Week 10: Jags 28, Falcons 0

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    Week 10: Jags 28, Falcons 0

    Game was played with a sub, and the Green Machine finally got back on track. Full recap to come when I'm on a computer and not a blackberry!
     
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    Green Machine Shuts Out Ownerless Falcons

    By: Harry Stone, Jacksonville Post-Intelligencer

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    The distractions of the past few weeks seem to finally be behind this Jacksonville Jaguars team. A rock solid defensive performace would lead them to victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

    The Falcons had turmoil of their own this week, as their owner Shuffman was fired by owner Arthur Blank in an attempt to shake things up for a team who has massively underacheived this season. Atlanta are the two time NFC South Division Champions, but have faultered to a 3-6 start and were all but eliminated from playoff contention heading into this Week 11 matchup with the Jaguars.

    Jacksonville would start off with the ball and immediately show the fans in the Geogria Dome the high powered offense they expected to see from the visiting team. The first play from scrimmage was a 74 yard pass to Steve Smith who was tripped up at the 1 yard line and kept from scoring. However, this would be just the start of a massive day for Smith. Two plays later, Maurice-Jones Drew would catch a one yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 after the extra point.

    A quick three and out by Atlanta would give the ball back to the high powered Jaguars offense. They would quickly march into Falcon territory but Drew Brees would make a rare mistake and throw his fifth interception of the season to give the ball back to the Falcons near midfield. However the vaunted Jags defense would come up big with an interception of their own by rookie linebacker Marquis Kassem to set them up with good field position. A few plays later, Brees would hook up with Smith on a 29 yard laser beam strike to the endzone to put Jacksonville up by two scores late in the first quarter.

    The Brees to Smith show would continue in the second quarter, and you could even sense the Falcons' home crowd were in awe of what they were seeing. The pair would hook up for two more long touchdown passes in the quarter, including one 59 yard spectacular catch and run. By the end of the half the Falcons were shellshocked and down 28-0.

    It wouldn't get much better in the second half for the home team, as they would get inside Jaguars territory only twice but fail to score on both drives. The lone bright spot of the day may have been the defense in the second half as the Jaguars were shut out, although Brees and company watched most of the half from the sidelines. The Jaguars defense would remain stingy throughout and put together four quarters of spectacular football to get their first shut out in coach Dunlap's tenure, 28-0. Perhaps even more impressively that defense held Atlanta to just 131 total yards of offense, the fewest allowed by any team this year in the OMFL.

    "I am really proud of what our guys did today on both sides of the football," praised Dunlap. "A lot of pressure has been put on our offense recently with the amount of points we've been giving up on the defensive side. I think if we can get this kind of defense consistently, the pressure will come off and we can get back to playing like we did the first five weeks of the season."

    Steve Smith had another big game with six receptions for 202 yards and three touchdwons. His season numbers are starting to balloon and he now leads the league in touchdowns (14) and receiving yards (1175).

    Atleast partial credit for Smith's big numbers needs to go to rookie receiver Deshaun Tull who continues his impressive first year with six receptions for 116 yards. The threat he has posed on the left side has forced defenses to account for him this year and is getting the constant double teams off of Smith. Specifically, Tull's deep threat ability has transformed this Jaguars offense into one of the most dynamic and efficent forces in the OMFL.

    Jacksonville (7-2) will ride their two game winning streak back home to take on the up and coming Baltimore Ravens (4-5).

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    TEAM STATS

    Jacksonville
    Rushing: 42
    Passing: 345
    Total Offense: 444
    3rd Down: 4/6
    Possession: 13:24
    Turnovers: 1

    Atlanta
    Rushing: 28
    Passing: 103
    Total Offense: 131
    3rd Down: 4/12
    Possession: 18:36
    Turnovers: 1


    PLAYER STATS

    Jacksonville
    Brees- 14/16, 345 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
    Smith- 6 rec, 202 yds, 3 TD
    Tull- 6 rec, 148 yds
    Jones-Drew- 17 rush, 39 yds

    Atlanta
    Ryan- 6/10, 38 yds, 1 INT
    Turner- 15 att, 21 yds
    Pelle- 5 rec, 42 yds
     

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