Sunday, October 27, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Jacksonville Jaguars
By Michael DiRocco
A few thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 42-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
What it means: The Jaguars are halfway to a dubious historical accomplishment after getting pounded by San Francisco at Wembley Stadium in London. The Jaguars are 0-8 and still on track to become just the second team to go 0-16 in NFL history (2008 Detroit Lions). It was an abysmal first half, with the 49ers at one point having outgained the Jaguars by more than 200 yards. The defense couldn’t stop Frank Gore or Colin Kaepernick. The two drove the 49ers to four consecutive touchdowns, with Kaepernick really hurting the Jaguars with his feet. The Jaguars' offense did show signs of life in the second half, but could manage only one touchdown.
Stock watch: Maurice Jones-Drew touched the ball just 11 times in last week’s loss to San Diego. He more than doubled that against San Francisco, carrying 19 times for 75 yards and catching six passes for 47 yards, by far the most work he’s had this season. Jones-Drew needs to be this heavily involved in the game plan to provide balance in the offense. It was a wasted performance, though, because the Jaguars were overwhelmed defensively.
Development: Mike Brown is developing into a solid No. 3 receiver for the Jaguars. He caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. He was a quarterback at Liberty University who spent much of last season on the practice squad, and this season missed four games because of a fractured vertebra, but he has settled into his role as a slot receiver.
Losing streak continues: The Jaguars have now lost 13 consecutive games dating back to a 24-19 victory over Tennessee on Nov. 25, 2012.
What’s next: The Jaguars have a bye week before returning to action at Tennessee on Nov. 10.