Will the Winless Get a Win Against the Jags?

When the season started just two months ago, the Jaguars were considered a Super Bowl contender. Now they're fighting for survival. But at least they're doing it against two winless teams -- Cincinnati and Detroit -- in their next two games.

The Jaguars fell to a 3-4 record after losing to the Cleveland Browns, 23-17, last Sunday.

It's the team's worst start since they started out 1-6 in coach Jack Del Rio's first season in 2003.

The Jaguars can boost their record to 5-4 if they beat the Bengals and Lions on the road. That would give them a winning record when they host Tennessee in their 10th game.

But the Jaguars know they have to start playing better if they're to get back in the playoff race.

"It's something that we can overcome," cornerback Rashean Mathis said. "It's going to be tough but we know what type of team we have in this locker room and we know the men that we have in this locker room. We just have so evaluate ourselves, each man has got to check himself and see if he's doing everything he needs to do to be a successful ball player and then we'll move on from there. There's still a long road ahead. We still have nine games left so you definitely shouldn't write us off yet."

Defensive end Paul Spicer said, "This is where we are at, this is what we've earned. We came out and put ourselves in this hole, and the hard thing is we did this to ourselves by losing these games of seven games or less. We are promised nine ball games, that's what we are promised to use after this."

The Jaguars also have to get their running game in gear.

The Jaguars couldn't run against a Cleveland team that gave up 175 yards to Washington's Clinton Portis last week and was ranked 26th against the run.

Maurice Drew and Fred Taylor combined for only 53 rushing yards in 20 carries and were trumped by both Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, who scrambled for 59 yards, and Cleveland's Jamal Lewis, who had 20 carries for 81 yards.

Drew said of the Browns defense, "It was tough."

For the Jaguars, everything starts with their running game. They need to get it rolling in Cincinnati.


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