(The following day of each regular-season game, I will review how the team’s units fared in their latest matchup. Yesterday, the team played the Cowboys and beat them 35-10. Below are my grades for the units’ performance. On offense, I broke it down to passing, rushing, and receiving. The defense, I broke down as a whole. Maybe I should also break down the O-Line on offense, and be more in-depth on the defensive breakdown? As always, let me know what you think.)
David Garrard played a phenomenal game. All the critics will point out to him playing a Cowboys defense that made him look like the second coming of Joe Montana, but I don’t care. I will give him the credit that he deserves. The guy was .6 points away from having a perfect QB rating. He started the game by completing his first 10 passes and finished with just for incompletions. In my eyes, when a quarterback has more, or the same amount of touchdowns passes as incompletions, he has had himself a great game. Garrard’s lost fumble was his only mishap.
As a unit, the Jaguars rushed for 149 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew finished the day with 135 rushing yards and David Garrard ran for a touchdown. However, I would have liked to see other players play a significant role in the ground game. The ground game needs to remain alive and well especially down the stretch for the Jacksonville Jaguars to be feared. Moreover, MJD has struggled to find the end zone this season and that needs to change.
Fantasy players had to be happy with the production that they got out of Mike Sims-Walker. He put up 153 yards and had a touchdown. Both of Marcedes Lewis’ were touchdowns. Marcedes Lewis is having himself a great season if you have not noticed. In his first four seasons, he recorded 7 touchdowns. He has already matched that number this season. Look for him to continue putting up big numbers in the second half of the season which should culminate with him earning a Pro Bowl berth.
While the defense only had 2 sacks, they did have for interceptions. Three of those interceptions, however, were tipped by Cowboys receivers. But, I still like what they did as a whole. Coming into the game, the defense only had four interceptions. To match that output in a single game will surely energize that unit as a whole. Even though The Jaguars won by 18, it was never that close. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Jaguars had a 28-3, but two fourth quarter touchdowns by the Cowboys saw them finish with 17points. While in a perfect world, the defense would have held the Cowboys scoreless in the fourth, one has to be encouraged. The defense had allowed an average of 36 points in their two previous games. The pass defense still remains atrocious, ranking 28th in the league. They allowed Jon Kitna to throw for 379 yards. Jack Del Rio must use the Bye Week to shore up the deficiencies in the secondary.