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article imageNFL: The Jets take advantage of Jaguars turnovers to win

By Austin Tyler     Sep 19, 2011 in Sports
East Rutherford - The Jacksonville Jaguars cut the David Garrard before the season started and put their faith in Luke McCown, but they have yet to see the production. The Jets took advantage of the lack of productivity to get a 32-3 victory and another win.
The New York Jets (2-0) hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) for a Week 2 divisional matchup. The Jets are coming off a come from behind victory over the Dallas Cowboys 27-24. The Jaguars are coming off a 16-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans where McCown did not throw a touchdown.
Mark Sanchez (17/24, 182, 2 TD’s, 2 Int’s) and the Jets offense took no time moving the ball down the field. Sanchez hit tight end Dustin Keller (6 receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD) for a 33 yard gain, and then Santonio Holmes (3 receptions, 42 yards, 1 TD) for a 17-yard touchdown pass. The Jets moved 64-yards on that drive to take a 7-0 lead in just six plays.
The Jaguars took over after the kickoff and started with poor field position. Jacksonville tried to move the ball with Maurice Jones-Drew (18 carries, 88 yards), but he could only get 1-yard. The next pass was an incomplete pass. The Jets defense really stepped up and got a safety as McCown (6/19, 59 yards, 0 TD, 4 Int’s) dropped back to pass. The play was reviewed but was upheld forcing the Jags to kick the ball off.
The Jets got the ball but the drive did not last long as Sanchez threw an interception on the second play of the drive. William Middleton picked off the Sanchez pass and returned it 11-yards before being tackled. The Jags could not take advantage of the turnover as they went three and out and punted the ball away.
New York struggled on their drive also as they were forced to punt the ball away as they also went three and out. The Jags took the ball and moved the ball a little as they went 20-yards before they got a field-goal from Josh Scobee. Scobee came on to make a 55-yard field-goal to make it a 9-3 game.
Sanchez and the Jets struggled on their next offensive possession as well, but were still able to get into field-goal range. They moved the ball just 39-yards before Nick Folk came on to give them a 12-3 lead with a 38-yard field-goal.
Jacksonville tried to answer on their next drive as they put McCown in the shotgun formation and had him air it out. He only completed one pass on the drive for a first down, but then missed on his next two passes. The Jags was forced to punt the ball away after six plays and 25-yards.
The Jets offense still had trouble moving the ball on this drive as well with Sanchez throwing another interception on the fifth play of the drive. Sanchez moved them 21-yards before he threw a pass that was intercepted by Rashean Mathis. The Jaguars took over, but did not keep the ball long as the McCown threw an interception as well. Antonio Cromartie picked off the pass and returned it 37-yards before being tackled.
New York had a chance to capitalize on the turnover, but fell short as they could only move the ball 16-yards before punting it away. Jacksonville had the ball after the punt, and Jones-Drew made an 11-yard run and a 7-yard run to get the Jags a first down. McCown then threw another interception that was picked off by Eric Smith of the Jets.
With 1:20 left in the half the Jets moved the ball just 6-yards before they got a 45-yard field-goal from Folk to make it a 15-3 lead with .26 left in the half.
The Jags had the ball to start the second half and struggled going four plays for 25-yards and was forced to punt the ball away. The Jets could not move the ball on their drive as well and both teams struggle with their offense as the game became a punting contest.
The Jets got the ball with 9:08 left in the third quarter and moved the ball 75-yards to finally get the offense going. Sanchez used his arm on the drive by hitting Keller and Holmes for two big plays. Keller finished off the drive with an 11-yard pass from Sanchez to make it a 22-3 lead.
Jacksonville’s offense on the other hand still trouble moving the ball as they McCown threw another interception to Cromartie again. Cromartie picked off the pass and ran it back 28-yards for a touchdown, but it was reversed. The refs said that Cromartie was pushed out at the one-yard line before he got in the endzone. That set the Jets up at 1-yard line, and Shonn Greene (16 receptions, 49 yards, 1 TD) ran the ball in for a touchdown to make it a 29-3 lead.
On the next Jags drive McCown threw his fourth interception of the game. Josh Mauga picked the ball off this time, and returned the ball 11-yards before he was tackled. The Jets took over and moved the ball just 13-yards before Folk came on and made a 23-yard field goal. The Jets had the game well in hand, but the scoring ended after this field-goal that made it a 32-3 victory.
The Jags put McCown on the bench and brought in rookie Blaine Gabbert who went 5 of 6 for 52 yards and no touchdowns.
Jacksonville will take on the Carolina Panthers next week in Carolina, and the Jets will be in Oakland to take on the Raiders.
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