Report Card: Jaguars vs. Buccaneers

Grading the Jacksonville Jaguars on their performance in Tampa Bay

The Jaguars had so little confidence in Quinn Gray's arm that they opened the game with 14 consecutive runs. He tried only 16 passes and completed just seven and was wildly inaccurate in most of his misses. The Jaguars need David Garrard, who's out with a high-ankle sprain, to get healthy in a hurry.

Even though the Bucs were stacking eight and nine players in the box because they didn't fear the pass, the Jaguars were able to run just enough to win the game. Fred Taylor had 68 yards on 24 carries, Maurice Jones-Drew added 48 yards on 10 carries and LaBrandon Toefield had 12 yards on six carries, including a one-yard touchdown run. They ran it 44 times and passed only 16.

The Jaguars intercepted Jeff Garcia, who hadn't thrown a pick all year, three times and Aaron Glenn returned one of them for a touchdown. But it helped that Garcia was inaccurate, twice missing receivers open for long touchdowns and missed Joey Galloway on a sideline pass on the final drive that probably would have set up a touchdown.

The Bucs rushed for 136 yards, but 45 of them came on scrambles by Garcia, who had a 21-yard rush. Not counting Garcia, the Bucs gave up on the run too soon and ran only 17 times.

The special teams played a huge role as they gave the Jaguars good field position so they had scoring drives of only 50, 34 and 53 yards. And Adam Podlesh bailed them out of bad field position with a 76-yard punt in the fourth quarter.

The Jaguars devised a good game plan to win with a quarterback, Gray, they didn't trust to throw the ball. But they get a minus for not fixing the QB position in the offseason. If they would have cut Byron Leftwich in February, Gray never would have become the backup in the first place the way he did when Leftwich was cut nine days before the season opened.

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