Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wrap-up: Cardinals 31, Jaguars 17
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The Jaguars fought a division opponent pretty well on the road last week. At home against someone unfamiliar, the Jaguars looked like the team we feared they might be this season in a 31-17 loss to Arizona.
They didn’t rush the passer, who in turn made them pay, turning good protection and receivers who know how to get open into a record day.
Kurt Warner shredded the Jaguars defense, connecting on 24 of 26 pass attempts for a single-season record 92.3 percent completion percentage. David Garrard, meanwhile, connected on 53.5 percent of his 43 attempts.
To make matters worse for the Jaguars, they had a field goal blocked and returned for a touchdown, gave up 4.2 yards a carry to a team that’s supposed to be weak running the ball, had a sure touchdown bounce off Nate Hughes’ helmet and only got 17 touches for their top weapon, Maurice Jones-Drew.
I would have liked to have seen Troy Williamson jump up after his fumble and try to make a tackle. Was he hurt? That didn’t look like a good sign, but I only saw snippets.
We’ll discuss it more Monday, of course.
In the meantime brace yourself -- all the jokes about the blackout being a good thing are just getting started.