Jaguars Report Card vs. Denver

A look at the grades for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a result of their 23-14 win against the Denver Broncos

PASSING OFFENSE: B plus -- David Garrard continued to show why coach Jack Del Rio cut Byron Leftwich nine days before the season started and handed the job to Garrard. He didn't throw an interception for the third consecutive game as he passed for 154 yards. He directed an 18-play drive in the first quarter and when the Broncos cut the deficit to 20-14 in the fourth period, he directed a drive from the Jaguars 17 to the Denver 1 before Maurice Drew fumbled.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- After struggling in the first two games, the running game got in gear as Fred Taylor ran for 84 yards and Maurice Jones-Drew added 37. Their running helped the Jaguars win the time-of-possession battle as they held the ball for 38:42.

PASS DEFENSE: B-minus -- The Jaguars were burned for a few big plays by Jay Cutler, but they managed to hold him to two touchdowns despite his 96.6 quarterback rating.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Jaguars stuffed the Broncos running game, holding it to 47 yards on 18 carries, with Travis Henry managing only 35 yards in 11 carries. The key was that the Jaguars controlled the ball and didn't let the Broncos have any long drives.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- The Jaguars forced a fumble on the second half kickoff that led to a critical field goal and John Carney added three field goals and kicked deep on his kickoffs. Maurice Jones-Drew averaged 29.7 yards on three kickoff returns, including a 42-yarder.

COACHING: C -- The Jaguars coaches had the team ready to play to a tough game on the road, but Del Rio's game-day skills remain a question mark. With 13 seconds left in the first half and the Jaguars facing a third down at the Denver 1 with the clock stopped, the coaches told Garrard to spike the ball. Garrard questioned the move but followed orders and the Jaguars then had to settle for a field goal on fourth down. Del Rio declined to give an explanation for the bizarre move after the game.


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