Jacksonville Jaguars: Ranking the 5 Best Wins of the 2011 NFL Season
In the 2011 NFL season, Jacksonville wins were harder to find than a MySpace user. But that doesn't mean they didn't exist.
Sure, this Jaguars season was more tumultuous than a bad day in the Middle East, but there were some victories. To be exact, there were five victories.
In these games, this young team showed glimpses of a bright future. The Jaguars didn't have a great season, but they showed flashes of a winning squad. I am here to highlight those flashes.
5. Week 10
Maurice Jones-Drew had 114 yards and a score. Josh Scobee booted a 44-yarder and even Blaine Gabbert tossed a pass for six points.
But this was a Colts team that was winless. They provided absolutely no competition for Jacksonville. Curtis Painter threw for only 94 yards and two picks. Dan Orlovsky wasn't much better as he mustered 67 yards and lost a fumble.
The Jags capitalized on these mistakes en route to a convincing victory. It was a win, but this was a total gimme.
4. Week 17
This was still a victory over the worst team in the league. This time, though, Indy was on a two-game win streak and many experts picked the Colts for the win.
Jacksonville dispelled those ideas as they jumped to a 10-3 lead at the half and extended that lead to 16-6 going into the fourth quarter.
MJD locked up the rushing title and Gabbert was 11 for 19 with 92 yards and a touchdown. It wasn't domination, but it was a win, and it let the Jags end the season on a high note.
3. Week 1
After this convincing game, the Jags were 1-0 and looked to have a bright season. Boy, did that fall apart. But Jacksonville showed they could hold their own against a playoff contender.
The defense completely shut down Chris Johnson and that was what led them to victory. At one point in the third quarter, Jacksonville was up 13-0 before a pair of Matt Hasselbeck to Kenny Britt touchdowns.
In a season that stressed the importance of kickers, Josh Scobee started 2011 right by going three for three in field goals and hit one from 48 yards out. When it was all said and done, Scobee added 10 points to a MJD touchdown and Jacksonville was 1-0.
2. Week 14
Versus Tampa Bay
It was the start of the second quarter and the Jags were already down 14-0. This game looked hopeless. But as in all good stories, all was well in the end. Colin Cloherty returned a fumble eight yards to make it a one-possession game. After that, Jacksonville looked unstoppable.
They scored 41 unanswered points en route to a convincing win. MJD looked like the best running back in the league, rushing for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 51 receiving yards and two touchdowns through the air.
This game was a complete performance and showed just how good the Jaguars can be.
1. Week 7
What just happened? That was my reaction to this Monday Night shocker. I was convinced that this Ravens team would just dominate Jacksonville. To put it lightly, I was wrong.
Josh Scobee showed just how good he was, going four for four on field goal attempts. Scobee nailed two 54-yarders and hit another one from 51 yards out. That night he put all the points on the board for Jacksonville.
The defense also stepped up, holding Ray Rice to only 28 yards as well as recovering a fumble and intercepting a Joe Flacco pass.
All in all, this was the best performance by the Jags all season.