What We Learned Against Tampa Bay

A look back at how the Jaguars did against our pregame report.

Five most important things for the Jaguars:
    1. Come together in the face of adversity. The Jaguars certainly came together by forcing three Tampa Bay turnovers, and winning the time of possession battle. It certainly wasn't pretty, but a team effort kept the Jaguars undefeated on the road.

    2. Run the football effectively, no matter how many men are in the box. Tampa Bay played a cover one for most of the game, and the Jaguars ran the ball directly at them for most of the game. Jacksonville found great success on the ground in the first half, before the Bucs adjusted. The final stats weren't overly impressive, 44 rushes for 133 yards, but the Jaguars offensive line did enough to win.

    3. Win first and second downs. The Jaguars did a good job in the first half of staying out of third and long. The passing game was nearly non-existent, and the team's third down conversion rate was an abysmal 25% (4/16). They must do a better job next week against a better New Orleans Saints team.

    4. Force turnovers. Check, in a big way. The Jaguars forced Jeff Garcia's first, second, and third interceptions of the season, and Aaron Glenn's 28-yard interception return for a touchdown was key in the Jaguars one point victory.

    5. Keep Joey Galloway under control. The Jaguars failed at this one. Galloway went for 115 yards on six catches, including a 58-yard touchdown pass. Galloway was wide open on many occasions when he and Jeff Garcia didn't hook up. The Jaguars allowed a 100-yard receiver for the fifth consecutive game.

What to look for:
    1. Look for a lot of Adam Podlesh. Podlesh was one of the key contributors in the Jaguars victory as he punted eight times for a 45.5 yard average. Podlesh boomed a career high 76-yard punt in the fourth quarter which helped secure the win for the Jaguars.

    2. Look for the Jaguars tight ends to be very involved in the passing game. No one was all that involved in the Jaguars passing game, but tight end Greg Estandia did have one catch for 30 yards, which led all Jaguars receivers.

    3. Look for Fred Taylor's first 100 yard game of the season. Freddy T. ran the ball 24 times, but could only gain 68 yards against a Bucs defense that was stacked up to stop the run. If the passing game could've been a little more successful, Taylor would likely have found some more yards on the ground.

    4. Bet the under. Wrong again. Somehow, these two pathetic offenses combined for 40 points (add another seven for the Aaron Glenn interception return TD).

    5. Look for the Bucs to have a 100-yard receiver. That was right on. Joey Galloway had a big day against the Jaguars injury depleted secondary. Hopefully, Brian Williams will be back for next week's game in New Orleans.



Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.


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