Offense continues to sputter in Jacksonville

Green Bay's offense scored its first and only touchdown of the preseason, but it wasn't enough to overcome Josh Scobee, a rookie kicker who got on track for the Jacksonville Jaguars.<p>

Scobee, who missed three of his first four field goal attempts this preseason, made all three of his attempts Friday night to lead the Jaguars to a 9-7 preseason win over the Packers at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville.

The Packers fell to 1-2 in the preseason while the Jaguars improved to 2-1. The Packers must reduce their roster to 74 players by 3 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday.

Aside from Brett Favre's 52-yard bomb to Robert Ferguson for a touchdown in the second quarter, Green Bay's offense has yet to get on track. The Packers often hurt themselves with penalties or turnovers and fell short again of a solid performance that coaches want to see from its starters in the third preseason game.

"We had a 13-play drive and we had a 17-play drive, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties," said Packers coach Mike Sherman. "We ended up turning the ball over a couple of times. ... Certainly the mistakes have to be cleaned up."

The Packers were penalized 13 times for 103 yards. Green Bay out-gained the Jaguars through three quarters, 263 yards to 154, but often hurt themselves with penalties.

Favre completed 9 of 14 passes for 127 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the first half. Ahman Green led the way on the ground with 39 yards on nine carries, but left the game late in the second quarter with a bruised kneecap. Sherman said afterward the Green's injury does not appear to be serious.

Ferguson, playing seeing his first game action of the preseason, caught three passes for 83 yards, including the scoring grab.

The Packers had the longest drive of the first quarter, moving from their 13-yard line to the Jaguars' 30 before the drive stalled. Packers wide receiver Javon Walker had a pass bounce off his hands in the end zone, as Walker had beaten cornerback Kiwaukee Thomas deep.

The Packers had 196 yards at halftime from its first-team offense, but both of Favre's interceptions led to 23- and 32-yard field goals from Scobee.

"We can't continue to move backward when we have to move forward," said Sherman about the offense.

Scobee's 43-yarder midway through the fourth quarter was the game-winner and he celebrated that kick by booting the ensuing kickoff into and out of the end zone.

"This has done wonders for my confidence," said Scobee, a rookie fifth-round draft choice from Louisiana Tech. That prompted the Jaguars to sign veteran kicker Steve Christie on Thursday, but Christie didn't kick against the Packers. Scobee handled all three Jaguars field goal attempts.

Craig Nall also saw his first action of the preseason but failed to complete a pass in five attempts. Tim Couch did not suit up because of a sore right arm. Veteran Doug Pederson played in the third quarter and moved the offense better than of his competitors. Scott McBrien entered the game after Nall and had the Packers on the move with less than two minutes remaining, but was intercepted by cornerback Blue Adams with 28 seconds left as the Jaguars sealed the victory.

Green Bay's defense continued to show improvement, especially against the run. The Packers held Jaguars without a touchdown and kept an opponent out of the end zone for the second straight preseason game. The Packers, who entered the game allowing just 2.8 yards rushing per game and 69.0 yards rushing per game, held the Jaguars to 17 yards rushing in the first half.

Defensive linemen Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Cletidus Hunt each registered sacks of Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich, as the starters took a 7-6 lead into halftime.

"I will say this, in the preseason it is more difficult from an offensive standpoint to get your running game going because you're in and out of different players, and there is not the consistency that you need in the running game," said Sherman. "But I thought our run defense played well."

Leftwich went 13 of 21 for 117 yards, but the Jaguars' first-team offense has yet to produce a touchdown in three games. The second-year quarterback had a 38-yard completion to Jimmy Smith wiped out by a penalty, and breakdowns forced Leftwich to settle for field goals on two other drives.

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