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All Talk on the Jags January 6, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

Jacksonville JaguarsWith the Jacksonville Jaguars defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wild-card game on Saturday, the Jags proved that they are going to be a handful match-up wise for any team that faces them in the playoffs. Thanks to the play of David Garrard, Jacksonville defeated Pittsburgh 31 to 29. The last time the Jags won a postseason game was in 1999, when they defeated the Miami Dolphins.

I really like the makeup of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Their run game is the second best in the league, thanks to the thunder and lighting combination of Taylor and Jones-Drew.  Taylor is having an amazing year, and ran with great power against the tough defense of the Steelers.  Jones-Drew is steadily becoming one of the most dynamic players in the league. He has the speed to gain yards on the outside, but also possesses the power to run inside the tackles.  Jones-Drew is tough to contain on kick off returns as well. 

While their run game deserves a lot of credit, their quarterback David Garrard can not get enough praise. Garrard stole the show from the run game, as he led the team in rushing with 58 yards. 32 of those yards came on a crucial 4th and 2 late in the game, that ultimately lead to a Jacksonville touchdown, giving them the lead for good.

Although the Jags did blow an 18 point lead against the Steelers, it was a great game with a great finish, with the better team coming out on top.


1. Jason T. Wilson - January 6, 2008

I picked the Jags in this game, and most said I was crazy.. Hey the Jags play old school smash mouth football!! Pittsburgh just got wore down.. I lost some respect for HInes Ward last night with that BS face mask trick he used on 4th and 1.. That was some major BS! All and all.. This Jags team can run with the best of them.. Im fairly sure this Jags team could beat Indy.. but would fall short to the Patriots.. Only time will tell how far this road goes for Jacksonville.. Congrats to Jack Del Rio, and the rest of the Jags organization on a huge win!

2. Russ T.C. - January 6, 2008

Being a Browns fans, I’m obviously happy that the Jags won. 😉

Boy though, they sure do like making things interesting huh? After allowing the Steelers to get back into the first game, I didn’t expect them to do the same thing in game two, but that’s exactly what happened.

Great to see them pull it out in the end though.

3. kidal25 - January 6, 2008

I hate to say this but the Jags didn’t beat the Broncos in 99, we beat Miami in the divisional round to end Marino’s career and lost to the Titans in the AFC championship.

I also have to say it’s great to be in Jacksonville right now because there is really nothing but the Jags in this town. There were rumors at the beginning of the year that the Jags were going to move to another city. Now I hope the owner just keeps them here.

4. Marquis Chapman - January 6, 2008

Thank for the info kidal25. I’m firing my editor as we speak. But I know the people of Jacksonville are going crazy right now. That was a great game. I can’t imagine the Jags playing anywhere else though.

5. Sportsattitude - January 6, 2008

I have become a big fan of the Jags and enjoyed the win at Pittsburgh very much. I concur with kidal25 on those rumors about Jax possibly moving the franchise. Mentioned it on a prior post as more than one game this season was blacked out locally even though they had already “covered” up part of the stadium to reduce capacity. Even with their great success this season, I remain concerned they could be moved someday. Hope that’s not the case – looks like a great stadium to play in and the crowds who do attend seem as fired up as any. http://sportsattitude.wordpress.com/2007/12/19/jacksonville-pittsburgh-of-the-south-and-other-nfl-nuggets/

6. asiansportsfanatic - January 7, 2008

Great win for the Jags. The Jags got it done when it counts especially on that 4th and 2 play where Gerrard scrambled to get inside the 20.

7. ghettophilosopher - January 7, 2008

Missing in all this is the fact that Maurice Jones-Drew has become a better draft pick than Reggie Bush. This is something that us UCLA fans have known for years; this kid is good. This kid is crazy good. Most GMs passed on him because of his size but I bet you most of them are wishing they had picked him up. Can you imagine the Jags having this much success without him? Neither can I.

8. Marquis Chapman - January 7, 2008

I agree. Jones-Drew is a very good player. I like the fact that he’s a speed back but has the power to run with in between the tackles. I’ve been a fan of his way back when he was in high school. He’s definately a better player than Bush. Though I haven’t given up on him yet, Bush better start performing. I told all my friends that he wasn’t going to be a great NFL player, but I thought he would be better than what he’s shown.

9. Sportsattitude - January 8, 2008

I thought Bush would be a decent player but certainly not a superstar. He’s definitely on the “potential bust” list for me at this point. Not even living up to my modest expectations for him. As for Jones-Drew, clearly he was an expectation victim due to his size. So much for that evaluation. Good things come in small packages. I think having Fred Taylor around hasn’t hurt his development one bit either.

10. ghettophilosopher - January 8, 2008

Actually, I think its the other way around. Jones-Drew’s arrival has energized Taylor because he is fresher, longer. The Jags also occasionally cycle both of them in at the same time and often throws defenses into confusion. Well maybe the presence of each helps the other in their own way.

11. Sportsattitude - January 8, 2008

Oh, no doubt Jones-Drew showing up pushed Fred harder to stay on his game (not playing his age). Having the two of them is the ideal 1-2 punch a lot of teams can’t offer.

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