Wrap-up: Jaguars 41, Buccaneers 14

December, 11, 2011
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Thoughts on the Jaguars’ 41-14 win over the Buccaneers at EverBank Stadium:

What it means: The Jaguars got their fourth win of the season and first under interim coach Mel Tucker in what had to be a cathartic day for a team that had lost three in a row and endured the firing of Jack Del Rio and the news that the team was being sold. Tucker got an ice water bath at the end. The Jaguars showed they can still play with life, can still beat another bad team and can, as is often the case, get massive production out of Maurice Jones-Drew. He turned 33 touches into 136 yards and four touchdowns.

What I liked: The defense had five guys in the starting lineup who weren’t slated to start at the beginning of the season and still managed three sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries (with special teams contributing, too).

What I also liked: Offensive production from people and places other than Jones-Drew. Blaine Gabbert threw two touchdown passes to MJD, the rookie quarterback's second week in a row with two TD strikes. He also made a great deep throw to Marcedes Lewis for a 62-yard gain and found receiver Jarett Dillard five times. Running back DuJuan Harris got just one carry, but took it 24 yards.

What I want to know: If this win changes anything for most people when they learn the Jaguars will be in the Thursday game this week, their second prime-time appearance in three weeks. Rhetorical question, as I know few people outside of Northern Florida excited to see a 4-9 team.

What’s next: The Jaguars have a quick turnaround, playing Thursday night at the Georgia Dome against the Atlanta Falcons.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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