-20. The Bengals come in with a 2-2 record.

Gabbert was up and down against New Orleans, but he didn't get much help.

"Not enough offense, defense or special teams to get it done today," Del Rio said. "It's a team game. We stick together as a team, win or lose together as a team. It just wasn't enough."

Gabbert had a 51.3 passer rating as he completed 16 of 42 attempts for 196 yards.

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said that Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told him he might have set a record for all-out blitzes, but Gabbert stayed poised. He threw just one interception and had a touchdown pass, and he was sacked three times.

"He definitely had some throws he'd like back, but he also made some fantastic throws," Koetter said.

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