Week 17: Jaguars (42), Browns (7)

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    Oct 8, 2009
    Week 17: Jaguars (42), Browns (7)

    Jags Win 10 of 11 Heading into Playoffs
    By: Harry Stone, Jacksonville Post-Intelligencer


    "That could have been us."

    That was the quote from Jaguars star halfback Maruice Jones-Drew referring to the Cleveland Brows 3-13 record to finish the 2010 season.

    "Really, if you look where we started we were playing that poorly. Nothing against them, but yeah we were that bad once too."

    But does anybody remember? Certainly not many after this 42-7 drubbing they put on Cleveland in the final week of the regular season.

    Jacksonville led from the get go, using a 76 yard opening drive capped off by a rumbling 39 yard catch and run by fullback Greg Jones.

    On the ensuing drive, Cleveland would get into field goal range, but face a third and long from their own 28 when quarterback Derek Anderson would try to heave one into the endzone only to overthrow his receiver by 10 yards and right towards free safety Eric Weddle. The ball bounced off of Weddle, then bounced off of cornerback Kelly Jennings and then into the hands of Browns receiver Massaqoui for their only score of the football game.

    The Jaguars would dominate the rest of the football game, pulling their entire first string offense and defense in the 3rd quarter and cruise to the victory. They even got 120 yards and 2 touchdowns from rookie tailback Rashad Jennings.

    "Our plan going in was to play everybody one half, then rest them the second half. We didn't deviate from that script at all," said Coach Dunlap. "Rashad was fantastic in relief again, helping us get out to a comfortable lead. He is going to be a fantastic back in the OMFL for years to come."

    Once again it was the Jaguars vaunted defense that dominated, finishing the season allowing only 333 points on the season (20.8 per game) good enough for 7th best in the OMFL.

    "Our defense was a crazy touchdown catch away from a shutout. They are a bunch of meatheads, but I say that with love. What a season. Our defense is the reason we are heading to the playoffs."

    The praise from Dunlap had a little bit of 'told you so' in his tone. Take away Patrick Kerney, and those of you outside Jacksonville reading this probably can't name two guys who play. However the unit Dunlap built from the ground up has morphed into a fearsome squad.

    Their next test will come this week against a team they humbled two weeks ago; the New England Patriots. It was then that the Jaguars held the Patriots to their lowest point output of the year (17). It will be up to them to repeat that performance or they will be watching the second round from their living rooms.

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