With the start of the regular season just around the corner, it's time to take a look at the Jaguars schedule. Can the Jags bounce back from a disappointing '08 season? Or will 2009 prove to be a rebuilding year?
Week One at Indianapolis
Colts win 24-17 (0-1)
Big game for Maurice Jones-Drew, but the young Jaguars receivers struggle to find a rhythm with their quarterback. The defense holds off the Colts in the end, but the offense is unable to put together a game-tying scoring drive.
Week Two vs Arizona
Jags win 27-21 (1-1)
The Jags offense gets it together in what starts as a first-half shootout. David Garrard hits a rhythm, hooking up with Torry Holt and rookie Tiquan Underwood for touchdown passes. The defense holds off Kurt Warner and company in the second half.
Week Three at Houston
Jags win 20-14 (2-1)
The Jags win a sloppy game against the struggling Texans. David Garrard sneaks in the game-winner late in the third quarter.
Week Four vs Tennessee
Titans win 17-10 (2-2)
Cortland Finnegan picks off David Garrard twice, returning one for a touchdown, to lead the Titans to victory. The young Jacksonville receivers have a tough time getting open against the stingy Titan defense.
Week Five at Seattle
Jags win 31-14 (3-2)
Jacksonville has no trouble pulling out a victory against the winless Seahawks. Both Rashean Mathis and rookie Derek Cox intercept Seahawks QB Matt Hasselback. Rookie WR Jarrett Dillard gets the first touchdown reception of his young career.
Week Six vs St. Louis
Jags win 24-13 (4-2)
Newly acquired Jags WR Torry Holt has his best game as a Jaguar versus his former team, hauling in nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars beat the Rams with ease to head into their bye week 4-2.
Week Seven BYE
Week Eight at Tennessee
Titans win 28-24 (4-3)
The Jags lose to the Titans for the second time in a month, despite holding a lead into the third quarter. Titans RB Chris Johnson seals the deal with a 33-yard touchdown run.
Week Nine vs Kansas City
Chiefs win 21-14 (4-4)
The Chiefs upset the Jags at home, despite being a large underdog. The Jags ground game isn't able to get going until it's too late, putting all the pressure on the passing game.
Week 10 at New York Jets
Jags win 17-10 (5-4)
The Jags break their two-game losing skid in a surprising road upset. Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez, who has been impressive so far in the season, was rattled by the Jaguars pass rush. Second-year defensive end Derrick Harvey records two-and-a-half sacks and a fumble recovery.
Week 11 vs Buffalo
Jags win 37-13 (6-4)
The Jags offense explodes against the Bills defense, scoring a season-high 37 points. The defense is equally impressive, holding the Bills high-flying offense to a season-low 173 yards.
Jags star cornerback Rashean Mathis holds Terrell Owens catchless. Maurice Jones-Drew scores two touchdowns on the ground and adds another passing, with a trick play to Marcedes Lewis.
Week 12 at San Francisco
Niners win 24-20 (6-5)
Niners rookie WR Michael Crabtree, playing in his first game after the longest holdout in the NFL salary cap era, scores the winning touchdown on a controversial fourth-down play late in the fourth quarter. Later replays clearly show his left foot coming down out of bounds.
Week 13 vs Houston
Jags win 23-14 (7-5)
The Jags avenge their early season loss against the Texans, to split the series for the year. The game wasn't as close as the score appeared; the Jaguars maintained control throughout, with a stingy defensive performance and efficient passing by QB David Garrard.
Week 14 vs Miami
Jags win 19-3 (8-5)
Josh Scobee leads the way with four field goals to help the Jags beat their intrastate rival. The defense keeps Chad Pennington hurried in the pocket and picks him off twice.
Week 15 vs Indianapolis
Colts win 21-20 (8-6)
Peyton Manning and the gang complete a season sweep of the Jags, this time in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. A 52-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri with seven seconds left sent the Jags to the locker room empty handed on their only prime-time game of the season.
David Garrard was efficient all night, but a late fumble by Jags rookie RB Rashad Jennings helped put the Colts in position for victory.
Week 16 at New England
Patriots win 33-24 (8-7)
Former Jags RB Fred Taylor enjoyed his best game of the season against his former team, carrying the ball 19 times for 128 yards and a touchdown. Taylor also added three catches for 25 yards. The Patriots had control for most of the game, sending the Jags home all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
Week 17 at Cleveland
Jags win 31-16 (9-7)
The Jags finished up their 2009 season with an impressive road victory against the struggling Browns. Despite their efforts, the Jags miss the playoffs for the second straight year. The yo-yo quarterback situation for Cleveland continued with Brady Quinn being benched at halftime for the QB he replaced (Derek Anderson) midway through the season.
The Jaguars finish 2009 with a much-improved 9-7 record. The young Jaguars are considered a team on the rise, with much improvement expected for 2010. WR Torry Holt established himself as the Jaguars go to receiver early, but rookie Jarrett Dillard and third-year man Mike Walker made strides towards the end of the season.
Maurice Jones-Drew was the Jaguars lone pro-bowler, with 1,572 yards rushing on 319 carries. Jones-Drew also added 13 touchdowns on the ground. CB Rashean Mathis was named as an alternate.
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