What We Learned Against Cleveland

In our Final Game Preview, we gave you some keys to a Jaguars victory and a few things to look for. We are now going to compare how these points played out in the Jaguars disappointing 23-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Five most important things for the Jaguars:

1. Run the football. The Jaguars ran the ball, but not the conventional way. David Garrard was the team's leading rusher with 59 yards, and if the QB is the leading rusher, you probably didn't have a great day running the ball.

2. Cover Braylon Edwards. Edwards wasn't a huge factor, but he did catch two passes for 64 yards including a 43-yard bomb down the sideline in which he got behind Rashean Mathis.

3. Win special teams. The Jaguars lost the special teams battle in a big way, as they got a field goal blocked and fumbled on a kickoff. Cleveland got a big return by Josh Cribbs early in the game and kicker Phil Dawson was perfect.

4. Protect Garrard. The Jacksonville offensive line did a solid job in pass protection as they allowed three sacks and two of the three really weren't the QB's fault.

5. Take care of the ball. On paper the Jaguars had only one turnover, but they had a field goal blocked and they failed to convert on a 4th and one play.


What to look for:

1. Look for Jerry Porter to be more involved in the Jaguars offense. Porter wasn't more involved, he was less involved, if that's even possible. With each passing week, the Porter signing looks worse and worse.

2. Look for a 100-yard rusher. Cleveland running back Jamal Lewis was close, as he ran for 81 yards on 19 carries.

3. Look for a big special teams play. Cleveland blocked a field goal attempt by Josh Scobee, and the Browns kickoff coverage unit forced a fumble by Brian Witherspoon.

4. Look for two interceptions by Derek Anderson. Anderson played well, and his only pick was nullified by an offsides penalty on Jacksonville.

5. Look for less than three combined sacks. We were wrong again, but not by much. The teams combined for four sacks.


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