Jaguars Unraveled, 21-19

The Jaguars took a disappointing season to new heights as they lost to the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals, 21-19.

The Bengals drew first blood after a stalled Jaguars drive as they methodically marched 84 yards on 14 plays as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed seven of eight passes for 47 yards, capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass to Chad Ocho-Cinco. Fitzpatrick also ran for 30 yards on the drive as they cut through the Jacksonville defense like a knife through warm butter. The big play on the drive came when Rashean Mathis dropped a pass intended for Chad Ocho-Cinco that would've likely gone for a pick-six.

Following a Jaguars three and out, the Bengals put together a drive that eerily resembled their opening drive. This time Cincinnati went 88 yards in just under four minutes as Fitzpatrick hooked up with Ocho-Cinco again, this time for a 10-yard touchdown catch over Rashean Mathis. The Bengals were aided by a questionable pass interference call on Drayton Florence which extended their drive.

After a rare stop by the Jaguars defense, the offense finally put up a crooked number on the scoreboard as they went 15 yards on six plays to set up a 52-yard Josh Scobee field goal to cut the Bengals lead to 14-3 with just over three minutes to go before the half.

Jacksonville was thoroughly outplayed in the first half, as the Bengals dominated every meaningful statistic including total yards, 199-78. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 16-19 for 100 yards and two touchdowns, with 52 yards rushing. Jaguars quarterback David Garrard finished the first half 6-12 for 53 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions, and had 12 yards rushing.

Following a David Garrard interception, Cincinnati cashed in as they went 37 yards in just two plays, as running back Cedric Benson scored from seven yards to give the Bengals a seemingly insurmountable 21-3 advantage.

Jacksonville tried to maintain some level of respectability as their offense finally moved the ball against the Cincinnati defense in a drive that began near the end of the third quarter. After moving the ball 59 yards, the drive stalled at the Cincinnati three and when Tony Pashos was called for a false start on fourth down, Jacksonville was forced to kick a short 26-yard field goal to cut the lead to 21-6.

The Jaguars found new life as special teams ace Chad Nkang hit Bengals kickoff returner Glenn Holt and forced a fumble that Montell Owens took in 18 yards for a touchdown to trim the Bengals lead to a much more manageable 21-13.

After a few stops by the Jacksonville defense, the Jaguars had one last chance on offense and David Garrard led the team down 67 yards to the two-minute warning. Garrard ran a quarterback draw inside the one-yard line, then was stopped on a first down sneak. Maurice Jones-Drew found the end zone on second down and the game came down to a two-point conversion. Garrard threw to Jerry Porter on the conversion and the ball went through his hands, thus ending the Jaguars comeback attempt.

Despite the closeness of the final score, this was the most embarrassing loss of the season for the Jaguars who fall temporarily out of the playoff race at 3-5. All parts of the Jaguars offense were terrible throughout most of the game, as they recorded just 278 net yards, and scored just 12 points. The defense allowed 21 points to the 32nd ranked offense in the league, but played much better in the second half.


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