AFC South: 2012 Week 8 coverage

Wrap-up: Packers 24, Jaguars 15

October, 28, 2012
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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 19-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans in overtime at LP Field:

What it means: The Colts are 4-3, and owning a winning record in the AFC counts as a big deal at this point in this season. They sit in second place in the AFC South, while the Titans fall to third at 3-5, having missed a chance to pull to .500.

What I liked, Colts: The Colts' 17-play, 80-yard, 7:02 drive to a tying touchdown with 3:24 remaining in regulation was a real statement. They were missing tight end Coby Fleener (shoulder) and went to a power formation to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Titans’ 8-yard line, converting with a Delone Carter run. He also scored the touchdown.

What I liked better, Colts: Vick Ballard took Andrew Luck's throwback screen pass that just got past defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, sprinted up the left side and dived for the pylon, twisting through the air and scoring a touchdown to end the first possession of overtime and to end the game with a 16-yard scoring reception. It was another 80-yard drive.

What I didn’t like, Titans: The two drives just discussed. In control for much of the game, the Titans allowed the Colts to march to a game-tying touchdown and to what proved a game-winning touchdown at the start of overtime.

Debatable: Linebacker Akeem Ayers may have stripped tight end Dwayne Allen after a catch with 18 seconds left in regulation and the Titans recovered. But officials on the field blew the play dead and said Allen’s forward progress was stopped. Seemed a quick call to me. The home crowd was not pleased as it saw replays.

Too many calls: The Titans were flagged for three offensive pass interferences in the first half -- two against Kenny Britt and one against Kendall Wright. Britt’s second took away a touchdown, and wasn’t called by the nearest officials. Instead, it was called by an official at a distance after a delay.

Field goal battle: Tennessee’s Rob Bironas hit from 39 and 30 and missed wide right from 45. Indianapolis’ Adam Vinatieri hit from 20 and 44, but was blocked from 37 yards by Michael Griffin.

Injury concerns: Colts cornerback Vontae Davis left the game with a knee injury early in the game and didn’t return. Cassius Vaughn was targeted a bunch as his replacement. Tennessee right guard Leroy Harris also hurt a knee and left the game early on, replaced by Kevin Matthews.

What’s next: The Titans host the Chicago Bears while the Colts play the Miami Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium.