Report Card: Jaguars at Broncos

Find out how the Jaguars were graded in their win over the Broncos.

PASSING OFFENSE: A-minus -- David Garrard completed passes to eight different receivers as he threw for 276 yards and a touchdown for a 107.0 quarterback rating. He also had a 69-yard pass to Troy Williamson rubbed out by a holding penalty on Khalif Barnes. But he did complete a 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A-minus -- Fred Taylor missed most of the game with a mild concussion suffered in the first quarter. While he did return in the second half, he wound up with just 10 yards in three carries. But they didn't miss Taylor as Maurice Jones-Drew stepped up and gained 125 yards on 22 carries, including a 46-yard touchdown pass.

PASS DEFENSE:
B -- The Jaguars gave up a touchdown on the Broncos' first drive, but held them to one touchdown the result of the way. They also caused two critical fumbles, one by Jay Cutler when he was scrambling and the other by Brandon Marshall after he caught a pass. And they did it without a pass rush as they failed to get a sack even though Cutler threw it 37 times. They were helped by the fact that Brandon Stokley went out in the first half with a concussion and they were already missing wide receiver Eddie Royal and tight end Tony Scheffler so the Broncos played without their second, third and fourth receivers throughout the second half and the Jaguars were able to double cover Marshall.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- With starting running back Selvin Young sidelined with an injury, the Jaguars still couldn't stop veteran Michael Pittman, who gained 109 yards in 20 carries. Pittman was able to gash them on some plays when they were looking for the pass.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- The special teams have been a strength this year, but they weren't a major factor in the game. Josh Scobee made a 48 yard field goal but Adam Podlesh had a net of only 28.3 yards on four points. Dennis Northcutt gained only 14 yards returning three punts. Their coverage teams had trouble stopping punt returner Glenn Martinez, who averaged 15.7 in three returns.

COACHING: B -- For the second time this year, the Jaguars won a key road game to get to .500. And they won their third in the last four games after starting out 0-2 so Del Rio didn't lose the team after a slow start. But the Jaguars had a puzzling strategy in the fourth quarter. Protecting a two touchdown lead with 11:37 left, they didn't run the ball to take time off the clock. The Jaguars tried to throw three passes. Garrard's first two were incomplete and he was sacked on the third play and the Jaguars had to punt and the Broncos cut the deficit to seven points. The Jaguars still hung on to win, but they lost the momentum.


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