The Jacksonville Jaguars did just that this weekend, struggling against the New York Giants today. Both teams battled many injuries in the week and weeks leading up to the game and both offensive lines were severely beaten up. This game was going to be decided by who could control the trenches, that is the offensive and defensive lines. Those two areas of the game would be critical, and in the end, they proved to be the killer for the Jaguars. David Garrard was sacked on the final three plays of the game to end any hope for a Jaguars comeback.
Just like that the Jaguars are 6-5 and thanks to the San Diego Chargers, still tied for first place in the AFC South. This weekend was truly a gift to the Jaguars as the Texans shut out the Titans and the Chargers beat up on the Colts. If the Jags could have pulled out a victory, they would be a game and a half ahead of the Colts for the division lead and well on their way to making the playoffs. But that didn't happen, and now next week's game against the Tennessee Titans is essentially a must-win game.
Mike Sims-Walker got some action in today, despite having a high-ankle sprain that has kept him out of recent action. Although he was responsible for missing a catch that resulted in an interception to start the second half.
The Jaguars fought hard, and it was all Jags early, but all Giants late. If I believed in moral victories, this would certainly qualify...but I don't. This game is over, the Jaguars should have won, but now, at 6-5 they have their work cut out for them. Hopefully Eugene Monroe can return next week against the Titans, and that would vastly improve the offensive line. Mike Sims-Walker will be healthier and with the news that David Garrard's wrist injury he suffered during the last series is not as severe as initially thought, the Jaguars seem to be pretty healthy going into an absolute battle with the Titans.
Of course Wednesday I will provide an update on any news for the Jaguars and provide a look ahead to the Tennessee Titans. Thanks to the Texans and the Chargers, this weekend was not a total lost and the Jaguars are certainly still alive. But the Division Title is no longer only the goal, its now the only option. 10 wins, and possible 9 should do it, and it is certainly there for the Jaguars taking.