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A look at the top performers in the 41-10 loss to the Redskins.

Brian Bahr

Disclaimers: I unfortunately suffered from a concussion last weekend, I am writing this article the best I can but potentially my thoughts might seem cluttered. Also, there obviously weren't very many good things about last weeks game, so this article will mostly be jokes and satire and most likely won't even be all that funny. If you are not interested in this type of writing, please turn off your computer and back away now.

The Offense

Bryan Anger

Boy, he sure turned out to be the best third round pick we could ask for, didn't he? Not only is he in the top 10 in gross punting average, but he leads the league in punting by over 200 yards! With our offense continuously sputtering with Chad Henne at the helm, Anger has given some stability to the franchise and has been a bright spot in an otherwise dark two weeks of football.

Allen Robinson

While he only caught four passes in the game, he still caught twice as many as any other player on the Jaguars roster. The first three of his catches were all for short gains but his two in the second quarter showed good ability to catch the ball in traffic. The first he was getting hit as he caught the ball and the second he was able to stay in bounds even with a small area to do so with a defender closing in on him. The highlight of the night for Robinson came on a deep post route where he was able to split the safeties and then get behind them for a long completion. With Allen Hurns now also out for an extended time, the receiving corps is getting thinner and Robinson will have a chance to step up.

The Two Plays that Accounted for Half of our Offense

Our offense was bad. Anyone with even the tiniest idea of how to play football is able to clearly see that it was horrendous. The only two highlights that game out of the game were the 54 yard completion to Allen Robinson I just mentioned and a 63 yard touchdown by Marcedes Lewis. For the sake of word count, let's look at these plays in a little more detail.

While the touchdown to Lewis was a nice pick-me-up for the team and the fans, it seems to be more of a product of poor defense than anything else. The O-Line was able to keep the pocket clean enough for Chad Henne, but looking at the tape it almost looks like it could have been another sack if he kept the ball a second longer. The main reasons for the touchdown came from DeAngelo Hall slipping and falling to the turf and Bacarri Rambo taking just about the worst possible route to the ball. The ball might have still been completed if these players didn't mess up, but it's hard to see the play going for a touchdown if they were in position. Even so, Henne and Lewis took advantage of the opportunity in the best possible way and this play became one of the few plays from the game that's memorable in a good way.

The completion to Robinson, however, was a great play by the Jaguars all around. It starts with the O-Line giving Chad Henne one of the cleanest pockets he saw all game and Henne stepping up when pressure coming from the outside. That last statement bares emphasizing, Chad Henne actually stepped up in the pocket. It's hard to believe based on what we saw the rest of the game, but he does have the ability to actually do it. As mentioned earlier, Robinson did a nice job splitting the safeties and getting over top, letting the Jaguars actually beat the cover two in its weak spot in the middle of the field. The only complaint on the play was that Henne could have led the receiver more, if he did so it might have been a touchdown, but overall it was a nice play to see late in the game.

The Defense

Josh Evans

Evans had a bad game when he came in for Cyprien in week one. Yes, there were other miscues and it wasn't all on him, but there's no denying that our secondary isn't the same with Evans in. Against the Redskins, however, Evans proved to be one of the few solid player on the field for the Jaguars. He was one of the few defenders who did well in coverage, allowing only 38 yards on three receptions and also contributing a pass deflection. He also lead the team in tackles and did a nice job stepping up and stopping the run. The play we should expect from Evans lies somewhere between these first two games, but it's nice to know he can step up in a big way when needed.

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Shutting Down RG3

Anytime you play the Redskins, RG3 always has to be in your mind due to his being a threat both throwing and running the football. This week, the Jaguars were able to hold Griffin to only 60 yards all game! Granted, he left in the first quarter due to an unfortunate injury, but he still had little impact in the game.

In all seriousness, I do wish Griffin a speedy recovery from his injury. Its never good to see a player go down and I would never wish injury on any player in any game.

Bryan Anger

Boy, he sure turned out to be the best third round pick we could ask for, didn't he? Not only is he in the top 10 in gross punting average, but he leads the league in punting by over 200 yards! With our offense continuously sputtering with Chad Henne at the helm, Anger has given some stability to the franchise and has been a bright spot in an otherwise dark two weeks of football. The only reason our defense didn't let up even more points was because of Anger being able to flip the field every time Chad Henne threw for 3 yards on a third and long.