Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

5 Extra Points

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

5 Extra Points

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

1 DO THE JAGS HAVE A PENALTY PROBLEM?

Yes. The Jaguars were called for nine penalties totaling 79 yards. "We had some penalties, but we're going to continue to be aggressive," coach Gus Bradley said. The thing is, one doesn't have to do with the other. If the Jaguars were getting called for penalties like late hits and helmet-to-helmet contact, then the their aggressiveness would be at the root of the problem. It's all of the unforced errors, which started in the preseason. Just look at Sunday's penalties as a reason why the Jaguars should be concerned: twelve men on the field for the defense, offside, false start, pass interference, unnecessary roughness (Malik Jackson wasn't even in the game), neutral zone infraction, delay of game and holding on a punt return when the punt sailed out of bounds. The Jaguars aren't good enough to overcome those kinds of penalties, and Sunday showed that.

2 WHAT PLAYED INTO THE LACK OF THIRD-DOWN SUCCESS DEFENSIVELY?

Easy - no pass rush. The Packers converted on seven of their 14 third-down chances, a bad start for a Jaguars defense that was last in the NFL in this category a year ago. The Jaguars started off well - Green Bay failed on its first four chances. But the Packers went to work and converted a third-and-10 (28-yard pass when Jalen Ramsey and Paul Posluszny blitzed but didn't get to Aaron Rodgers), and-6 (eight-yard pass), and-10 (32-yard pass when Rodgers had 5.03 seconds), and-9 (22-yard pass) and third-and-3 (Randall Cobb four-yard run a play after Dante Fowler jumped offside to give Green Bay 5 free yards).

3 WHY DID THE JAGUARS STICK TO THEIR RUNNING GAME?

They should have given up on it at halftime. They gained 22 yards on 16 carries in the first half and ended the game with 26 rushes for 48 yards (a woeful 1.8-yard average). Their longest carry was seven yards. …

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