When the Jacksonville Jaguars look back upon the 2006 season, the date of Sunday, October 22nd may be a date in which they can say that their season changed and not for the good. In an effort that Jags fans have not seen in some time, the kats were embaressed with a 27-7 loss in Houston to a Texans team that coming into Sunday looked like the second worst team in the league next to the Raiders. The loss was lowlighted by an awful day by banged up QB Bryon Leftwich, who was 14-for-28 for 125 yards, but was totally out of sync and should have been pulled.
Leftwich’s day should have ended on the Jags first drive when the QB fell on the feet of his own center, and did the splits. The play had to not help his already injured sore ankle, and could have been a shot for coach Jack Del Rio to put in solid backup David Gerrard. The numbers in this ball game almost were surrel for a Jags team that looked nothing short of awesome earlier this year with shutouts over the Steelers and Jets. They allowed 21 first downs, 349 total yards, and over 33 minutes of possession to a bad Texans team.
David Carr is showing that given time, can be an effective QB. The 2006 season may be the season that he comes back from the ashes, as he has been the bright spot on a team that is still likely to win 4-6 games. Carr on Sunday went 25-for-34 for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His play has been spotty at times, but he has played heads and tails better than in previous years. The Texans are a team that could be somwhat of a contender if they had done the right thing and drafted Reggie Bush, but that is water under the bridge.
Back to the Jags. This had to be one of the more devistating losses that the team has suffered in the last 2-3 years. They were heavy favorites entering the game, and their offense simply was bad, and their defense worse. The offense managed just 71 yards in the first half, and was 0-for-5 on third down conversions. With a 2-0 start after wins over the Cowboys and Steelers, the Jags appeared on their way to at least 11-12 wins. Now with three losses in their last four games, they are just another .500 team that you never know what you will get week in and week out.