Let's all be rather honest: We all were expecting a blowout of the highest level when we looked to this week. The Green Bay Packers are a powerhouse of a team with a nuclear arsenal of an offense. After blowing out the Houston Texans, who had previously blown out the Jacksonville Jaguars, we all expected to be handed a beating with the ugly stick. What we did witness was something else entirely.
Yesterday we saw three offensive players have career days, hopefully a sign of an offensive breakout. Finally, quarterback Blaine Gabbert had the sort of passing performance fans have been waiting for, out-passing Aaron Rodgers by making progressive reads, smart check-downs, and logical throwing choices. If it hadn't been for several key drops in the fourth quarter and an abysmal third quarter, Gabbert could have had even better numbers.
Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon, and Guy Whimper have finally gelled into a cohesive receiver corps. Shorts had a career day with 8 receptions for 116 yards. Blackmon also had a career day with 4 receptions for 67 yards. Blackmon would have bigger numbers had he not had several drops in the second half. Finally, Guy Whimper caught a TD pass and that's all I have to say about that because Jaguars.
All you have to know about the defensive performance is that Aaron Rodgers was held to only 186 yards and 2 TDs. Considering Rodgers' performance this season, that's a win for the Jaguars.
Now if you wanted to poo-poo on this game, you probably will point out the various injuries that caused Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, and Charles Woodson did not play. Don't be that jerk. Really. Don't. STOP. D-D-D-D-DON'T. I SEE YOU IN THE COMMENTS.
So, considering what we've seen so far this season, does this loss feel like a moral victory? It certainly does to me. If you were to take this sort of performance and build on it, the Jaguars may have a chance at salvaging this season and creating something positive.