Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dominant Afternoon Taylor Has Another Big Day in Blowout

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dominant Afternoon Taylor Has Another Big Day in Blowout

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As has been the case for nearly a month, the Jaguars are all but out of hope.

So far, they refuse to play as if they realize it.

The Jaguars, who continued to revive a once-disastrous season with the most dominating regular-season performance in their six-year history last night, 48-0 over the Browns in front of 51,262 at Alltel Stadium, continued to have playoff hopes by the thinnest of margins.

"All I know is we've got three games to go, and we've got to get ready for the Cardinals," said Coughlin, whose pre-game message to the team was about being the best team in the NFL in December, regardless of whether or not they make the playoffs.

The Jaguars play Arizona, Cincinnati and the New York Giants in their remaining games, and with victories in those games they could finish with a seven-game winning streak and a fifth consecutive winning record.

"Coach made a statement that he wanted us to be the best team in football as we finish the season," Jaguars linebacker Kevin Hardy said. "The way we're playing, we can kind of make a case, I guess. There will be people on the outside saying, 'What does that mean?' but the guys have a lot of pride."

They have much more pride than hope, but technically, they do still have hope. The Jaguars, according to the NFL office, are still in the playoff picture, despite six teams -- including Denver and the Jets, each of whom won yesterday -- holding head-to-head playoff tie-breaker advantages over the Jaguars.

If the Jaguars, now 6-7, finish in a multi-team tie at 9-7 involving the Chiefs, there is still a chance the Jaguars could receive one of the three wild-card berths, AFC Information Manager Dan Masonson said late last night.

According to Masonson, a Patriots victory over the Chiefs (5-7) tonight will eliminate the Jaguars. Under that scenario, the Chiefs and Jaguars each must win all remaining games.

"I don't know exactly what beyond Kansas City being involved, but yes, there is a scenario," Masonson said.

However remote their playoff hopes, Jaguars players said that was talk for another day, and the talk yesterday was of a team that played as well in all phases as in any game this season. The Jaguars' statistical advantages were, in nearly every category, staggering:

-- A 28-2 advantage in first downs.

-- A 449-53 advantage in total yards.

-- A 244-62 advantage in rushing yards.

-- A 205-minus-9 advantage in passing yards.

"We're a pretty good football team right now," Jaguars wide receiver Keenan McCardell said. "We're really, really playing well."

The Browns didn't convert a third down into a first and did not move past midfield. The Jaguars sacked Browns quarterback Spergon Wynn six times, and were dominant enough that starting quarterback Mark Brunell and starting running back Fred Taylor did not play in the fourth quarter. …

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