Jaguars Start

The Jaguars are in a typical position at the three-game mark with a 2-1 record. Ten times in their 13-year history, they've had a winning record after three games. But they've only made the playoffs five times so the positive start doesn't necessarily translate into a good record.

They were 2-1 last year and finished 8-8. They were 3-0 in 2004 and finished 9-7. But they also were 2-1 after three games in 2005 and finished 12-4.

In their bye week, they'll be looking for ways to continue the positive momentum they got in beating Denver last Sunday.

They're only 6-6 in their history after the bye so they don't necessarily take advantage of the week off.

"We'll do a little self-evaluation," coach Jack Del Rio said. "A little self scouting, a little bit of a look-ahead at Kansas City. Then we'll practice for two days (Thursday and Friday) and then take the weekend off and be back at it in a normal game week next week."

The positive thing for the Jaguars is that they seem to have found their running game against Denver although David Garrard's scrambles were a key factor in their 186-yard effort. Garrard had 52 yards in 12 carries while Fred Taylor added 84 yards in 17 carries. But Maurice Jones-Drew is still struggling and had just 37 yards in 15 carries.

Of the improvement in the running game, Del Rio said, "In several instances, we found that half-man we've been talking about, that block, that cut, where it came together. We came out of this game again saying there were some other opportunities where it could have been even better. But certainly I think you saw that some of the things that we've been working on came together and we had a good day,"

Of going into the bye week after a victory, Del Rio said, "We recognize there are certain things that take place. There's a process that's under way. There's a work ethic that's part of how we're approaching things and that is what has enabled us to earn our second victory to start the year. I know that we as a football team understand how important the process is and how we're working at it, the things that we've been able to do to get a little bit better."

With a road game at Kansas City followed by home games against Houston and Indianapolis and then three road games at Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Tennessee and then a home game against San Diego, the Jaguars will enter the make-or-break part of their schedule after the bye.


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