Well my friends, this was absolutely one of the most exciting Jaguars wins of all time, certainly in the Top 5 during the regular season.
However, we must remember that the team beat the Colts in 2008 in an exciting game on his way to a 5-11 record, so let’s no get carried away. If you want consistency out of this team, we need consistency as fans, too.
Still, it was an impressive performance from a lot of players;
- Josh Scobee: the team’s MVP up to this point, with Marcedes Lewis and Aaron Kampman as other candidates. This guy is 7 of 8 in game winning field goals, with his lone miss against the Steelers in 2004 from 60 yards. Move over, Adam Vinatieri, we have a new clutch-king in the NFL.
-MJD isn’t back 100% but he’s almost there.
-Monroe and Britton were impressive, but we have to credit Dirk Koetter for “blocking” Freeney and Mathis with an effective game-plan of quick passes and lots of runs.
- David Garrard: two excellent games, two bad games. Against Buffalo the Jags need a decent performance out of you, that’s all. Congrats for a great bounce-back game.
- On the rise: Mike Thomas, Kirk Morrison, Adam Podlesh, Tiquan Underwood.
- Gerald Alexander: a decent player, certainly better than Considine. He has the closing speed that Sean doesn’t have. Also, welcome back Mr. Anthony Smith.
- Players that disappointed: Mike Sims-Walker, Russell Allen, (no playmaking ability), David Jones and Derrick “no impact” Harvey. Terrance Knighton didn’t have a good game, missing some tackles inside.
- Longest pass play after 4 games: 26 yards. Longest run: 25 yards. That’s awful. The Jaguars are long overdue for a long play, especially MJD.
Against Buffalo the formula will be simple. Run the ball, run some more and pass on some first and 10 or third and short. Try to keep the Bills honest with a couple of long balls. And then continue running.
Both special teams are pretty good. On defense, I expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to torch our weak secondary for 250 yards, but their offensive line is awful, so the chances of getting multiple sacks, fumbles or create bad throws for interceptions are good.
The first quarter is the key. If the Jags take a commanding lead, the game should be over. But the up and down play of the Jack del Rio era and our weak secondary gives the Bills a chance.
Make no mistake; this is a big game for Jack del Rio. Probably his biggest ever. This is the type of game his teams lose after a big win. Fortunately, this time will be different: Jaguars win 24-17, improve their record to 3-2 for a crucial MNF clash against the Titans.
- Fabio Rios