Sunday, October 28, 2012
Wrap-up: Packers 24, Jaguars 15
By Paul Kuharsky
Some thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-15 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field:
What it means: Though the Jaguars hung around for a while and actually outgained the Packers 341 yards to 238, they didn’t make the plays they needed to win and fell to 1-6, stuck in last place in the AFC South.
What I didn’t like: The biggest play that offset the Jaguars' yardage advantage was a blocked punt by Green Bay’s Davon House that bounced around and was eventually recovered by Dezman Moses for a score that made it 14-3 in the second quarter. Later Green Bay failed to convert on a fake punt, but the Packers’ special-teams failure wasn’t near as costly as the Jaguars’. The Jaguars trailed 14-12 at the half, but after intermission they endured three consecutive three-and-outs and were outscored 10-3.
Encouraging people, plays and numbers: Blaine Gabbert played through the injury to his left shoulder, taking at least one significant shot to it, and threw for more than 300 yards as the Jaguars limited Aaron Rodgers to 186. Rookie defensive end Andre Branch sacked Rodgers, forcing and recovering a fumble that ultimately set up Gabbert’s touchdown throw to tackle-eligible Guy Whimper. Cecil Shorts pulled in eight passes for 116 yards. Rashad Jennings didn’t do great in his first start for the injured Maurice Jones-Drew with 17 carries for 59 yards, but added six catches for 56 yards.
Have to be better: The Jaguars converted just five of 18 third- and fourth-down attempts, which didn’t extend enough drives to give them enough scoring chances.
What’s next: The Jaguars host the Detroit Lions in their fourth and final game against an NFC North opponent this season. They have lost at Minnesota, to Chicago and at Green Bay.