The Jacksonville Jaguars fell to the New Orleans Saints 23-10 on Sunday, but it was a loss that should have given fans a lot of hope for the future. It's certainly frustrating to see the Jaguars once again fail to score points, but unlike previous weeks the Jaguars offense was able to drive down the football field. While you'd like to see more points on the board, the fact that the team crossed the 50-yard line on multiple occasions was nice to see. I'll write more on the offensive game plan and the performance by rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert later, but it was one to grow on. The loss of Eugene Monroe in the game was felt big-time on the offensive line, as his loss changed 3 positions.
The defense did what most of us thought they would do, give up yards but limit scores. The Jaguars defense held the Saints offense to their lowest point output so far on the season, despite giving up over 500 yards of total offense. Not only that, but the Jaguars defense once again limited big plays by the Saints offense. They also picked off Saints quarterback Drew Brees twice and had some great coverage on some attempted passes down the field.
While the score indicates the Jaguars got beat soundly, the feeling in the game the whole time was that the Jaguars were still in it.