AFC South: Carsin Palmer
October, 21, 2012
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Thoughts on the Jaguars’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Raiders in Oakland:
What it means: The Jaguars fell to 1-5 as they blew a third-quarter, two-touchdown lead on the West Coast. Everyone else in the AFC South won, which means the Jaguars are two wins off the pace of the Colts, who they’ve beaten, and the Titans.
What I didn’t like: Receiver Cecil Shorts lost a fumble on the third play of overtime in an absolute worst-case scenario. The turnover gave the Raiders the ball well within Sebastian Janikowski’s field-goal range with the ability to win it with a kick since the Jaguars had had a possession. The Raiders simply centered the ball and let Janikowski hit from 40 yards for the win. It was Jacksonville’s only giveaway of the game, and it was deadly.
Injury concerns: The Jaguars might have survived the early loss of Maurice Jones-Drew to a left foot injury, but when quarterback Blaine Gabbert was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a left shoulder injury it was more than the offense could handle. While Gabbert posted a 123.6 passer rating, Chad Henne couldn’t manage half that with a 54.4, completing less than half his passes.
More of a rush: A typically anemic pass rush generated two sacks and six hits on Carson Palmer, one of which forced a fumble. Palmer missed on 20 of his 46 passes and threw a pick to Derek Cox.
Can’t win with it: The Jaguars converted just one of 15 third downs and failed to convert their one fourth-down attempt.
What’s next: The Jaguars travel to Green Bay in the third game of the season against the NFC North. Jacksonville has lost at Minnesota and to Chicago.