- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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What it means: The Jaguars allowed Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to end a stretch of 17 scoreless possessions he quarterbacked en route to a loss that dropped them to 2-11. They remain contenders for both a postseason front office shake-up and for the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
What I didn’t like: The Jets are far better rushing the ball on offense than passing it, and the Jaguars allowed them to do just that. Bilal Powell turned 19 carries into 78 yards and a score and Shonn Greene took his 20 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown. That meant Sanchez only needed to manage things and he did well enough, completing 12 of 19 passes for 111 yards. Chad Henne had to throw it 43 times and while he made a of couple of big fourth-down conversion throws in the Jaguars' last-ditch drive, the last one resulted in a game-sealing interception when he threw it long and receiver Kevin Elliott broke off his route.
What could have been: Derek Cox forced a Jeremy Kerley fumble after a second-quarter, 7-yard gain and it appeared Dwight Lowery recovered it, got up and went 60 yards up the sideline for a touchdown. But the replay review showed Kerley touched Lowery while he was down. Instead of a touchdown, the Jaguars got four plays and then had to punt.
Impact play: Jason Babin produced a pass-rusher’s trifecta with a sack of Sanchez that forced a fumble that Babin recovered himself. It’s just the sort of thing Jacksonville was looking for when it claimed Babin off waivers from Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago.
One good sign: The Jaguars gave up one 37-yard pass play. Beyond that, they really made the Jets drive the ball, as the second longest play was 14 yards. The Jaguars got only three plays over 20 yards themselves, nothing bigger than Montell Owens’ pretty 36-yard touchdown run.
Big differential: The Jets committed just one penalty for 15 yards while the Jaguars were flagged for seven that cost them 54 yards.
What’s next: The Jaguars travel south for a game at Miami.