What We Learned Against Minnesota

JagNation will now take a peek at how our keys to victory compared with what actually happened in the Jaguars disappointing 30-12 loss against Minnesota.

Five most important things for the Jaguars:

1. Protect Garrard. The Jags offensive line wasn't dominant but they did give Garrard adequate protection. The four sacks they allowed were mostly from the quarterback holding the ball too long.

2. Slow down A.P. The Jaguars defense did that for the most part as Adrian Peterson had 80 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.

3. Playmakers must make plays. The Jaguars simply didn't do that. Maurice Jones-Drew was great, but there just isn't enough guys like him on the team.

4. Special teams must dominate. Instead of special teams dominating, they were dominated. One fumble early on, two missed field goals, and a very pedestrian punting performance helped spell the Jaguars doom.

5. Pressure Frerotte. The defensive line did a better job than usual, but they still didn't put fantastic pressure on the Vikings signal caller. Three sacks by Rashean Mathis, Reggie Hayward, and Paul Spicer helped the Jags defense.


What to look for:

1. Triple digits by Peterson. A.P. didn't get as many carries as usual, and thus his production suffered a bit. 80 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown is nothing to sneeze at.

2. The Jags to air it out. Jacksonville threw the ball 45 times for 286 yards because they absolutely could not run the ball against the Vikings defense.

3. Look for a big return by Brian Witherspoon. Witherspoon had a 38 yard punt return but also fumbled twice.

4. Look for three or more combined interceptions. The two teams combined for three picks, with David Garrard throwing two of them.

5. Look for Matt Jones to make a difference. Jones caught four passes for 37 yards and did make a difference as his third quarter fumble ended a Jaguars drive and ended offensive momentum.


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