Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags' Red-Hot Response Ravens' Game Inspired Offense to Get It Together

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags' Red-Hot Response Ravens' Game Inspired Offense to Get It Together

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Was the Jaguars' offensive explosion Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints the start of a trend or an aberration?

The way the players see it, the best way to find out will come this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, the team that held them to a franchise-low 132 yards two Sundays ago in the Jaguars' 6-3 victory. The two teams meet again this Sunday at PSINet Stadium in Baltimore.

"They embarrassed the offense and we don't want to wait until the end of the season to get back at those guys," Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith said. "It was like a bittersweet moment. We didn't feel like we won the game offensively. We want to jump right back on them while we're still warm."

Hot might be a better word.

The Jaguars responded to the Ravens shutting down their offense by taking it out on the Saints in their 41-23 victory at Alltel Stadium. The Jaguars rolled up a season-high 494 yards of offense, which was good enough to vault them from 14th in the league in offense to 10th. The 494 yards were the second most in team history, behind the 538 yards the team had against the St. Louis Rams in a loss on Oct. 20, 1998.

Much like that game, the Jaguars did it through the air against the Saints. Quarterback Mark Brunell, who was held to 118 yards on 20 completions against the Ravens, bounced back to complete 19-of-30 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns. Much of that yardage went to Smith, who had nine catches for 220 yards and a 46-yard touchdown grab.

"We haven't been throwing the ball so well, so we needed to re-establish our passing game, which we did," Brunell said. "Everything we talked about improving, we did."

The Jaguars showed the offensive improvement without running back Fred Taylor, who missed the game with a strained left hamstring. Taylor said he felt better yesterday and there is a chance he could play this week against the Ravens. …

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