Sunday, December 5, 2010
Titans no match for Jones-Drew's effort
Ground-game dominance was the theme of Sunday's early afternoon games, most notably in the performance of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
There was no secret to what the Jaguars game-plan was in this win over the Tennessee Titans. Of Drew's 31 rushes for a career-best 186 yards, 29 of the carries came when Jacksonville was lined up in an I-formation.
Even extra defenders were no match for his work, as Jones-Drew rushed for 125 yards at 6.9 yards a clip when the Titans had eight defenders in the box against him.
It was the fifth straight game in which Jones-Drew rushed for at least 100 yards and his primary effectiveness has been running the ball up the middle. Prior to the start of the streak, Jones-Drew never surpassed 70 yards on rushes between the tackles. He's done so four times during the streak, with 91 yards when running up the middle on Sunday.
Jones-Drew's 186 yards was the third-most rushing yards in a game in Jaguars history. Fred Taylor had 234 yards on November 19, 2000 against the Steelers and 194 yards against the Saints on December 21, 2003.
Other statistically significant accomplishments from early Sunday, with help from the folks at the Elias Sports Bureau and Pro-Football-Reference.com:
Saints running back Chris Ivory had a 55-yard rushing touchdown, the longest Rush TD by the Saints since Deuce McAllister in 2003 (76 yards at PHI). Ivory rushed for 117 yards and joins Pierre Thomas (last season) as the only Saints players since the 2004 season to have 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the same game.
Brandon Jacobs had his 40th rushing touchdown of less than 10 yards, tying Rodney Hampton for the most such touchdowns since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. All 103 yards for Jacobs against the Washington Redskins came in situations in which Washington had seven defenders in the box. The Giants had four rushing touchdowns in a single game for the first time at home since 1997 against the Bengals.
Knowshon Moreno rushed for a career-high 161 yards, the second 100-yard game of his career, both coming this season against the Chiefs. Moreno is the only player to rush for 100 yards against Kansas City this season.