Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Extra

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch and Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writers

Dolphins favored by 3 . . . Jags QB Byron Leftwich's 95.8 passer rating is third-best in the NFL . . . Dolphins RB Ricky Williams ran for 39 yards against Giants


Can the Jaguars run defense stop Ricky Williams? The Jaguars are now ranked sixth in the league in rush defense after holding LaDainian Tomlinson to just 38 yards on Sunday. They face an even tougher test in Miami's Williams. To handcuff Williams, they need their offense to complement the run defense. They need to win the time of possession battle the way they did against San Diego so Williams can't wear them down with 30 carries.


WR Jimmy Smith: The Jaguars' Pro Bowl receiver didn't miss a beat after his four-game NFL drug suspension, riddling San Diego's secondary with eight catches for 137 yards. His one-handed sideline grab was a season highlight.

QB Byron Leftwich: The rookie continues to play like a 10-year veteran and showed uncanny poise, confidence and arm strength while throwing for 336 yards and two touchdowns in just his second NFL start. …

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