Jacksonville Jaguars: 2013 Week 11 ARI at JAC Rapid Reaction
August, 27, 2014
By Mike DiRocco | ESPN.com
The Jaguars will face four teams that made the playoffs in 2013 and three of those will come in the first four weeks: at Philadelphia, vs. Indianapolis, and at San Diego. The remaining game in the first month is at Washington, and that's a tough start to the schedule for a franchise that has won just six games in the past two seasons and needs a good start. The Jaguars need to at least be competitive in that stretch to show that the franchise has made some progress in Year 2 of the rebuild. Getting blown out, like they did in the first eight games of 2013, will ruin the offseason momentum generated by the development of Bortles and the stadium renovations that include two pools and the world's largest video boards.
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November, 17, 2013
By Michael DiRocco | ESPN.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 27-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
What it means: The Jaguars were trying to achieve something that hasn't happened since 2010: win back-to-back games. They beat Tennessee and Oakland in consecutive weeks in December that season but have won just eight games since. There is a silver lining in the loss, though. Tampa Bay was routing the Falcons, which leaves the Jaguars as the league's only team with a single victory and puts them in the lead for the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 draft.
Stock watch: Punter Bryan Anger had perhaps his best game of the season, averaging nearly 50 yards per punt and pinning the Cardinals deep in their own territory. In the third quarter alone he forced the Cardinals into starting drives on their 9-, 10- and 2-yard line. Anger kept the Jaguars in the game while the offense sputtered in the second half. Cornerback Alan Ball had a solid game, too, by breaking up four passes in the first half -- three of which were intended for Michael Floyd.
TOs overturned: The Jaguars had what appeared to be two turnovers deep in Arizona territory wiped out. Patrick Peterson fumbled a punt at his own 10-yard line. Three Jaguars pounced on the ball but somehow Peterson came out with it and the Cardinals retained possession. Replays appeared to show long-snapper Carson Tinker coming out of the pile with the ball and the Jaguars challenged the play, but officials upheld the ruling on the field. Two plays later, middle linebacker Russell Allen intercepted Carson Palmer's pass to Larry Fitzgerald, but officials announced after the play that the Cardinals had called timeout before the snap.
Sneaky: The Jaguars scored their first touchdown on an interesting fourth-and-1 call. They lined up at their own 38 with extra tight ends. The Cardinals played run all the way, and the play-action fake allowed recently acquired tight end Danny Noble to get behind the first level of defenders. Chad Henne hit him with a good pass and Noble broke a tackle to score a 62-yard touchdown. What made the play work is the fact that Noble is a blocking tight end who had played in only five games and never had a catch until Sunday.
What's next: The Jaguars will play at Houston on Sunday.