Tucker Could Keep the Job

Find out how Thursday's game at Atlanta could play a very large role in the fate of Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker.

The Jaguars will attempt to get interim head coach Mel Tucker his second victory Thursday night when they go to Atlanta to face the Falcons.

Tucker, who was named the head coach when Jack Del Rio was fired with the team at 3-8, got his first victory Sunday when the Jaguars routed the Tampa Bay Bucs, 41-14.

In his first game, they lost to the San Diego Chargers, 38-14.

The 41-point explosion was the most for the Jaguars since they beat Oakland 49-11 in 2007. The Jaguars are already eliminated from the playoff chase, but they would like to finish the season on a strong note.

If they can upset Atlanta, they have a shot at winning their final four games because they've already beaten the two division teams they play in the final two games of the season - Tennessee and Indianapolis.

The Jaguars will continue to feature the running of Maurice Jones-Drew, who is the leading's leading rusher with 1,222 yards. He had 85 yards in 27 carries against the Bucs and added six receptions for 51 yards.

Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who has struggled much of the year, threw two interceptions and fumbled twice. But he also threw two touchdown passes to Jones-Drew as he completed 19 of 33 passes for 217 yards.

The Jaguars also got big plays from their defense and special teams in the victory over the Bucs as each scored a touchdown on fumble recoveries.

The Jaguars were trailing 14-0 in the second quarter and seemingly headed toward another loss when Montell Owens made a big hit on punt returner Preston Parker to cause a fumble. Colin Cloherty scooped up the ball on the 8-yard line and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown.

Less than six minutes later, after the Jaguars had tied the score 14-14, Daryl Smith sacked Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and caused a fumble that rolled into the end zone where Nate Collins fell on it for a touchdown.

Owens, who made the Pro Bowl last year as a special teams player but was injured early in the year and missed two games, set the tone when he caused Parker to fumble two punts.

The Jaguars also may be searching for a kicker because Josh Scobee suffered a groin injury and linebacker Russell Allen kicked off after their final score.

They also could be shy at receiver because Mike Thomas suffered a concussion and Cecil Shorts a leg injury and both left the game and didn't return.

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