Jaguars Beasting

The Jaguars rebounded from a tough loss a week ago to dominate the Denver Broncos, 24-17, in a game which wasn't as close as the final score indicated.

The Jacksonville defense began slowly, as Denver took the ball on their opening possession and drove 80 yards on 10 plays, capped by a Jay Cutler touchdown pass to Brandon Stokely from 11 yards. The Jaguars, already in a hole, fumbled the ball away on their opening possession as running back Fred Taylor took a vicious hit from Denver's Nate Webster and the Broncos took over on their own 47 yard line.

The Jaguars defense more than held serve as Reggie Hayward sacked and stripped Denver quarterback Jay Cutler and the Jaguars took over at the Broncos 48 yard line. Jacksonville then converted that drive to points as Josh Scobee booted a 48 yard field goal. The Jaguars defense forced two more turnovers on the next two Denver possessions, and the offense finally converted with a 12-play, 75 yard drive that was capped by a Maurice Jones-Drew one-yard touchdown run to take a 10-7 lead.

Jacksonville opened the second half with a bang, as they took the ball 80 yards on just three plays, as Maurice Jones-Drew struck gold with a 46-yard touchdown run. Following a Denver drive that yielded a 39 yard Matt Prater field goal, the Jaguars then took the game over with a nine-play 79 yard drive. David Garrard found tight end Marcedes Lewis for a 30-yard touchdown strike which gave the Jaguars a commanding 24-10 advantage.

The Broncos wouldn't go down lightly as they held the Jaguars offense to a three and out early in the fourth period, then took the ball down the field and scored on a Jay Cutler to Daniel Graham 11-yard touchdown strike which cut the lead to 24-17.

The Jacksonville offense then took over the game and killed the clock on 12-play, 60 yard drive that took all 5:46 that remained on the game clock to secure the 24-17 victory.

David Garrard easily had his best game of the season as he completed 25 of 34 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown. Garrard's only miscue came at the end of the first half as he was sacked and fumbled the ball deep in Denver territory. He finished with a quarterback rating of 107.

Maurice Jones-Drew carried much of the load for the Jaguars as Fred Taylor was dinged up, and he didn't disappoint as he ran for 117 yards on just 20 carries with two touchdowns. Matt Jones led the team in receiving with seven catches for 69 yards, and tight end Marcedes Lewis broke out with three catches for 64 yards with a touchdown.

The Jaguars played their most complete game of the season as the offense was opened up and David Garrard lit up the talented Denver secondary. Jacksonville won the game despite playing without Mike Walker, Rob Meier, and Brian Witherspoon. Jacksonville enters their bye week with a 3-3 record with games against Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Detroit. Those three opponents currently have a combined record of 1-13.


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