Week 7: Jags 34, Steelers 3

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    Green Machine Makes Its Return

    December 27, 2010
    By: Harry Stone, Jacksonville Post-Intelligencer

    JACKSONVILLE, FL- The Jacksonville Jaguars entered last week’s bye with lots of question marks and uncertainties.

    The defending OMFL Champions, who had won 24 straight games, had seemingly lost their aura of invincibility with a defense that had been porous and a couple of close come from behind victories.

    According to Coach Dunlap the focus during the off week was to get back to not just winning football games, but dominating them.

    “There is a certain ‘X’ factor that you have to account for when everybody is gunning for you now,” explained Dunlap. “There’s no doubt, we expect to get everybody’s best now and we have been getting that. It’s our job now to also raise our level as well.”

    The Jaguars did just that against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7, with a dominating performance by a rejuvenated Green Machine defense and a balanced offensive attack led by reigning OMFL MVP Maurice Jones-Drew.

    The pace was set from the beginning as on the opening drive Jacksonville used an assortment of Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings runs to march down the field with ease. Jennings would punch it in from three yards out to put Jacksonville up early.

    After a three and out by the Steelers, the Jaguars would get the ball back and again move down the field. This time they would mix in a few Matthew Stafford passes, including the 11 yard scoring strike to rookie Derek Kimble.

    The second quarter was also all Jaguars as they would score two more touchdowns, the first a 15 yard Stafford scramble and the second an MJD touchdown run to make it 28-0 late in the half.

    The Green Machine defense would pick off Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to give them another chance to score late in the half. However their drive stalled at the 43 yard line, and this time Coach Dunlap got greedy and tried to kick a 60 yard field goal. Josh Scobee’s attempt would fall short giving Pittsburgh great field position.

    They would take advantage and finally get on the scoreboard with a field goal making it 28-3 at the half.

    The second half would belong to both defenses, as the Steeler defense would stiffen up and keep Jacksonville out of the end zone and allow only two Scobee field goals.

    However the Jaguar defense was even better, forcing Roethlisberger into two more interceptions and shutting out the Steelers in the second half, making the final score 34-3.

    Jones-Drew would finish the day with a season high 30 rushing attempts for 179 yards and a touchdown.

    Stafford also contributed efficiently going 10/17 for 165 yards and one touchdown.

    Jacksonville (6-0) now faces a tough test in a Week 8 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The Steelers (1-5) meanwhile will travel to CIncinnatti in a divisional matchup against the Bengals.

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