The Jaguars hung in there until the end against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, and we are left wondering how big of a difference would Maurice Jones-Drew have made? The Jacksonville Jaguars were only down 12-14 at halftime, which should have been 13-14 if they didn’t try for an unnecessary two-point conversion which failed.
The Jaguars had no problem moving the ball through the air against the Packers, Blaine Gabbert played very well, he threw for 303 yards with one touchdown and didn’t have any turnovers. The turnover that proved to be the most costly in the game was the blocked punt in the first quarter which the Packers recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
The Jaguars were able to limit Rodgers to only 186 yards passing, but those yards were efficient yards, two of his 22 completions went for touchdowns, one to Cobb and the other to Driver.
For the Jaguars, their most outstanding player was Cecil Shorts, perhaps trying to make amends for his fumble in overtime in week seven which cost the Jaguars the game, he had eight receptions for 116 yards. However, the teams other wide out and fifth overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Justin Blackmon played a horrible game. Yes, Blackmon had 67 yards on four receptions, but when the Jaguars were down 15-21, Blaine Gabbert threw the ball his way on two consecutive plays that could have resulted in a decent amount of yards, and more importantly a fresh set of downs. On both plays Blackmon was open and the passes were well thrown, however, Blackmon didn’t seem aware of the targets and both passes fell incomplete because of his inability to locate the balls in the air.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are now 1-6 and the remainder of this season will be devoted to the young players developing and the everyone else competing for a job in the 2013 season. The Jaguars will host the Detroit Lions next season, and will attempt to spoil their season by sending them home with an upsetting loss that can ruin their season. Maurice Jones-Drew will not be back next week.