What We Learned Against New Orleans

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

What we learned against New Orleans Five most important things for the Jaguars:

    1. Dominate the line of scrimmage. 88 yards rushing and allowing a franchise record 539 yards of total offense wouldn't exactly be classified as dominating, more like getting dominated.

    2. Win the early downs. The Jaguars offense wasn't as much of a problem as their defense on this day. 6/13- 46% on third down isn't bad.

    3. No penalties on offense. The Jaguars offense played a pretty clean game if you don't count the three Quinn Gray interceptions.

    4. Pressure Drew Brees. Not only did the Jaguars not pressure Brees, I don't think they would have been able to recognize him if he wasn't wearing his Brees #9 jersey. Fortunately for the Jaguars defense, they'll be able to see Brees on TV in Hawaii this February, propelled by his 435 yards passing in this game.

    5. Make Reggie Bush run between the tackles. Bush ran between the tackles a few times, but it didn't really matter because the Jaguars didn't make very many tackles on this day.

What to look for:

    1. Look for more of Quinn Gray on the move. Quinn Gray didn't move around in the pocket a lot, but he did throw the ball better than a week earlier.

    2. Let's get tricky. The Saints got a little tricky as they executed an onside kick to perfection after their opening drive that ended in a field goal.

    3. Look for Marques Colston around the goal line. The Jaguars were able to keep Colston out of the end zone, but that's about all they kept him from doing. Colston caught 10 balls for 159 yards.

    4. Look for a Reggie Bush touchdown. Reggie Bush had one touchdown rushing and one receiving.

    5. Look for another 100-yard receiver by New Orleans. Colston went way over 100, and the Saints nearly had two others go for 100. More bad pass defense.



Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.

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