Jacksonville Jaguars Week 3 Wrap Up
Score: Eagles 28, Jaguars 3.
The storyline: Nationally, this game got attention because of a second consecutive impressive start for Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, but from the Jaguars' perspective, the only storyline was a second consecutive disappointing effort not only as a team, but from quarterback David Garrard. A week after a 38-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Jaguars returned home and were never really that competitive in losing to the Eagles. Garrard, after throwing four interceptions against San Diego, completed 13 of 30 passes for 105 yards and no touchdowns with one interception.
Key moment: There were moments early when the Jaguars were in the game, and late in the second quarter, they trailed just 7-3. The Eagles faced 2nd-and-10 from the Jaguars 16 and had no timeouts with 12 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Had the Jaguars gotten a stop, they could have entered halftime trailing by a touchdown -- or even less. Instead, Vick found wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for a 16-yard touchdown and a 14-3 lead.
Key stat: Few of the statistics favored the Jaguars, but one glaring number was a 373-184 advantage for the Eagles in total yards. While Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 88 yards on 22 carries, he did not score a touchdown and has not scored this season, marking the first time in his career he has been without a touchdown three games into the season,
Where they stand: The Jaguars, after an uplifting victory over the Denver Broncos in Jacksonville in Week 1, have lost two consecutive games in disheartening fashion. Their last two losses have come by a combined 66-16 and they haven't scored a touchdown in the last two weeks except for a relatively meaningless touchdown pass by Garrard late in the fourth quarter against San Diego. After being tied with Houston and Tennessee for first place after Week 1, the Jaguars are now alone in last place at 2-1.
Notable: Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox, a starter in all 16 games as a rookie last season, was active after being inactive last week. But he remained out of the starting lineup, with David Jones starting. Cox was pulled from the lineup when he struggled in the season opener. The move is being questioned by Jacksonville media -- along with a whole lot of other things in the wake of two consecutive one-sided losses.
Quick quote: "One of the biggest things you can look at is where we had mistakes at, where we didn't execute and you build from that you have to. One of the biggest things I've learned is in my years of playing is you start to look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'What can I do to be better?' It all starts with you when you look at yourself and say, 'What do I need to do to make sure I'm taking my game to the next level?' If everybody does that then we can be better as a team."
--- Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison