Just What the Doctor Ordered for Jags

When the Jaguars traveled to Denver a year ago, the team had numerous question marks on offense, as David Garrard looked somewhat tentative and the team didn't have much of a downfield passing attack. The Jaguars dominated that game on the ground and it served as a springboard for a winning streak that would eventually take the team to their first playoff win in eight years.

The Jaguars had the same issues prior to this past weekend's trip to Denver and a few others defensively. Once again the Broncos served as the "magic elixir" for Jacksonville as the offense was able to run the football, throw the ball downfield, and David Garrard looked every bit the part of the Jaguars $60 million franchise signal caller for the first time this year.

"David was sharp and made good decisions all day," said Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. "David's a fine football player. Today was a strong performance and there will be many more."

Despite the Broncos having supposedly the best tandem of cornerbacks in the NFL, the Jaguars passing game was at their highest level as David Garrard found open receiver after open receiver all day long. The Broncos undersized defensive line may not get pushed around quite as much as that of the Colts, but they certainly were handled at the point of attack by the "patchwork Jaguars offensive line."

"We know what we are. We're a power running game. We know who we are," Del Rio said.

For seemingly the first time this season, the Jaguars offense took advantage of the early eight and nine man fronts and made big plays in the passing game. Those plays pulled the Broncos safeties away from the line of scrimmage and then there was room to run. The offense was balanced to perfection and if you take away an early fumble by Fred Taylor, and a fumble late in the first half by David Garrard (neither or which yielded points for Denver), this game is a blowout victory for the Jags.

"A balanced offense is the worst offense to face. The chemistry is starting to come back," said Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew who had 125 rushing yards on 20 carries.

With a potential 2-4 start staring the Jaguars in the face, the team responded in the face of altitude and adversity as they were without such key contributors as defensive tackle Rob Meier, wide receiver Mike Walker, kickoff/punt return man Brian Witherspoon, and starting safety Reggie Nelson. The victory now puts the Jaguars at 3-3 with a week off for their stars to get healthy. They return against a Cleveland Browns team that looked improved against the Giants, followed by a trip to Cincinnati, then Detroit. Those three opponents have a combined record of 2-14.


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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