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Week 14: Jaguars 31, Raiders 17

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    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.


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