Week 6: Rams (13) vs. Jaguars (20)

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    Oct 8, 2009
    Week 6: Rams (13) vs. Jaguars (20)

    Jags “Drew†their gameplan right, defeat Rams

    by Anthony Vargas
    Blogger, Florida Times-Union

    *NOTE: This article was written with information provided by Jaguars coach and is written with his permission.*

    After a few weeks on the sidelines with an injury, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is proving why he is the best back in the OMFL today, getting 124 yards on 18 carries and 3 receptions for 59 yards, scoring the only two touchdowns for Jacksonville (1 rushing, 1 receiving) and being the man in the Jaguars 20-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams at Alltel Stadium.

    David Garrard, while completing 12 of 18 passes, was wildly inconsistent, missing on easy throws early while throwing 2 interceptions and 1 touchdown and accumulating 193 yards through the air. His only pass catchers other than Jones-Drew were Torry Holt (4 catches for 50 yards) and rookie Jarett Dillard (5 catches for 84 yards). Most of the offensive explosion today can be placed squarely on MJD's broad shoulders.

    The Rams proved a tougher than expected opponent for the 1-4 Jags, showing that even with less than stellar talent, a lot of heart can go a long way towards winning in the OMFL. Rams QB Marc Bulger went 15 of 28 for 140 yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception in relief of the newly acquired Brady Quinn, formerly of the Cleveland Browns. Quinn went 5 of 9 for 73 yards and 1 interception before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury to his abdomen.

    St. Louis started the scoring with an early second quarter field goal by Josh Brown after a David Garrard interception on a poorly thrown post pattern. Another poorly thrown ball in the second quarter on a quick slant route that was intercepted, bringing Garrard's total of interceptions this year to 9 against only 4 touchdowns, brought the boobirds out in force. Garrard's second pick of the game led to a Rams touchdown. Maurice Jones-Drew's 73 yard scamper at the end of the second quarter, however, got the Jags to halftime only down 10-7.

    A fake punt on their own 40 yard line in the third quarter, a bold move by Coach Dunlap, fired the team up and got the offense in position to get a field goal from free agent Rob Bironas to tie the game at 10 each.

    The Rams running game is still struggling after losing stellar halfback Stephen Jackson in the first game to a INJURY INSERT. The Jaguars' interior run defense did not help improve the running game for the Rams. Former Colt Joseph Addai is proving he cannot carry the load, running for only 31 yards on 16 carries. The Jaguars did not allow running lanes to open all day, forcing the Rams to throw to get their offense. Rams new acquisition Marques Colston did catch 6 passes for 97 yards in the losing effort, however.

    Another field goal by Rod Bironas put the Jaguars in the lead. The defense then stepped up after allowing a long drive by the Rams into the red zone, stopping the Rams on two plays inside the 5 yard line and forcing a chip shot field goal by Josh Brown to tie the game again at 13.

    A 47 yard checkdown to Maurice Jones-Drew from Garrard got Jacksonville ahead for good, and a late interception by former Charger Eric Weddle sealed the win.

    “We needed that win badly,†Coach Dunlap said during his question and answer portion of his post game conference. “We need to build some confidence in our team right now, and Maurice (Jones-Drew) being healthy is a huge boost. That guy is truly a beast on the field.â€ÂÂ

    The Jaguars will need Jones-Drew to continue to be a beast to get back into a tough AFC South, where they look up at a surging Tennessee team, a high flying offense in Houston, and one of the best teams in the OMFL in the Indianapolis Colts.

    Can they do it? I wouldn't bet against MJD.

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