- Phil Sears – USA Today Sports
The Jacksonville Jaguars got off to a strong start in the first quarter and many fans thought they could be on their way to a second straight win.
Through the rest of the game, however, they reminded the world why they are one of the worse offenses in the NFL and ended up getting outscored by the Arizona Cardinals on their way to a 27-14 loss that puts them at 1-9 after 11 games.
There were some bright spots on the team, for sure, as they played possibly their best first quarter this season. Chad Henne was finally able to find the end zone on a touchdown pass to TE Danny Noble and Maurice Jones-Drew also scored but after the first period, there weren’t many positives to take from this matchup.
Out of all the offensive players on the Jags team today, nobody had a stranger game than Jones-Drew. The star running-back carried the ball 14 times and rushed for only 23 yards, but still ended up scoring a touchdown. Sadly for Jags’ fans, he was virtually a non-factor the rest of the game and disappeared, just like the rest of the offense, in the second half.
The secondary didn’t fare much better either. The defense allowed a total of 416 total yards to the Cardinals and made Carson Palmer, a journeyman who has been average throughout his career, look like a solid signal-caller. Palmer ended the game with 419 yards and 2 TD passes, but most of it was due to mistakes from the Jags defensive line.
It was another game and another loss for the Jaguars. There aren’t many positives to take out from today and they made completely clear, as judged by their performance in the second half, that their biggest intention this year is to have the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.