- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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What it means: The Jaguars are 1-3 and even against a struggling pass defense they couldn’t generate much passing offense. Even those who wanted to show a bit more patience have to declare there has been insufficient progress from the passing game.
What I didn’t like: Jacksonville couldn’t cover A.J. Green who caught six balls for 117 yards and a touchdown. Rashean Mathis had a hard time matching up with Green when he had to. If Derek Cox is the player the Jaguars think he is, they may have to move to a scheme that puts their top cornerback on an opponent’s top receiver if he’s a singular threat.
Ugly numbers: The Jaguars converted just two of 11 third downs (though they held the Bengals to the same numbers). Even worse, none of Jacksonville’s 10 possessions started beyond their own 23-yard line. That’s a long field to have to drive. I thought with their kicking teams they were supposed to fare well consistently in field position. Instead they are getting shredded by a fake punt.
Issues with sacks: Andy Dalton had a solid game quarterbacking Cincinnati, with 20 completions in 31 attempts for 244 yards, two touchdowns, a pick and a 96.8 passer rating. The Jaguars failed to sack him once, and were credited with just one QB hit by game statisticians. Meanwhile, with left guard Eben Britton and right tackle Cameron Bradfield back from injuries and in the lineup, the Jaguars allowed six sacks of Blaine Gabbert, who was hit seven times.
What’s next: The Jaguars host the Chicago Bears, with at least one small advantage. The Bears will be playing a road game coming off a short week following a Monday night game against Dallas.