Monday Night Motivation for Jaguars

The Jaguars will now find out if an appearance on Monday Night Football will motivate them. After falling to 4-7 with a 30-12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, the Jaguars now travel to Houston for their second of three primetime games they have this season.

They lost the first primetime game to Pittsburgh on Sunday night, Oct. 5, by a 26-21 margin and they also play Indianapolis in a Thursday night game on Dec. 16.

Both Houston and the Jaguars come into Monday night with 4-7 records for their second meeting of the season.

The Jaguars beat Houston, 30-27, in overtime for their only home victory of the year on Sept. 28.

In that game, the Jaguars won the overtime toss and went down to score the game-winning field goal.

Only three AFC teams, Cincinnati, Kansas City and Cleveland, have worse records than the Jaguars and Texans.

And the fact that they no longer have a realistic chance at the playoffs seems to have affected the Jaguars. They fumbled twice in the first 20 seconds against the Vikings and fell behind 14-0 with only 1:41 elapsed in the game.

And they wound up with five turnovers on three fumbles and two interceptions by David Garrard.

The Jaguars were so disorganized that center Brad Meester didn't realize that Garrard was in the shotgun in the first place. He mis-snapped it, the ball hit his body, went to the ground and the Vikings' Napoleon Harris picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown.

How the Jaguars play in the last five games may be critical to the future of several players because coach Jack Del Rio said he'll be doing a lot of evaluating the rest of the way.

"Everything that's being done is going to be evaluated. The process takes place all the time anyway. It just gets magnified when you're struggling, and that clearly was struggling right there (against the Vikings). We're going to evaluate everything and everyone and we're not going to settle for that, ever. So that process will begin," Del Rio said.

Del Rio also said the Jaguars continue to practice well and then don't carry it over to the field.

"It might be the all-time great practice team," he said. "Practices have been good. There's something missing in what we're teaching and working on during the week and what we're getting on Sunday. There's something missing. I can't explain it, but I will look into it and make sure to find out what the heck is happening."

Garrard insisted the Jaguars will continue to play against Houston and for the rest of the season.

"Everybody is frustrated. Everybody is upset. We're still going to stick together as a team. That's what most important. The No. 1 thing is that nobody is giving up on this season or this team because we're all we have. It'd be a shame to give up on your family like that," Garrard said.


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