Quick Take: Jaguars vs. Vikings

Here is my personal quick take on the Jaguar's Week 1 game versus the Vikings including winners/losers and some quick stats and facts about the game (I noticed midway through this that the Jaguars Notebook was up and some of these stats are also mentioned there, sorry for the redundancy). So here we go:


- Blaine Gabbert : There is no doubting that Gabbert is a totally different QB then he was last season. If it weren’t for a late breakdown by the defense, this would have been the greatest day of his career. The 39 yard TD pass to Shorts was a thing of beauty. With the offensive line crumbling on the right side every play, he continually stayed in the pocket and made some impressive passes. He wasn’t perfect, as there were a few head scratching misses and another botched snap turned fumble but overall Gabbert looked like much improved, and that bodes well for the Jaguars.

- Cecil Shorts: The perennial offseason star had yet to really make an impact in a regular season game up until yesterday. Number four on the depth chart, little was expected of Shorts entering the game but he came to play. Shorts and Gabbert found a rhythm early and capped it off with that beautiful 39 TD pass. While Robinson, Blackmon and Lewis get most the attention, Shorts is quietly making a name for himself.

- Maurice Jones-Drew : While not as impressive of a start as previous seasons, 77 yards coming of an offseason where he was completely absent is admirable. Even though MJD looked like he was a step slower than normally, that is expected after missing the offseason. With a solid first game and Jennings injury, it looks as if MJD is back to the lead role sooner than most expected. Hopefully he can keep it up and prove to doubters that he won’t suffer an off year due to the extended hold out.

- Terrance Knighton : A few months ago we were worried he would never play a game again, now he is back starting and he looked solid in his first game since the eye injury. With a well-timed sack and forced fumble Pot Roast seems to be back to form and hopefully will continue to play at a high level all season for the Jaguars.

- Eugene Monroe : Jared Allen had 0 sacks, 0 pressures….that is all that needs to be said.


- Jaguars Secondary and DE’s : The secondary looked pretty awful at times and this was highlighted even more when they allowed Ponder to throw 30+ yards in under 20 seconds to position the Vikings for a long game tying FG. Aaron Ross looked lost and the it looked like no one could make a tackle. Obviously the lack of pass rush (See Alfies article) didn’t help their cause at all but nevertheless the Jaguars secondary was bad yesterday.

- Rashad Jennings : This was Jennings chance to shine but sadly an injury and a slow start didn’t allow that to happen. Jennings who is in a contract year was given the start and was looking for a solid game to prove he is a capable starter. After a slow start, Jennings started to pick things but ended the game with being stuffed at the goal line and then benched due to a leg injury. While not a terrible performance, it was a letdown based on the expectations.

- Offensive Line: Injuries killed the offensive line again yesterday with Uche, Bradfield and Britton all suffering injuries early. By the end of the game, the right side of the line basically did almost nothing to protect Gabbert who constantly found himself under heavy pressure.

- Guy Whimper :


Quick Notes:

- Blaine Gabbert’s 260 passing yards was a career high.

- This was Gabbert’s 3rd career game with multiple passing touchdowns.

- Gabbert’s QBR of 57.9 was a career high. His next highest ranked game was 41.2 against San Deigo in 2011.

- QBR Ranks from first or second year QBs:



Robert Griffin III (Redskins )


Christian Ponder (Vikings)


Jake Locker (Titans )


Blaine Gabbert (Jaguars)


Andrew Luck (Colts )


Cam Newton (Panthers )


Russell Wilson (Seahawks )


Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins )


Brandon Weeden (Browns )


- The fumbled snap between Gabbert and Meester was Gabbert’s 14th career fumble in 16 games.

- It took until Week 5 of the 2011 season for a Jaguars receiver to have at least 74 yards receiving (2012 Week 1 – Cecil Shorts III , 74 yards : 2011 Week 5 – Jason Hill , 118 yards)

- Short’s 39 yard touchdown catch singlehandedly over doubled his career yards of 30 entering the game.

- Here is how Justin Blackmon ’s debut stacked up against other Top 2 round rookie WRs:





Stephen Hill




Alshon Jeffery




Kendall Wright




Justin Blackmon




A.J. Jenkins




Brian Quick




Ryan Broyles




Rueben Randle




- Eugene Monroe was in pass pro 46 times vs. Jared Allen on Sunday and didn't allow a single pressure according to Pro Football Focus.

- The offensive line allowed 7 QB hits, tied for 4th most hits allowed in the league in Week 1.

- The longest run of the day by the Jaguars was MJD’s 11 run. That is the shortest long run of a game since the first game against Houston in 2011 where MJD only had a 10 yard run.

- Entering the Monday Night Football games, rookie Bryan Anger has the 3rd highest punting average in the league (53.5 yards)

- Dating back to the start of the 2011 season, Josh Scobee has made 26 out of 28 FG attempted for an insane 93% FG made percentage.

- Though the DE’s struggled, both starting DT’s Knighton and Alualu had sacks (Knighton forced a fumble on his) and C.J. Mosley had a fumble recovery.

- The Jaguars scored 23 points against the Vikings. In 2011 the Jaguars only had one game in which they scored 23+ points (41 – 14 win over Tampa Bay).

- The Jaguars OT loss was the first OT game since Week 16 of 2010 vs. Redskins. The Jaguars have not had an OT win since 2009 against the Rams .

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