Jets 0

(2-3, 2-1 away)

Jaguars 41

(3-2, 3-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, October 8, 2006

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 0 0 0 00
JAX 14 14 10 341

Top Performers

Passing: B. Leftwich (JAX) - 140 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: F. Taylor (JAX) - 21 CAR, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Williams (JAX) - 4 REC, 53 YDS, 1 TD

Jaguars halt two-game skid with rout of Jets

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Defensive tackle John Henderson jumped up and down at the goal line, shaking his head from side to side and shouting at the top of his lungs.

Peterson injured
The Jacksonville Jaguars might have suffered a big loss in their big win Sunday.

Linebacker Mike Peterson, who leads the team in tackles for the fourth consecutive season, strained a pectoral muscle early in the 41-0 victory against the New York Jets and did not return.

"I don't know how serious that is," coach Jack Del Rio said. "I know it's serious enough that he couldn't return to the game. ... We're going to keep our fingers crossed and hope that's not a serious situation there."

Peterson sprained his right knee in the preseason, but was able to play in the opener. He leads the Jags with 42 tackles. He also has an interception and two quarterback pressures. Losing him would be another huge blow for a team already playing without defensive end Reggie Hayward.

Hayward, who led the team with 8½ sacks last year, ruptured his Achilles tendon in the opener against Dallas and had season-ending surgery.

-- The Associated Press

He wanted a stop. He wanted a shutout. He wanted redemption after an embarrassing defensive performance at Washington.

He got all three.

The Jacksonville Jaguars scored touchdowns on four of their first five possessions, quickly rebounding from consecutive losses and beating the New York Jets 41-0 on Sunday -- the worst Jets loss in 20 years. Henderson and his fellow defenders provided the exclamation point with a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter.

"There was a lot of frustration after the way we played against Washington," Henderson said. "We knew we were better than that. We had to show people that the last game wasn't really us."

They did. The Jags intercepted Pennington three times, forced a fumble, held the Jets to 177 total yards and posted their second shutout of the season. They also continued the offensive barrage that began last week in the 36-30 loss.

It happened early, too.

Maurice Drew ran for two touchdowns, Fred Taylor added another and Byron Leftwich capped the fast start with a 1-yard TD pass to George Wrighster.

The Jets (2-3) provided plenty of help along the way.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Jets were simply overpowered by the Jaguars. Jacksonville's defense dug deep to shut down the Jets' running game until the contest essentially was over.

New York was held to 50 yards rushing in the first half while the Jaguars built a 28-0 lead. Chad Pennington had his worst game of the year, getting sacked four times and throwing three interceptions.

The Jaguars defense, against both the pass and the run, matched up well against the Jets. The corners blanketed New York's receivers, and the defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage.

Pennington threw two interceptions that Jacksonville (3-2) turned into touchdowns, Ben Graham had a punt blocked that resulted in a score and two questionable roughing the passer penalties made it even worse.

"It felt good because last week was a hard one to swallow," offensive tackle Khalif Barnes said. "But we were never down. We knew we would bounce back."

The result was exactly what the Jaguars wanted after losses at Indianapolis and Washington. The offense, almost nonexistent in the second half against the Colts, came up with several big plays against New York's woeful defense. Jacksonville's defense, embarrassed after giving up 481 yards to the Redskins, clamped down on Pennington & Co.

"It was just a plain ol' butt-whipping they laid on us," Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma said.

Pennington finished 10-of-17 for 71 yards. He was picked off three times and sacked three times.

"I don't think there wasn't anything positive coming out of this game," coach Eric Mangini said.

There were plenty of positives for Jacksonville.

Leftwich, Pennington's close friend and former college teammate, fared well in their third meeting. He was 9-of-20 for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

Leftwich had the better supporting cast, too. Taylor ran 21 times for 111 yards, and Drew added 59 yards.

The Jaguars also won despite resting receiver Matt Jones (groin) and defensive linemen Marcus Stroud (ankle/groin) and Marcellus Wiley (groin).

"We just did what we're supposed to be doing," safety Deon Grant said. "We just had one of those fluke games last week. This game was definitely more like our defense."

Brian Williams intercepted Pennington's second pass of the game. Pennington rolled right and threw behind Laveranues Coles, who reached back with his right hand and tipped the ball to Williams.

The Jags quickly turned it into a touchdown.

After a three-and-out by the Jets, Jacksonville scored again. Taylor's 13-yard run up the middle gave the Jaguars 121 yards on 10 plays and a two-touchdown advantage.

But the rout was just getting started.

Gerald Sensabaugh blocked a punt and the Jaguars recovered at the 8-yard line. Three plays later, Drew scored from 4 yards out to make it 21-0.

Pennington's next pass was intercepted by Terry Cousin, and Leftwich made the most of a short field. He found Wrighster in the left corner of the end zone.

The Jaguars sealed the victory with a field goal and a touchdown on their first two possessions of the second half. The touchdown came three plays after Pennington was intercepted for the third time.

"We weren't going to allow them to score," Henderson said. "We wanted to dominate. We wanted another goose egg. We take a lot of pride about that, especially at home."

Game notes

The Jets hadn't lost by such a wide margin since falling 45-3 to Miami on Nov. 24, 1986. ... Jags DE Paul Spicer, whose sack ended Pennington's season a year ago, told the quarterback to "stay healthy" at midfield before the coin toss. ... Taylor had his first 100-yard game of the season. ... Jets RB Leon Washington ran 23 times for 101 yards, the rookie's first 100-yard game.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1119
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5860
Total Yards177312
Yards per play3.15.2
Total Drives1213
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-15-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

jaxTD9:48Maurice Jones-Drew, 6 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 50 yds, 2:09
jaxTD4:49Fred Taylor, 13 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 71 yds, 2:47
jaxTD12:58Maurice Jones-Drew, 4 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 8 yds, 1:25
jaxTD7:17George Wrighster, 1 yd pass from Byron Leftwich (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 23 yds, 4:19
jaxFG10:57Josh Scobee 43 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 59 yds, 4:08
jaxTD8:56Reggie Williams, 16 yd pass from Byron Leftwich (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 24 yds, 1:45
jaxFG2:46Josh Scobee 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 44 yds, 6:45