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Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by Big D, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Big D

    Big D Walk On

    Oct 8, 2009
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  2. Big D

    Big D Walk On

    Oct 8, 2009
    Same Ole' Story - Jags Comeback to win 31-17

    October 22, 2010

    By: Harry Stone, Jacksonville Post-Intelligencer

    JACKSONVILLE, FL- The drum beat continues, and Jacksonville is still undefeated.

    However, it seems as if the Jaguars are walking a precarious line and don't have that same 'edge' they had earlier in the season. This is epecially true to the 'Green Machine' defense.

    The Jaguars had a horrid start to the game, trailing 14-3 in the middle of the first quarter after a interception returned for a touchdown and a long touchdown pass for the Raiders.

    The 11 point deficit was the second most the Jaguars have faced this season, only bested by the 14 point deficit they faced against the Cleveland Browns.

    As we have seen this season the Jaguars are good when facing adversity, and they managed to ride the legs of halfback Maurice Jones-Drew who ran for 130 yards and two scores in the first half. After the second Jones-Drew score the Jaguars would lead 17-14 at halftime.

    They would never turn back.

    Jacksonville ran the ball, burned the clock, and relied on their defense to seemingly coast through the second half and come out victorious 31-17.

    "A win is tough to come by in the OMFL, let's not forget that," opined Coach Dunlap in his post game press conference. "But I'm not very happy with the holes I'm seeing on the defensive side of the football. We are losing the fundamentals that got us to where we are."

    For the third time in the last four games the Jaguars have allowed more than their season average points to their opponents. The 17 points today, however, are a bit misleading as seven of that came from the Raiders defense returning a interception for a touchdown.

    What is glaring hower is the yardage gained. 134 yards through the air. Another 102 on the ground. One of the most balanced attacks the Jaguars have seen all year long.

    Even with the defense bending a bit more than it had in the past, their opportunistic nature continures. They intercepted Raider quarterback Jason Campbell twice, the second returned for a touchdown by reserve cornerback Dwight Carey.

    Also, the front four continues to get solid pressure on the quarterback , with three sacks today including one by league leader Shawne Merriman who now has 12 on the season.

    The Jaguar offense was efficient as usual, with MVP candidate Maurice Jones-Drew carrying the ball 18 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

    David Garrard was quiet but good enough at quarterback going 5 of 10 passing for 89 yards and one touchdown.

    The Jaguars face one of their toughest challenges yet next week when they travel to Indianapolis to face the rejuvenated and finally healthy Colts in Week 15. The Colts just ripped apart the Tennessee Titans 34-7.

    With Jacksonville one win away from possibly clinching the number one overall seed in the playoffs and homefield advantage they may soon face a dillema; Go for a historic undefeated season or rest your starters to stay healthy.

    We shall soon see what they decide.
  3. Big D

    Big D Walk On

    Oct 8, 2009
    Jaguars Prepping for Indy

    Oct. 24, 2010

    By Harry Stone, Jacksonville P-I OMFL Blogger

    Jacksonville, FL- Depending on the outcome of some Monday night contests, the Jacksonville Jaguars could conceivably clinch the #1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

    However Coach Dunlap doesn't seem to show any signs of letting his foot off the gas as the season's end approaches.

    The Jaguars had all of their starters practice in full pads today, and there weren't any signed that the reserves would be seeing substantially more playing time anytime soon.

    When asked about possibly resting starters Dunlap snapped back, "Right now we haven't clinched anything, other than our division."

    Technically that is not totally true. The Jaguars have already clinched a first round bye, and even a massive collapse where they lost their last three games would still see them as the #1 seed heading into the playoffs.

    If Jacksonville did lose their final three games and finish 13-3, the Patriots or Jets would need to win out to overtake them.

    One thing though that has apparently Coach Dunlap has started to preach to his team was the possibility of making OMFL History.

    "I've been telling our guys that this is a chance to put your name in the record books, to do something that nobody else in league history has been able to do and that's go through a regular season undefeated. We are three games from doing that, but we have maybe our three toughest tests remaining."

    Indeed if the Jaguars win out they would become the first ever team to run the gauntlet unscathed, and of course that would mean a chance to go 19-0 with an OMFL Bowl trophy as well.

    If the Jaguars are looking past next week's opponent then they will get a severe wakeup call. They will travel to Indianapolis where the Colts are finally healthy and are flexing their muscles. Last week's 34-7 demolition of the Tennesee Titans signaled that the Colts were once again a force to be wreckoned with.

    The problem for the Colts is that their surge likely won't mean much other than team pride this season. They currently trail San Diego, Denver, Cleveland, and Miami for the final playoff spot. It's not out of the realm of possibilities that Indianapolis could win out and see all four teams stumble in front of them.

    With the conference record tiebreakers all of those teams except Miami would need to lose twice to give the Colts hope.

    Even with the slim chances at a playoff berth, this game stands as perhaps the most highly anticipated of the week.

    The Colts will provide a challenge that the Jaguars might need before the postseason arrives: A hungry and healthy team that is playing some of the best football in the league.

    Let the anticipation begin.
  4. Big D

    Big D Walk On

    Oct 8, 2009
    Jags Mount Crazy Comeback, Silence Critics and Beat Colts 38-34

    Maurice Jones-Drew scores the game winning touchdown in the 4th quarter.

    October 26, 2010​

    By Harry Stone, Jacksonville Post-Intelligencer​

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN- The scoreboard showed impending doom for Jacksonville.​

    20-3. Indianapolis throttling the Jaguars in the mid-second quarter.​

    Nothing was going write for the leagues only undefeated team, as their defense was getting shredded and their offense couldn't figure out how they wanted to attack the eight man fronts of the Colts.​

    After a turnover the Colts again drove into Jaguar territory where they had scored previously on two Peyton Manning touchdown passes and two long field goals by Adam Vinatieri.​

    Just like the previous two drives the Colts stalled just outside the thirty yard line. They would send Vinatieri in to try and make it a three score football game. However this attemnpt would ricochet off the upright and fall to the turf no good.​

    "When they were kicking to go up three scores, it just felt like that was too big of a hole to dig ourselves out of with the way they were playing," commented Coach Dunlap. "When we saw it bounce off and fall no good then I think we just realized that not everything would go against us today. That would give us some confidence and momentum really the rest of the football game."​

    Whatever happened it worked, and the Jaguars would unleash the offensive juggernaut that is Maurice Jones-Drew.​

    The Colts plan coming into the game was to use constant eight man fronts and some 46 defense to contain the Jaguars rushing game.​

    Jacksonville tried to counter this the first quarter and a half by spreading out the Colts with three and four wide receiver sets.​

    With that approach mostly unsuccessful the Jaguars went back to Plan A.​

    "We got the ball back after the missed field goal and Coach said he was just going to start giving me the ball no matter how many defenders they put in the box," said Jones-Drew.​

    It worked.​

    MJD would break a 49 yard stretch play that would get Jacksonville their first touchdown and make it 20-10.​

    After a rare defensive stand, Jones-Drew would this time take a simple inside dive play and somehow come out of a gang tackle then outrace the rest of the Colts defense 61 yards into the end zone.​

    By the time the half had expired the Jaguars had miraculously closed the gap to 20-17. The Colts seemed stunned and their defense no longer was playing with the same confidence and aggression they had early in the game.​

    The Jaguars would look to provide the knockout blow to the bewildered Colts on the first play of the second half, setting up a screen for Jones-Drew. Following a wall of blockers and not much else in front of him, Jones-Drew cut back from one defender then cruised 80 yards for another touchdown.​

    21 straight points and the Jaguars had a 24-20 lead.​

    The Colts struggles on offense would continue and Jacksonville would get the ball back and go back to Jones-Drew again.​

    As he has shown occassionly, Jones-Drew's tendancy to fumble would show up and he would cough the ball up and defensive end Robert Mathis would pick it up and rumble 19 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.​

    Just when it looked like the Colts were done, they'd been saved by their opportunistic defense.​

    Now that defense would get a stop, then Manning would quickly connect on a 49 yard touchdown bomb to Austin Collie so give the Colts a comfortalbe 10 point adtantage.​

    The Jaguars would now look to the passing game, and Garrard would roll out right while evading the blitz and find a wide open Marcedes Lewis would would race to the endzone for a 69 yard touchdown pass.​

    The Jags were within three points heading into the final quarter, but knew their defense needed to get a stop.​

    The Green Machine would bear down and come up big, with safety Gerald Alexander stepping in front of Collie to pick off a pass in the flat, and Alexander did the rest with his legs as he outraced the offensive linemen to the endzone to give the Jaguars a 38-34 lead.​

    The Colts would be stopped on their next possesssion and elect to punt instead of risk a fourth down play in their own territory.​

    Jacksonville would get the ball back with under 4:00 to play and need a few first downs to run out the clock.​

    Three MJD runs and first down #1.....check.​

    Two more runs and a short pass for first down #2....check.​

    Now the Jaguars had needed just one moer first down to end the game.​

    Three more Jones-Drew runs, but this time he would be stopped less than a yard short from the first down marker. Jacksonville had forced Indianapolis to use all of their timeouts but were now forced to punt.​

    The punt was a good one, bouncing out of bounds at the 14 yard line, meaning the Colts had 86 yards to go as only 1:38 to do it.​

    Manning would use crosses and dig routes to complete a couple of passes up to midfield, but the clock would continue to wind down.​

    Knowing he had to now force the issue deep he would hold on to the ball a bit too long and be sacked on third down creating a fourth and long.​

    Fourth down was deja vu, with Manning holding the ball just a bit too much and would be sacked again.​

    When Manning hit the turf the Jaguars exhaled and celebrated.​

    Their quest for history would continue, as they would stay undefeated at 14-0.​

    Maurice Jones-Drew had one of his best games on one of the biggest stages, running for 194 yards and catching a pass for 80 yards for a total of 274 yards of offense and three touchdowns.​

    The Colts are left pondering what moves to make in the offseason to get them over the hump. However it was evident in this game that if the breaks had fallen their way they would have won this game at home. One can sense that the Colts will be back with a ferocity in Season 5, and may have a new fire and passion in themselves,.​

    Meanwhile, the Jaguars now will return home for a date with the rejuvenated Washingon Redskins.​

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