Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How 'Bout Them Jags? Offense Is Sharp in Rout of Cowboys

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How 'Bout Them Jags? Offense Is Sharp in Rout of Cowboys

Article excerpt

There are two things coaches want from the final NFL preseason

game: Offensive consistency and no injuries.

Consider last night a major victory for the Jaguars.

In front of a crowd of 71,526 at Alltel Stadium, the Jaguars

defeated the Dallas Cowboys 42-20 to end the preseason at 2-2

heading to the season opener Sept. 6 against the Chicago Bears.

More than the score, though, the Jaguars were able to escape

without any major injuries, which can turn a bright night dark

in a hurry. Instead, they were able to focus on the glow of

their firstteam offense, which has been nearly unstoppable in

the preseason.

The first-team offense scored touchdowns on three of its four

drives last night in jumping to a 21-7 lead. In front of a CBS

national television audience, the Jaguars continued their

offensive dominance in dropping the Cowboys to 0-5 in the

preseason.

If an offense can win a Super Bowl -- and skeptics say it must

be the defense that does -- the Jaguars may have one good enough

to overshadow what some consider a shaky defense.

"I hope our confidence level is to where we think we can score

every time," said Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin. "But I want that

confidence backed up by fact, not illusion."

So far, it hasn't been an illusion.

The No. 1 offense had 11 possessions in the four preseason

games, with six of those resulting in touchdowns. Five of those

scoring drives were at least 68 yards.

What makes Coughlin smile even more is that it just wasn't the

pass. At a time when the running game has become such a priority

for the team, it appears it finally can work.

Running back James Stewart, who clearly outplayed top pick Fred

Taylor to win the starting job, finished the preseason with 193

yards on 43 carries for a 4.5 average. …

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