The Jags had a difficult assignment, as they were without their two main offensive players — both Cecil Shorts III and Maurice Jones-Drew were inactive for today’s contest and it was noticeable down the stretch. Despite the fact that the role players stepped it up, the Jags couldn’t rally back and ended up losing 27-20.
The Jags’ defense wasn’t as sharp as they have been in recent games and after surrendering 20 points in the first half, the road was very steep and the team couldn’t recover. If there was one main reason behind their loss, it was the costly turnovers on the offensive side of the ball.
Chad Henne wasn’t very accurate and despite throwing two TD passes, he also had two interceptions. The offense as a whole fumbled three times, but no play was more decisive than the forced fumble against rookie Denard Robinson just a yard short of the goal line.
Robinson was on his way to score the first TD of his career, but he dropped the ball when entering the end zone. The play resulted in a touchback and the Jags clearly lost momentum from there.
The team still tried to compete until late in the game, but couldn’t come out on top, showing the team still has lots of things to improve. Players like Jordan Todman (25 carries, four rec and 153 total yards) and Ace Sanders (two rec, one TD) surely did what they could to replace Shorts III and Jones-Drew, but if the offense isn’t able to take care of the ball, this team is not going to go very far the reminder of the year.