Sunday, October 2, 2011
Wrap-up: Saints 23, Jaguars 10
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Saints’ 23-10 loss to the win over the Jaguars:
What it means: The Jaguars have lost three in a row and don’t have a lot of cause for encouragement right now except that if the Colts lose in Tampa Bay Monday night Jacksonville won’t be in last place.
What I didn’t like: Daryl Smith should never, ever, ever allow Drew Brees to run him out of bounds during an interception return. Jacksonville spent an awful lot of money on defenders for them to allow the Saints to run for 177 yards on them. More ugly numbers: Tight end Jimmy Graham caught 10 passes for 132 yards and a TD; the Saints finished with 507 net yards and 37:05 in time of possession.
Turning point:The Jaguars were in reasonable shape with 9:20 still on the clock in the third quarter, trailing 17-10 when Blaine Gabbert threw his interception to Patrick Robinson. The Saints marched to a field goal and it was never within a single score again.
The good developments: The Jaguars had two picks and three sacks of one of the league’s top quarterbacks. And Maurice Jones-Drew, with 391 rushing yards though four games, has the most in franchise history after four games.
What’s next: A matchup of rookie quarterbacks at EverBank Field when Gabbert squares off against Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton.