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Wrap-up: Jets 32, Jaguars 3

9/18/2011

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.