Will Jaguars Players or Fans Show Up?

The Jaguars may not have much of a home-field advantage Sunday against Green Bay. After suffering four consecutive losses and losing six of their last seven games, the Jaguars figure to have a large number of no-shows for the home game against the Packers.

Since the Packers have a national following, they may pick up the slack and give Green Bay a rooting section of its own at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

The Jaguars haven't given their fans much to cheer for lately as they were officially eliminated from the playoff race with a 23-10 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

They were also guaranteed their first losing season since they went 5-11 in coach Jack Del Rio's first season in 2003.

The Packers are also all but mathematically out of the race after falling to 5-8, but their fans may be more likely to show up because they have a chance to visit Florida in December.

The Jaguars' first task is to simply get a good first series. In their last three games, they misfired on their first offensive series while falling behind early.

Against the Vikings three weeks ago, they fumbled twice in the first 20 seconds and fell behind 14-0 in the first two minutes.

Two weeks ago, they gave up a touchdown drive on Houston's first series, were guilty of false starts on their first two offensive plays and fell behind 10-0 midway in the first period.

Against the Bears last Sunday, David Garrard's first pass on the Jaguars' third offensive play was right into the arms of Bear defensive back Danieal Manning, who returned it 42 yards to the Jaguars' 5-yard line. Two plays later, the Bears had a 7-0 lead and boosted it to 20-3 by halftime.

"The story of our season has been pretty much that we start out slow," said running back Fred Taylor, who passed O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon to move into 16th place on the all-time rushing list with 11,273 career yards.

"It's a sour feeling right now," Taylor said.

Garrard said, "We can't start the games like that, putting too much unwanted pressure on the team, always having to come from behind. We just can't do it, plain and simple."

Taylor said it was an honor to pass Simpson and said he ran into Simpson during the offseason at a South Beach restaurant when he was having dinner with Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich and Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

"I was surprised he (Simpson) was watching our games," Taylor said. "He went over a lot of stuff that we did. He said he liked my vision and balance."

Taylor, whose future with the Jaguars beyond this season is in doubt, said he'd like to finish in the top five before his career ends. Jerome Bettis is currently fifth at 13,662 yards.

The losing this year has been tough for Taylor to endure.

"I hate losing," he said. "I don't consider myself a loser."

If they lose their final three games to the Packers, Colts and Ravens, the Jaguars will finish 4-12 for the first time since their initial season in 1995 when they were an expansion team.


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