Wrap-up: Bears 41, Jaguars 3
October, 7, 2012
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Thoughts on the Jaguars' 41-3 loss to Chicago at EverBank Field:
What it means: The Jaguars actually looked good for a half as they were part of a defensive, 3-3 struggle. It didn’t take long after that, however, for the opportunistic Bears to bury the Jaguars and make them look ever bit a 1-4 team with talent that simply doesn’t match up to quality teams around the league.
What went wrong: With the Bears up 5-3, Blaine Gabbert threw a terrible pass that never had a chance to get to Justin Blackmon. Charles Tillman easily picked it and took it back for a 36-yard touchdown broke the game open and the Jaguars never recovered while Chicago poured it on. Gabbert threw a ball that was tipped and returned by linebacker Lance Briggs for another 36-yard score and lost a fumble. The second-year quarterback wound up with a 37.7 passer rating. The defense allowed the Bears to convert 61 percent on third and fourth downs.
No enough time for enough chances: It doesn’t matter how good Maurice Jones-Drew is if you’re only going to be able to get him 12 touches in the run game on a Sunday afternoon. He carried a dozen times for 56 yards. The Bears average a full three yards more per carry than the Jaguars did and Chicago held the ball for 36 minutes.
Have to have more early: The Jaguars didn’t score in the first quarter and have have a grand total of six first-quarter points though five games this year. That’s a terrible mark for a team that needs to play from ahead to have a chance to utilize its best player in the best fashion.
One good thing: Receiver Cecil Shorts made the most athletic, playmaker-like catch by the Jaguars I can remember in some time by Jacksonville, a great one-handed stretch and fall.
What’s next: The Jaguars have arrived at their week off. I don’t know what drastic changes are available to them, but it’s sure hard to sell patience and staying the course considering where that’s gotten them.
Final Green Bay 38 Chicago 17 Final Buffalo 17 Houston 23 Final Tennessee 17 Indianapolis 41 Final Carolina 10 Baltimore 38 Final Detroit 24 New York 17 Final Tampa Bay 27 Pittsburgh 24 Final Miami 38 Oakland 14 Final Jacksonville 14 San Diego 33 Final Atlanta 28 Minnesota 41 Final Philadelphia 21 San Francisco 26 Final New Orleans 17 Dallas 38