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NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - INSIDE SLANT
After Sunday's 24-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Jacksonville Jaguard are off to a franchise-worst 0-7 start and have lost all of their games by double-digits.
They remained one of three winless franchises in the NFL along with the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Bucs.
Jacksonville's offense, which had shown signs of life after scoring 20 and 19 points in its most recent losses, regressed Sunday.
Quarterback Chad Henne, filling in for injured starter Blaine Gabbert for the second consecutive week, finished 23-for-36 passing for 318 yards and a pick, and he was unable to get star receiver Justin Blackmon involved. Blackmon was held to 58 yards on six catches after recording 19 receptions for 326 yards the last two weeks -- the best numbers of any NFL wideout during that span.
Jacksonville's rushing attack was also stymied as Jags star running back Maurice Jones-Drew -- once an offensive machine -- remained in a downward spiral. The NFL's 2011 rushing champ, who missed most of last season injured, continued his streak of failing to break the 100-yard mark -- a span of 10 games dating back to last season -- when he ran for just 37 yards on nine carries Sunday. Jones-Drew, who is averaging just 2.9 yards a carry this year, still hasn't topped 71 yards in any of the Jags' first six games and was unable to take advantage of San Diego's 29th-ranked rushing defense in the loss.
"That one really hurts because that's not who we are. I just did a bad job of getting our team ready," Jaguars first-year coach Gus Bradley said. "This one's my fault. Blame me. To the fan base, if they said, 'That didn't feel good,' they're right."
Jacksonville's leading wide receiver on Sunday was rookie Mike Brown with five catches for 120 yards, and Josh Scobee stayed perfect on the year (9-for-9) with field goals of 30 and 23 yards. The Jags' defense was paced once again by leading tackler Paul Posluszny, who tallied 14 total stops.
But those were the only highlights for the Jags, who have now been outscored 100-33 in three straight losses to San Diego in the series.
"We've been making progress as the season has gone on along every week," Jags linebacker Russell Allen said. "But I don't think we can say that (about Sunday).
NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - NOTES, QUOTES
Jacksonville technically has a home game next week against San Francisco, but the contest will be played in London. It will be the Jags' first trip in franchise history across the pond to take part in the NFL's overseas schedule of games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't know if we felt pressure (to get our first win), but we had to cash in. We only had two possessions the first half. We moved the ball all game, but we have to put points on the board, and I take blame for that because I should have had 12 points on the board (Sunday). The two slants I should have had are routine plays I've made a hundred times in my career and caught three thousand times. That's my fault. It's on me." -- Jaguars leading wideout Cecil Shorts III, who played with a shoulder injury Sunday loss but still managed eight catches for 80 yards -- although he lamented two drops that could've easily been scores on a day when Jacksonville was held out of the end zone.
NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
What we learned:
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, the NFL's 2011 rushing champ who used to be one of the most feared RBs in the NFL, may be regressing worse than the Jaguars' offense. Jones-Drew rushed for just 37 yards on nine carries Sunday in the 24-6 loss to the Chargers, and the same explosive first step that helped him win the league's 2011 rushing title is clearly gone. Granted, Jones-Drew is returning from a foot injury that kept him out of most of last season, but there hasn't been a single glimpse of the old MJD even once this year through seven games. He also continued his streak Sunday of failing to break the 100-yard mark -- a span of 10 games dating back to last season. Jones-Drew, who is averaging just 2.9 yards a carry this year, still hasn't topped 71 yards in any of the Jags' first seven games and was unable to take advantage of San Diego's 29th-ranked rushing defense in the loss.
London could be unkind to the Jags. The NFL's overseas initiative -- playing two games, or possibly more, in London each season -- will reach fruition next Sunday in what's probably going to be a lopsided matchup when the Jaguars travel across the pond for the first time in franchise history to take on the San Francisco 49ers, who have won four in a row after starting the season 1-2.