Bernstein Blog: JAX vs BUF

The Bernstein Blog is a new feature of JagNation.com in which I, Charlie Bernstein give my unrefined yet accurate thoughts about the game. There may be some "colorful" language in this blog, being that it is pay-per-view. So if you don't like it, I invite you not to read.

So through two weeks the Jaguars are 0-2, last place in the AFC South. The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants began last season 0-2, so you never know. This however, has a different feel to it.

Looking ahead on the Jaguars schedule, there is a trip to Indianapolis this week, a very losable home game against Houston, another matchup with a seemingly improved Pittsburgh team, then a trip to first-place Denver. There is a possibility that the Jaguars could be 0-6 entering their bye week. Jaguars fans should maybe hold off before ordering those Super Bowl tickets.


The good:

The Jaguars interior offensive line. Milford Brown, Uche Nwaneri, and Dennis Norman played very well against the Bills defensive front.

Matt Jones. Jones continues to get open and make catches. He didn't catch one pass intended for him in the end zone, but it would have been a highlight reel type of play.

Jaguars DT's. Rob Meier, Tony McDaniel, and John Henderson played very well in the middle.

Jaguars coverage units. The coverage teams were fantastic against one of the best special teams units in all of football. They held Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin to 17 and 21 yards per kickoff return respectively, and recovered a surprise onside kick.

Josh Scobee. The Jaguars kicker left no points on the scoreboard as he boomed a 50-yard field goal that would've easily been good from 60, and connected on his two other attempts from 28 and 39 yards.


The bad:

3's instead of 7's. The Jaguars had a few opportunities to take the gave over in the third quarter, but couldn't finish their drives, as they only were able to get FG attempts.

Jaguars cornerbacks. Rashean Mathis and Drayton Florence were beat with regularity, and they allowed a big catch near the end of the game by Lee Evans that sealed the deal.


The %$#^&:

David Garrard's contract. It looks like the Jaguars front office really jumped the gun on giving their potential one-year wonder at quarterback a $60 million contract. Garrard is back to playing like a career backup and nobody respects the Jacksonville passing game.

The interception. With :14 left, you just can't throw an interception in that spot. Garrard wasn't holding the ball and taking sacks like week one, but his horrible decision was one of the reasons the Jaguars lost the game.

Third Down efficiency (or lack thereof). The Jaguars were just 2 for 11 on third down, for 18%. That will never get the job done against a good team.


In closing, I don't want to seem as if I'm harping on one guy, but David Garrard isn't playing anywhere near an elite level, or even an average level. Garrard has just one touchdown and three interceptions, and he's taken nine sacks. His quarterback rating is nearly 40 points lower than a year ago, and he doesn't even look like the same guy scrambling with the ball.

Part of the Jaguars secondary playing poorly is the lack of pass rush. Still, Mathis and Florence are not playing up to their paychecks.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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