Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Breaking Down the Game; Run over in 2nd Half; Henne Fading

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Breaking Down the Game; Run over in 2nd Half; Henne Fading

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Byline: Gene Frenette

RUSHING OFFENSE

B+

Considering that the Jaguars were essentially starting a fourth-team tailback, and had limitations in passing game, gaining the second-most rushing yards (123) for the year was an accomplishment. Montell Owens (14 carries, 91 yards), making his first career start as a tailback, averaged a whopping 6.5 yards per carry. His 32-yard touchdown, starting off left tackle and getting free outside, was the second-longest run of the season. As awful as the running game has been without Maurice Jones-Drew, it did enough to win this game.

PASSING OFFENSE

F

So who is the real Chad Henne - the quarterback who gave this franchise some hope against Houston and Tennessee, or the guy fading the last two weeks? It certainly didn't help his cause that the team's top receiving threat, Cecil Shorts, was sidelined by a concussion. Or that replacement Kevin Elliott caught the drop-itis bug that continues to plague the receiving corps. But Henne (21 of 43, 185 yards, 2 int.) isn't going to win any games averaging 4.3 yards per attempt. Suddenly, his ceiling is looking a lot lower than it did after the last home game.

RUN DEFENSE

D

An adequate job in the first half when the Jets managed only 3.1 yards per carry, but everything changed after halftime. This game turned in third quarter when the Jaguars, who permitted 17 unanswered points, were steamrolled for a combined 110 rushing yards by Shonn Greene (20 carries, 77 yards) and Bilal Powell (19 carries, 78 yards). Even when they knew the Jets' intentions were to keep running and milk the clock, the Jaguars couldn't get stops. In the last six games, opponents are averaging 157.3 yards rushing.

PASS DEFENSE

B

If you go strictly by Mark Sanchez's numbers (12 of 19, 111 yards), the Jaguars aced this part. However, the Jaguars did little to take advantage of a shaky offensive line to apply more pressure, except for the sack/fumble/recovery by Jason Babin that led to a second quarter field goal. …

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