2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Jags' quick start ends in a loss, 27-14 to Arizona

By DOUG FERGUSON - AP Golf Writer
    2013-11-17 18:07

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Two big plays early at least allowed the Jacksonville Jaguars to score touchdowns at home for the first time all year.

A two-minute span in the third quarter was all it took for them to realize not much is going their way this year.

The Jaguars were down 17-14 and had the Arizona Cardinals backed up, third-and-10 from their own 9, when Carson Palmer found Michael Floyd on a slant. Floyd bounced off three tackles in a comedy of errors that turned into a 91-yard touchdown and a 10-point lead.

The Cardinals' defense took it from there in a 27-14 win Sunday that kept Arizona in the mix for a playoff spot, and denied the Jaguars a chance at their first winning streak in nearly three years.

''Explosive plays came back to bite us a little bit,'' Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said.

That wasn't the worst of it. After the long score, the Cardinals (6-4) forced a punt and Patrick Peterson muffed it his 10-yard line. The Jaguars (1-9) appeared to recover the loose ball, but it was awarded to Arizona, even after Bradley challenged.

Two plays later, Palmer got rid of the ball under pressure and linebacker Russell Allen picked it off. Just as the Jaguars were celebrating their first turnover did they find out the play had been called dead because Arizona had called a timeout. Replays showed an official running from the sideline to stop play.

''We haven't caught a break this year with penalties or major calls, but it has to turn around sometime,'' defensive end Andre Branch said.

The Jaguars had no answer for Palmer, or the Arizona defense.

Palmer threw for 419 yards, two touchdowns and did not throw an interception for the first time all year. Floyd, questionable for the game with a shoulder injury, caught six passes for a career-best 193 yards. And the defense allowed only 57 yards after halftime.

The Cardinals couldn't afford to lose this game. Palmer's flawless play, and a defense that stiffened after surrendering two quick touchdowns, made sure they didn't.

''We have talked about how the playoffs have already started. You lose, you're out,'' Arians said. ''We're a game behind teams, so we have to keep winning. We have to take a playoff attitude every week, that this game is a playoff game and we have to win to catch up. The guys have done it.''

The Jaguars at least scored a touchdown at home for the first time this year.

On fourth-and-2 from the 38 on their opening drive, Chad Henne found tight end Danny Noble all alone behind the defense for an easy catch, and he rumbled 50 yards to the end zone with his first NFL reception.

''There were many situations where I felt like we were bold, and I told our team that we need to take that personality on,'' Bradley said.

Jacksonville scored another touchdown after a 59-yard kickoff return by Jordan Todman and a pair of Arizona mistakes - none bigger than Yeremiah Bell getting called for taunting after Henne's pass on third-and-goal from the 3 was incomplete. Maurice Jones-Drew scored from the 1 for a 14-7 lead.

But that was it for the Jaguars, who returned to their inept ways one week after getting their first win at Tennessee.

Palmer was rarely under pressure and moved the ball at will, with six passes that went for at least 20 yards. His other TD was a 14-yard strike to Larry Fitzgerald that tied the game at 7 in the first quarter.

''I had a really nice time in the pocket. I had a clean pocket for the most part and was able to step into a lot of throws,'' Palmer said. ''Guys did a nice job of finding the voids in their zone. I thought guys came with the right attitude. It wasn't a letdown game for us. It was a must-win, and we did what it took.''

Rashard Mendenhall scored on a 5-yard run late in the second quarter to tie the game at 14. Otherwise, the running game didn't exist for either team. The Cardinals came into the game with the third-ranked run defense. It held the Jaguars to 32 yards. The Cardinals had 416 yards, only 14 on the ground.

Jones-Drew finished with 23 yards on 14 carries.

''They're a great defense. We knew that going in,'' Jones-Drew said. ''They load the box and wanted to make sure that we couldn't run the ball.''

The Jaguars did get a piece of Arizona running back Andre Ellington's locks after defensive end Jason Babin dragged him down.

''I was getting tackled and I looked and saw that he had a handful of my hair,'' Ellington said. ''It was a little dirty play by their part, but it's OK. We got the win. I didn't feel it at all, with the adrenalin flowing. I saw him holding it and said, `Come on, man.' He said, `It's part of the uniform.' I've lost some before, but not that much came out at one time like this.''

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Jalen SaundersSep 1 09:13a

New Orleans Saints WR Jalen Saunders is being traded to the New England Patriots Tuesday, Sept. 1, for a conditional draft pick, according to a league source.

Caleb SturgisAug 31 11:32p

Miami Dolphins PK Caleb Sturgis remains the front runner in his competition with PK Andrew Franks. Sturgis said he did not have a good early camp, 'but I've been hitting the ball better lately.'

K. ThompkinsAug 31 07:52p

Oakland Raiders WR Kenbrell Thompkins was released Monday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

Trent RichardsonAug 31 07:22p

Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson was released Monday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

Josh BoyceAug 31 06:42p

New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce and TE Jimmay Mundine were released Monday, Aug. 31.

E.J. GainesAug 31 05:52p

St. Louis Rams CB E.J. Gaines (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 31. WR Damian Williams was subsequently released.

Travis KelceAug 31 05:32p

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (leg) left practice early Monday, Aug. 31, because of a right leg injury. Kelce was able to walk off the field but did not return to practice.

Brad SmelleyAug 31 05:32p

St. Louis Rams WR Tyler Slavin was waived and TE Brad Smelley (undisclosed) was waived/injured Monday, Aug. 31.

Julius ThomasAug 31 04:42p

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (finger) is expected to need surgery on a tendon in his finger and is expected to be out four to five weeks, according to [ More ]

Garrett HartleyAug 31 04:32p

Pittsburgh Steelers PK Garrett Hartley (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 31.

Kevin NorwoodAug 31 04:32p

Seattle Seahawks WR Kevin Norwood was traded to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a conditional draft pick, according to a source.

Martavis BryantAug 31 04:02p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant's appeal of his suspension has been denied, and he will sit out the first four games of the regular season.

Phil BatesAug 31 03:32p

Dallas Cowboys WR Phil Bates was released Monday, Aug. 31.

Alan BonnerAug 31 03:12p

Houston Texans WRs Alan Bonner and Travis Labhart were released Monday, Aug. 31.

Joique BellAug 31 02:42p

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') was activated from the Phyiscally Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 31.

DeVante ParkerAug 31 01:32p

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) said he is making progress in his recovery from foot surgery but would not say if he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Kirk CousinsAug 31 12:52p

Updating an earlier report, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will be the starting quarterback moving forward, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden said 'it's Kirk's team.'

Victor CruzAug 31 12:22p

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf, knee) still hasn't received clearance to practice Monday, Aug. 31. Cruz said that the inflammation has gone down and that the team [ More ]

Aldrick RobinsonAug 31 12:02p

Baltimore Ravens WR DeAndre Carter, WR Aldrick Robinson and WR Trent Steelman were cut Monday, Aug. 31.

Tyrod TaylorAug 31 11:42a

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was named the starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 31, over QB Matt Cassel an QB EJ Manuel.

Devin FunchessAug 31 11:22a

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) left practice Monday, Aug. 31, with hamstring tightness.

Jeremy StewartAug 31 10:52a

Denver Broncos QB Zac Dysert, TE Joe Don Duncan, TE Jake Murphy and RB Jeremy Stewart were waived Monday, Aug. 31. TE Jeff Heuerman (knee) was placed on Injured Reserve.

Josh ScobeeAug 31 10:42a

Jacksonville Jaguars PK Josh Scobee was acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Aug. 31.

Fred JacksonAug 31 10:42a

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson was released Monday, Aug. 31. He was slated to make $2.35 million this year and wasn't asked to take a pay cut.

Jalen ParmeleAug 31 10:22a

Cleveland Browns RB Jalen Parmele, TE Anthony Ezeakunne and WR Shane Wynn were cut Monday, Aug. 31.

Denarius MooreAug 31 10:12a

Cincinnati Bengals WR Denarius Moore, WR Desmond Lawrence and TE John Peters were cut Monday, Aug. 31.

Kirk CousinsAug 31 09:32a

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was named the starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 31, over QB Robert Griffin III, according to a source.

Timothy WrightAug 31 09:32a

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Tim Wright was acquired by the Detroit Lions Monday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

Ryan BroylesAug 31 09:12a

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles was cut Monday, Aug. 31.

Gerell RobinsonAug 31 08:52a

Miami Dolphins WR LaRon Byrd, WR Kevin Cone, WR Tyler McDonald and TE Gerell Robinson were waived Sunday, Aug. 30.

Kevin ConeAug 31 08:52a

Miami Dolphins WR LaRon Byrd, WR Kevin Cone, WR Tyler McDonald and TE Gerell Robinson were waived Sunday, Aug. 30.

LaRon ByrdAug 31 08:52a

Miami Dolphins WR LaRon Byrd, WR Kevin Cone, WR Tyler McDonald and TE Gerell Robinson were waived Sunday, Aug. 30.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group