1:00 PM ET, October 14, 2007
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Maurice Jones-Drew broke two tackles, outran another defender and then flipped head-over-feels into the end zone.He stood up and took two not-so-modest bows.Then he got a well-deserved standing ovation.
After allowing a franchise-record 282 rushing yards in their opener, the Jaguars defense has given up a total of 200 yards on the ground in the four games since.
|Week 1 vs. Titans||282||L, 13-10|
|Week 2 vs. Falcons||82||W, 13-7|
|Week 3 vs. Broncos||47||W, 23-14|
|Week 5 vs. Chiefs||10||W, 17-7|
|Week 6 vs. Texans||61||W, 37-17|
The Jaguars have struggled against the Texans in their short history. Jacksonville is the only team in its division that Houston has a winning record against, but the Jaguars inched closer to .500 against their AFC South foe with Sunday's win.
|Texans vs. AFC South||W-L|
Taylor was in for two plays in the second half, then sat out the rest of the way because of tightness in his groin. ... Jaguars C Brad Meester (ankle) returned after missing the first four games and bolstered the running game. ... Rosenfels was 11-of-12 for 82 yards, including a 1-yard TD pass to Vonta Leach in the final minute. ... The Texans were 1-of-5 in the red zone.
Jacksonville's formula is simple: control the football. The Jaguars had the ball for more than 18 minutes in the first half despite two uncharacteristic turnovers. They are not very flashy but the Jaguars are a huge, physical team on both sides of the ball and can simply wear their opponents out. Relying on both Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew in the running game ensured that there was a fresh ball carrier in the game at all times. QB David Garrard spread the ball around well and made very good decisions while making just enough plays with his legs. Garrard extended drive after drive, moving the chains while rarely going for the big play. Head coach Jack Del Rio should be commended for creating, and sticking to, a strategy that fits his personnel extremely well.
-- Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.7||7.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-5||3-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|FG||10:29||Kris Brown 20 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yds, 4:36
|FG||9:43||Kris Brown 35 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 6 plays, 23 yds, 2:12
|TD||3:56||George Wrighster, 1 yd pass from David Garrard (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 76 yds, 5:47
|FG||1:04||John Carney 37 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yds, 2:52
|TD||8:20||Reggie Williams, 9 yd pass from David Garrard (John Carney kick blocked)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 81 yds, 6:43
|FG||1:45||Kris Brown 33 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 10 plays, 39 yds, 4:52
|TD||13:17||Maurice Jones-Drew, 7 yd run (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 78 yds, 3:29
|TD||9:12||Daryl Smith, 77 yd fumble return (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 52 yds, 4:16
|TD||5:58||Maurice Jones-Drew, 57 yd run (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 73 yds, 1:26
|TD||0:34||Vonta Leach, 1 yd pass from Sage Rosenfels(Samkon Gado run for 2pt conversion)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 89 yds, 5:19