Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wrap-up: Redskins 20, Jaguars 17 OT
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Jaguars’ overtime loss to the Redskins at EverBank Field.
What it means: The Jaguars fell to 8-7 but will have playoff life heading into Week 17. But they’ll have to beat Houston and have the Titans beat the Colts in order to get in.
What I didn’t like: Poor offensive production from the Jaguars all game. Against a patchwork defense, even without Maurice Jones-Drew, they needed to move the ball better and find more points. David Garrard threw high, missed Zach Miller early and found Carlos Rogers, whose interception return set up a touchdown drive. Josh Scobee hooked a 44-yard field goal that could have chopped into a 10-0 deficit. And Garrard’s interception under pressure deep in his own end was an unacceptably casual throw that set up Graham Gano’s game-winning field goal.
What I liked: The call and execution on Garrard’s 20-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw late in the fourth quarter that set up overtime. The overall showing from the receivers was good -- Mike Thomas was the Jaguars’ best playmaker with six catches for 96 yards and a score, Jason Hill converted a third-and-15 with a 37-yard reception and finished with four catches for 77 yards, and Mike Sims-Walker had a pretty catch and run for 31 yards on his lone target.
Things I want to know: How do you hold Washington to four-for-15 on third down and not win? Why don’t the Jaguars get away from bouncing punts when they can get in big trouble if the ball caroms off of one of their players? Why the penalties? Seven calls for 66 yards hurt and were a sign of a sloppy team executing poorly. How can you do that in such a crucial game?
What’s next: The Jaguars head to Houston for their season finale. It’s a rematch of the game Jacksonville won on a Hail Mary on Nov. 14. It still has the potential to get the Jaguars into the playoffs.