Jaguars vs. Raiders: Jacksonville Loses MJD, Gabbert, Big Lead and the Game
Cary Emondson-US PRESSWIRE
This is what rock bottom feels like.
The Jacksonville Jaguars lost in overtime to the Oakland Raiders, 26-23, after blowing a 20-6 second-half lead to a team with just one prior win on the season.
In the process, the Jags lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew and starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert to separate first-half injuries.
While a myriad of Raiders miscues set the Jaguars up in prime position to get their second win, the ragged play of replacement quarterback Chad Henne snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
Because of the struggles of Gabbert, some in the media had called for Henne to take over at quarterback.
No one will will make that mistake again.
Henne was impossibly bad, hitting just nine of 20 passes for 71 yards, with three sacks. He put up just 45 yards of total passing offense on 23 dropbacks, good for less than two yards per drop back.
He was ineffective all afternoon, often appearing confused and routinely firing balls wildly off target.
Jones-Drew's replacement Rashad Jennings didn't fair much better on the ground, with 21 carries for 44 yards, though he did contribute 58 yards receiving.
The Jaguars had several chances to put the game away, but a series of mistakes kept the Raiders around long enough to win it.
Andre Branch gave the Raiders a free first down after they had been stopped deep in their own territory in the fourth quarter. Oakland later converted the drive into a field goal.
With the game tied and under three minutes to go, Henne hit Cecil Shorts for a big gain inside the Oakland 40, but the play was waived off when officials ruled Shorts committed pass interference.
Jacksonville again got the ball at their own 43-yard line with 1:06 to play in regulation and the score tied, but went three-and-out.
Finally, they won the toss in overtime, but Shorts fumbled on 3rd-and-20 after gaining just eight yards.
Oakland had the ball at the Jaguars' 21 and made short work of it, drilling a kick after a kneel down to center the ball.
The Jaguars drop to 1-5 and are tied with the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs as the only teams with a single win. The Browns also have six losses, to give them the official worst record in football.
Jacksonville travels to Green Bay next week and has difficult games against the Lions and Texans in coming weeks.
As much as Gabbert has labored in his young career, he was off to a fast start against the Raiders, aided by a 42-yard throw to Shorts for an early score.
Should he miss any extended time with what looks like a shoulder injury, the Jaguars may well find themselves with the worst record in football by the end of the season.
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