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The Jaguars drew a good time to play the Atlanta Falcons. In the wake of a 13-10 loss to Tennessee last Sunday when the Titans rushed for 282 yards, the Jaguars will play host to an Atlanta team that is playing without Michael Vick and gained just 96 yards on the ground in a 24-3 loss in Minnesota.

The Jaguars are noted for stopping the run and running the ball and they didn't do either against the Titans as they gained just 72 yards in 18 carries. Fred Taylor had 16 yards in six carries and Maurice Drew had 32 yards in seven carries while quarterback David Garrard added 24 yards in five carries.

"We had some misfits, allowed a couple of big runs early and they got a little confident and were able to maintain possession and then late in the game, they just out-physicalled us. So we'll have to go back to fix that," coach Jack Del Rio said.

The Jaguars also may be looking for a kicker because Josh Scobee suffered a bizarre injury in pre-game warm-ups, straining a quad. He made a 22-yard field goal in the second period, but couldn't try a long field goal. That forced the Jaguars to go for it on 4th-and-10 at the Tennessee 19 in the third period, but they were stopped.

The Titans took over on their 21 and marched 79 yards for the winning touchdown.

The Jaguars have also lost four consecutive regular-season games dating back to last year and are 6-9 in their last 15 regular-season games.

Still, Del Rio said, "I really believe we have a good football team. We're not going to have days like this. We took one on the chin today. We'll fix the things that weren't good today."

The Jaguars thought they were going to be a perennial contender when they went 12-4 in 2005, but their window of opportunity may be closing. They're in the basement in the AFC South because the Titans, Colts and Texans all won their openers.

The Jaguars changed their quarterback, offensive coordinator, quarterback coach, wide receiver coach and special teams coach since the end of last season, but they had some of the same problems that plagued them at the end of last year.

Their defense, which gave up 359 and 395 yards in their last two games of 2006, allowed 350 yards in this game. That's 1,104 yards in just their last three games.

And quarterback David Garrard, who couldn't bring the team from behind in the fourth quarter last year when he started 10 games, couldn't do it in three possessions in the fourth quarter against the Titans. Garrard got just two first downs in those three series.

Garrard started off strong, throwing a 47-yard touchdown pass to rookie John Broussard in the first quarter, but couldn't get into the end zone again.

They also could have a problem with their defensive line because Reggie Hayward is coming back from a torn Achilles tendon and Marcus Stroud is returning from microfracture surgery on his ankle and they may no longer be the dominant players they were before their injuries.

The Jaguars can't afford to lose another game to fall to 0-2 this year.


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