Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Extra

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Coach: Jack Del Rio.

Record: 50-45.

Last week: Lost to the Texans 30-17

Key stat: The Jaguars have lost three consecutive games for the first time since 2006, when they closed the season with three defeats in a row.

Offensive rank: 21st (320.9 yards per game).

Defensive rank: 14th (319.5 ypg.).

Offensive leader: RB Fred Taylor was of the club's key leaders. Taylor averaged 7.4 yards per carry against the Texans and broke the franchise record for touchdowns (70).

Defensive leader: CB Rashean Mathis is the Jaguars' all-time interceptions leader (25), Mathis posted his first interception against the Texans and now has four interceptions on the season.

Streaks: TE Marcedes Lewis has caught a pass for 19 or more yards in seven of his past eight games.


Coach: Lovie Smith.

Record: 44-36.

Last week: Lost to the Vikings 34-14.

Key stat: The Bears need one win to become the first team to reach 700 victories. Chicago's all-time record is 699-514-42; Green Bay ranks second in victories at 667-514-42.

Offensive rank: 23rd (309.0).

Defensive rank: 16th (329.3 ypg.).

Offensive leader: RB Matt Forte became the fourth Chicago rookie to rush for 1,000 yards in a season last week against Minnesota and now has 1,012 yards.

Defensive leader: DT Tommie Harris. A fierce run-stuffing tackle, Harris is tied with DE Alex Brown for the team lead in sacks (five).

Streaks: Before one against the Vikings, QB Kyle Orton had set a team record for consecutive passes without an interception (205).


Does a night like this (Monday night) serve as a microcosm for this season?

It's very disappointing. We had a lot of high hopes, high expectations for this season, and we haven't fulfilled them whatsoever. It was very disappointing. We really felt like we had a good game plan (against Houston). We just didn't execute well enough. The defense did a great job of keeping the game close. I felt like we were going to be able to put some points up.

In this situation, is it hard for this team to get up for games?

It's never hard for me to get up for any game. I'm very blessed to be in this position, to be a starting quarterback, to be able to play this game. Every time I have a chance to go out there, I'm always going to be fired up. I think everybody ... I know everybody was fired up for this game. We just beat ourselves too many times in this game. I thought the guys kept playing hard until the end, but we needed to do more early in the game.

What happened on the fourth down near the goal line, when you fell after the center exchange?

I just kept getting stepped on. It's unfortunate. I know my center is doing all that he can do to protect for me. But it happens sometimes. You don't want it to happen when it's a fourth-and-goal like that. You're trying to make the play to put points on the board. But when you get stepped on as a quarterback on that push-off foot, it's tough. ... It makes you look very clumsy, I guess, but there's nothing you really can do when your foot is cemented into the ground. …

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