The Jaguars have another home win under their belt as they defeated the Cleveland Browns 24-20 on Sunday despite committing six turnovers.
The Jaguars defense deserves a large share of the credit for today’s victory. They were put in some deep holes due to some ugly turnovers, but only allowed the Browns offense to put 13 points on the scoreboard. The defensive line, playing their second game without leader Aaron Kampman, harassed rookie quarterback Colt McCoy the entire game and accounted for six sacks. The front seven also had another strong performance against the run, holding Peyton Hillis to only 48 yards rushing. This young defense is starting to show a noticeable improvement, and will be important if the Jaguars want to make a run at the division title this season.
David Garrard played awful. Usually that is a recipe for the Jaguars to get blown out, but the offense found ways to move the ball even though they were not having their best game. Maurice Jones-Drew played like a man, totaling 219 yards of total offense and scoring the game winning touchdown.
With the win, the Jaguars move to 6-4 on the season and could be in first place in the AFC South by the end of the day. The Jags played awful down the stretch last year, going 1-5 in their final six games. They will certainly have to do much better than that if they want to make the playoffs this year. The schedule does not get much easier as the Jags play three of their next four games on the road against tough opponents. This team has shown a flair for the dramatic this season and I expect to see more of the same the rest of the way.