Lack Of Offense, Penalties Doom Raiders; Mauled by Jaguars 49-11

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, left, runs for first-quarter yardage as Oakland Raiders safety Hiram Eugene makes the tackle during their game, played Sunday afternoon.  Jacksonville defeated Oakland 49-11.
The Jacksonville Jaguars totalled 437 yards in total offense against the Oakland Raiders Sunday at Jacksonville. No deal usually, but all the more impressive because the offense, while very good, almost paled in comparison to their defense; Jacksonville recorded 3 interceptions and 4 sacks. Those impressive feats were big as the Jaguars destroyed the Oakland Raiders 49-11.

Jacksonville scored on their first play of the game, thanks to a 62-yard touchdown run by Jaguars running back Fred Taylor; the Jags scored on their first 4 possessions and harrassed Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell for most of the day. The Jaguars’ first 4 scores came on drives of 1, 7, 1 and 3 plays. RB Maurice Jones-Drew and QB David Garrard also got into the act, as Drew scored on a 14-yard run in the first period.

One highlight – lowlight depending on your outlook or if you’re a Raiders fan – was the complete meltdown of Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp; it went down like this: Jacksonville offensive tackle Tony Pashos was flagged for illegal use of the hands. Officials on the field said the Raiders declined the penalty and the Jags lined up for a 43-yard field goal. Officials then said that the Raiders accepted the penalty, making it third and 20 form the Raiders’ 35-yard line. The Jags offense went back onto the field but a few seconds later, called an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Sapp.

That gave Jacksonville an automatic first down and Sapp started jawing at the officials. Both Sapp and defensive end Derrick Burgess were assessed for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during the arguments; Sapp continued to tak then was ejected after a third penalty. Raiders players and head coach Lane Kiffin were told that contact was made between Sapp and an official.

Jacksonville QB David Garrard had a decent outing, going 11-of-18 for 199 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception; he also ran for a touchdown. QB Quinn Gray relieved Garrard and did well in his brief time on the field, going 5-of-8 for 54 yards with 2 TD’s. Taylor did very well on the ground, rushing for 111 yards on only 7 carries (15.8 YPC) and a TD; Jones-Drew added 44 yards and a score while leading all Jacksonville receivers with 6 receptions for 96 yards. WR Reggie Williams was among a quartet of Jags receivers who scored. Oakland QB Russell had a rotten outing, going 7-of-23 for 83 yards with a TD and 3 INT’s. Dominic Rhodes led the Raiders’ rushing attack with 115 yards on 27 carries. Tight end Zach Miller had the lone Raiders passing score, while catching 3 balls for 27 yards. Jacksonville (11-4) travels to Houston to take on the Texans next Sunday, while Oakland (4-11) return home to host the San Diego Chargers – also next Sunday.

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