AFC South: 2011 week 2 wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Jets 32, Jaguars 3

September, 18, 2011
Thoughts on the Jaguars’ loss to the Jets at MetLife Stadium:

What it means: The Jaguars came off a Week 1 win against the Titans and produced a complete dud on the road against the Jets. There’s going to be a lot of talk about whether the Jaguars should stick with the change to Blaine Gabbert they made after Luke McCown managed only 59 passing yards to go with four interceptions and a 1.8 passer rating. He was making hopeful throws that had the Jets simply salivating.

Ugly numbers: Antonio Cromartie brought a kickoff return back 46 yards … The Jaguars converted just three of 12 third downs … Jacksonville averaged 3.4 yards per pass play, while the Jets averaged 7.3 … In the first three quarters, the Jaguars had no drive of more than six plays or 32 yards.

Early turning point: Down 9-0 in the first quarter, the Jaguars got the ball at their own 49-yard line after a William Middleton interception. It was a spot where even a field goal drive might have made a difference. But they went three-and-out and punted the ball back to the Jets.

A small source of encouragement: The game was over when he came in, but Gabbert hit on five of six passes for 52 yards, took one sack and posted a passer rating of 102.8. Jack Del Rio said the team will discuss what to do at quarterback going forward in the coming days.

What’s next: A game at Carolina in Week 3 initially looked to be a good trip for the Jaguars to draw. But even though the Panthers are 0-2, they stood toe-to-toe with the champion Packers on Sunday.

Wrap-up: Browns 27, Colts 19

September, 18, 2011
Thoughts on the Colts’ 27-19 loss to the Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium:

What it means: The Colts are 0-2 and struggling. While things were better with Kerry Collins than in the opener, he couldn’t get the Colts into the end zone until the very end when it was too late. He finished 19-of-38 for 191 yards with a touchdown, a pick, a lost fumble and a 62.5 passer rating.

Disappointing: The Colts took drives into the red zone early in the second quarter and early in the third quarter. In six plays in side the Browns' 20-yard line, they moved the ball a total of four yards before settling for field goals. Meanwhile Cleveland scored touchdowns on its first two forays into the red zone.

Better, but… The Colts ran for 109 yards and a 4.2 yard average and held the Browns to 106 yards and a 3.1 yard average. But Peyton Hillis ran for two scores, one through a weak-effort arm tackle by Melvin Bullitt, and that was a huge difference in the game.

Reason for concern: The Colts pass rush should be able to bother an inexperienced quarterback like Colt McCoy, but he hit on 22-of-32 throws for 211 yards and a TD while he was sacked just once and hit just four times. He produced a passer rating of 97.3.

What’s next: The Colts host the Steelers for Sunday Night Football, and a national TV audience will get to see what they look like without Peyton Manning.