Week 3 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 26, New York Jets 20
What you need to know
In a match up of former Marshall University quarterbacks and teammates, Byron Leftwich outplayed his former mentor, Chad Pennington and led the Jaguars to victory in a mostly defensive minded contest that needed overtime to be decided.
Leftwich played a solid, yet unspectacular game finishing 16-23 for 177 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His 36 yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Smith in the overtime period was the game winner.
The focus of Jacksonville’s offense was Fred Taylor, who carried an eye-popping 37 times. Though Taylor’s 98 yards and one touchdown compute to an average of 2.6 yards per carry, he helped the Jaguars dominate the clock and win the field position battle in a conservatively played game. The Jaguars controlled the ball for nearly 37 minutes and held the Jets to 168 total yards.
Chad Pennington did not look good. Most of his passes lacked zip. Pennington was replaced by Jay Fiedler early in the third quarter after he strained his surgically repaired shoulder. Unfortunately for the Jets, Pennington had to go back in as Fiedler also injured a shoulder and was forced out of the game. He showed even less arm strength after he returned. Pennington’s finished 9-19 for 76 yards and two interceptions.
Though the Jaguars out gained the Jets nearly two to one, the Jets had a chance to win the game in regulation as Wayne Chrebet had a touchdown catch overturned with just over a minute left. The Jets had to settle for a field goal and a chance to win the game in overtime.
The overtime did not go well for the New York offense. The Jets had two possessions in the extra period. The first drive managed five yards before Chad Pennington threw an interception. However, an interception by Kerry Rhodes gave the Jets’ offense another chance, which was promptly squandered as the drive lost 11 yards and resulted in a punt from the Jet one yard line. The Jaguars took advantage of the resulting field position and scored the winning touchdown three plays later.
Iron man Curtis Martin showed no signs of the knee injury that had him listed as questionable earlier in the week. He carried the ball 18 times for 67 yards (a 3.7 average). Jerald Sowell scored the Jets’ only offensive touchdown after Martin was ruled down just short of the goal line; replays showed that Martin should have been awarded the touchdown.
What you ought to know
|QB Byron Leftwich, Pass: 16 - 23 - 177 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 12 - 0|
Leftwich completed nearly 70 percent (16-23) of his passes in this game for 177 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He had 12 yards rushing on two scrambles. His 16 completions were spread among five receivers. Leftwich was sacked twice and Jacksonville’s offensive line again struggled at times to keep him protected. Leftwich lost a fumble when John Abraham came untouched off the edge and leveled him. The Jets’ James Reed picked it up and ran 33 yards for a touchdown. Leftwich’s interception came on an under thrown ball targeting Matt Jones during Jacksonville’s first possession in overtime. Jones had gotten behind the defense and likely would have scored on a well thrown pass. He redeemed himself on the Jaguars’ next drive by hitting Jimmy Smith with the winning 36 yard touchdown on a third and twelve play.
Taylor was the workhorse who made the Jacksonville offense go during this game. Though he only averaged 2.6 yards per carry, he helped to keep the chains moving and found the end zone once. Taylor had three runs of 14 yards each and one run for seven yards. None of Taylor’s remaining 33 carries went for more than four yards. Taylor was targeted once on an unsuccessful screen attempt.
Pearman had four carries. His had two nice runs of ten and 12 yards. Pearman had one catch and was targeted twice on dump off passes.
Jones totaled seven yards on four carries while spelling Fred Taylor. He gained two yards on a fourth and one carry.
|WR Matt Jones, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 4 - 31 - 0 (7 targets)|
Matt Jones had four catches for 31 yards. Byron Leftwich often looked for him on third down pass plays. Jones was open for a potential touchdown in overtime, but Leftwich’s pass was under thrown and was intercepted. Jones, a former college quarterback had one incomplete pass on a screen attempt for Fred Taylor.
Reggie Williams led Jacksonville in receiving and was Leftwich’s favorite target on the day. Williams had a crucial fumble when the Jaguars were driving and attempting to hold onto a three point lead late in the fourth quarter. The Jets’ David Barrett was able to reach in and wrench the ball away from Williams’ grasp.
Jimmy Smith had a five yard catch early and was quiet until he caught a 36 yard touchdown catch to win the game in overtime. Smith did a remarkable job of staying in bounds on the winning catch.
Wilford caught Jacksonville’s first touchdown for 21 yards on a ball that was bulleted through the seam of the zone defense by Leftwich.
Jones was the recipient of two dumps off passes.
Scobee had a perfect day converting two extra points and field goals of 32 and 40 yards.
The Jaguars’ rush defense had a very nice game and held the Jets to 89 yards rushing and a 3.6 yards per carry average with one rushing touchdown. The Jets were held to one offensive touchdown in the game.
The Jaguars’ pass defense had an excellent game. The Jets were able to amass only 79 yards passing. Jacksonville sacked Chad Pennington four times and hit him numerous others. Paul Spicer had a nice game for the Jaguars; he recorded six solo tackles and three sacks. John Henderson helped to collapse the pocket throughout the contest and batted two pass attempts down at the line. The defense knocked both Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler from the game. (Pennington was able to later return.)
Chad Pennington did not look as if he is fully recovered from his off-season rotator cuff surgery. The majority of his passes did not look crisp and each of the three balls he tried to throw deep came up short. Pennington threw two interceptions. The first one sailed on him. The second appeared to have been a bad decision on Pennington’s part. Pennington was the victim of a pocket that was frequently collapsed by the Jacksonville pass rush. Pennington fumbled on consecutive plays, but lost neither as the Jets received lucky bounces. He left the game with a “strained” right shoulder but was forced to come back when Fiedler was injured. After returning, he looked to have even less arm strength than before he left. He didn’t seem scared or tentative as he took off running on a scramble but he was definitely not firing the ball.
Jay Fiedler entered the game early in the third quarter to replace Chad Pennington, who came out after a shoulder injury. Fiedler, himself was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury. Two of Fiedler’s three pass attempts were to Justin McCareins.
Curtis Martin looked like his reliable self. He carried 18 times for 67 yards and did not appear to be suffering any effects from the knee injury he was bothered by earlier in the week. Martin lost a touchdown run as he was ruled down just shy of the goal line. Replays showed that Martin should have been credited with a touchdown.
Blaylock had three rushing attempts as he spelled Martin. It had been widely reported that Martin’s knee injury was causing him more discomfort than the team was saying and Blaylock was expected to play more than he did.
In his only carry, the Jets’ fullback finished a drive with a one yard scoring plunge one play after Curtis Martin was ruled down just shy of the end zone.
Coles caught four passes, but for only 17 yards. He was targeted once on a deep throw by Pennington, but otherwise was utilized mostly on short routes.
Despite the fact that he was the Jets’ most targeted receiver, McCareins had only one catch. He was the target on two of Jay Fielder’s three attempts.
Chrebet had one catch for 13 yards. He was also originally credited with a touchdown that would have put the Jets ahead with just over a minute to go, but the play was overturned by the replay official.
Baker was the Jets’ most effective receiver with three catches for 45 yards. His 30 yard catch and run on a screen pass was the key play on the Jets’ only touchdown drive.
Rookie Mike Nugent hit field goal attempts of 35 and 25 yards in the fourth quarter. He did not miss any field goals and made both of his extra point attempts.
The Jets’ defense allowed Jacksonville a total of 139 rushing yards. Fred Taylor ran for 98 yards, but needed 37 carries to reach that total. The defense limited Jacksonville to a respectable 3.0 yards per attempt. Linebacker, Jonathan Vilma, was all over the field and finished with 10 solo tackles and three assists. Considering the defense was on the field for nearly 37 minutes, they played well.
The Jets’ pass defense had a respectable showing, holding the Jaguars to 169 yards passing. The defense pressured Byron Leftwich often and sacked him twice. Bryan Thomas and John Abraham had the sacks. Abraham’s sack resulted in a fumble that was recovered by James Reed, who returned it 33 yards for a touchdown. Abraham also contributed 8 solo tackle and 2 assists. Kerry Rhodes had a key interception that helped extend the overtime. The Jets’ defense was very instrumental in keeping them in the game and gave them a chance to win.