Found September 10, 2012 on
Yesterday should have been Blaine Gabbert's time. With 20 seconds left on the clock, he had just led the Jaguars on an improbable touchdown drive, securing a Jaguars victory and a quick start to the 2012 campaign.
But the defense let him down.
Let's face it. Last year, the Jaguars' defense kept them in a lot of games. They didn't pull many of those games out, but they were competitive. Yesterday, the unit that had kept them close most of 2011 melted down, and it was painful to watch.
The meltdown began at the end of the second quarter when Christian Ponder and Co. marched down the field for a touchdown, making the halftime score 9-7 in favor of the Jaguars. The meltdown continued in the second half.
Blaine Gabbert's performance should have been good enough, but the Jaguars weren't able to cover, defend the run or generate a pass rush following the Vikings' first score of the game.
Mike Mularkey may be able to find a moral victory in a tough loss, b...
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MINNEAPOLIS It took three yards and just seconds on the field for Letroy Guion to push Maurice Jones-Drew to the ground. Three yards, a quick sprint and a smack, and Jones-Drew was back at it.
The Jaguars' leading rusher for the past four seasons, Jones-Drew is fresh off a 38-day holdout, during which he refused to report to training camp while he tried -- and failed -- to...
Almost every fantasy football “expert” you asked on Sunday would have told you to bench both Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew if you had other options. The star backs were not expected to receive a full workload as Peterson is still recovering from ACL surgery and Jones-Drew missed the entire offseason while holding out. If what they saw wasn’t a full load, it was pretty...
Maurice Jones-Drew had a 38-day holdout, missed training camp, missed preseason and as Week 1 is upon us, he is expected to be a third-down back...
Maurice Jones-Drew racked up nearly $1.6M in fines because of his 38-day holdout, but he had to pay a little less than half of that amount, according to a CBS Sports report.
Jones-Drew, who is scheduled to earn $4.45M this year, will pay nearly $800,000 in a deal worked out between the team and agent Adisa Bakari to end the holdout, the report says.
The league's leading rusher...
Jaguars halfback Rashad Jennings suffered a leg injury and did not come out for the start of the second half Sunday verus Minnesota.Fantasy Spin:Jacksonville will be forced to go with Maurice Jones-Drew the rest of the day. It appears Jennings has squandered his best opportunity to make some noise in fantasy. MJD will likely be the featured back from here on out for the Jaguars.
Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon (ankle) is active Sunday.Fantasy Spin:Blackmon is a strong bet to receive a ton of targets -- whether they're anywhere close to him with Blaine Gabbert throwing the ball is another story. Still, he's not a bad WR3 option in 12-team leagues for Week 1 against a suspect Vikings secondary.
Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew took advantage of Rashad Jennings' injury to carry the ball 19 times for 77 yards in Week 1 against the Vikings.Fantasy Spin:Even before Jennings exited the game, Jones-Drew looked like the better back. He should be the primary ballcarrier for the remainder of the season.
Jones-Drew eclipses 1,500 career carries; nears 7,000-yard markMaurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 19 times in Sunday's game in the Twin Cities.By the end of the game, MJD had broken the 1,500 carries mark for his career total.MJD is only the fourth player currently active in the NFL to accomplish this feat.Jones-Drew also broke another milestone as he reach his 7,000 career...
Pictures from the Vikings’ 26-23 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis
MINNESOTA (26) d JACKSONVILLE (23) [OT]
The Headline: Vikings top the Jaguars in the first regular season test of the new overtime rules.
Two quarterbacks who struggled last year as rookies made great starts to their sophomore campaigns by having impressive if unspectacular games. Christian Ponder looked good for the Vikings going 20/27 on the way to 270 yards and while...