For those that have seen the second installment of the Indiana Jones movies, they can easily recall the scene of the cult leader, Mola Ram, reaching into the chest of an unfortunate young man and pull out his still beating heart.
After watching the Jaguars facing the Raiders yesterday, the Jaguars fans somehow reached a new level of torment. Despite losing Maurice Jones-Drew in the first series and Blaine Gabbert at the beginning of the 2nd, the Jaguars scored 10 straight points to take a 17-3 lead in the second quarter. At this point the Jaguars and their fans were breathing a sigh of relief. Maybe these boys just needed some time to stand on their own two feet.
And then Blaine Gabbert went down with a bum shoulder, which meant the immortal Chad Henne under center. And then as the game progressed, the Jaguars were helpless as Mola Ram slowly reached his hand into their chest and pulled their heart out in front of the Black Hole. The Jaguars defense was stout against the run, holding Oakland under 70 yards. But, Carson Palmer found his groove in the second half against the Jaguars, who spent a lot more time on the defensive, due to the Jaguars offense being offensive for the most part.
The Jaguars didn’t manage anything and served up a healthy amount of three-and-outs, giving Oakland great field position in the second half. Despite this, Jacksonville managed a field goal off of a turnover by Oakland, which set the stage for overtime after Oakland stormed back. In overtime, Jacksonville received the ball first, but in hindsight, they should have let Oakland get the ball first with the way the offense was playing. Maybe the defense could have made a play to set up the Jags offense, or force a punt for better field position.
But, the Jags put themselves out of their own misery with a fumble that set up the Raiders for the game-winning field goal in OT.
At this point, Gabbert and Jones-Drew’s injuries should be nursed to full health and rehab. No need to bring them back for a season that will end up 2-14 or maybe the 1-15 that ESPN predicted. The Jaguars are in the bottom half of offensive and defensive stats in the league and there doesn’t seem to be much optimism about those numbers changing.
Maybe we should get Indiana Jones to search for an artifact that can make us forget all about this season.
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Written by Michael Reid