The Jacksonville Jaguars had things going for them after a solid first quarter, as they were up on the Arizona Cardinals 14-7. But they would never score again on Sunday afternoon, because the Cardinals talented defense clamped down, Carson Palmer- and Michael Floyd- torched the Jags D, and the Cardinals rang up 20 unanswered points to net the 27-14 win. The Jaguars were just 2-14 on third downs, made it into the red zone only once, and they only mustered 4.6 yards per play in the loss.
Starting quarterback Chad Henne was at the center of the disastrous play on offense, and the Jaguars inability to get anything going in the passing game is clearly hampering Maurice Jones-Drew, who complained about having to face defenses that just stack up the box on him. Henne tossed two horrendous interceptions and had a 69.0 QB Rating, but it’s clear that he’s still the Jaguars starter. The Florida Times-Union’s Ryan O’Halloran reports that the Jags will unsurprisingly continue to roll with Henne as the starter. At least he has some arm strength, and he’s still a significantly better player than Blaine Gabbert, who is just too awful to start. Henne clearly has his issues, but at least he’s better than the alternative.
The Jaguars were without middle linebacker Paul Posluszny, who was inactive with a concussion after being downgraded to “out” on Saturday. There was initially some hope that Pos would be able to play against the Cards, as the Jaguars only listed him as “questionable” when they first released the injury report. But it became clear that he wouldn’t be able to play after being unable to pass the final mandatory concussion test.
Well a day after the game, O’Halloran reports that the Jaguars have just cleared Posluszny, which locks him in for this week’s game against the Houston Texans. He has gaudy stats this season with 88 tackles and seven passes defended, mostly thanks to the fact that he’s cleaning up a lot of plays for the Jaguars.