The Jaguars chances of winning in Atlanta were slim, but not many people believed that the game…
Jags Eye Rushing Title for MJD
If they pull that off, it would be one of the few positives in the star-crossed 2011 season.
Jacksonville goes into the game with a 4-10 record after being blown out by the Falcons 41-14 last Thursday night.
The loss left interim coach Mel Tucker, who replaced Jack Del Rio after he was fired last month, with a 1-2 record.
Although new owner Shad Khan says that Tucker will be a serious candidate for the permanent job, it doesn't help that the Jaguars have been routed twice since he took over. They also lost to San Diego 38-14 but beat Tampa Bay 41-14.
The remaining highlight for the Jaguars figures to be Maurice Jones-Drew's pursuit of the rushing title. He goes into the final two weeks with 1,334 yards.
He has a 60-yard lead on Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy, who gained 102 yards Sunday against the Jets. The Jaguars have yet to have a player finish in the top three in rushing for a season.
"We have a chance to do something that's never been done. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, I'd rather win two games and not let it happen," Jones-Drew said.
Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert also would like to finish on a high note.
"I know things haven't gone well this year," Gabbert said. "I haven't played how I wanted to, but a lot of positive things have gone on. We've been dealt some unfortunate cards. The way you respond to those situations, the way you learn from them is going to make you a better player."
Regarding all the flak he's taken this year for being the worst-rated quarterback in the league, Gabbert said, "Criticism is part of the game, whatever. A lot of other factors go into playing quarterback. We take the brunt of the criticism. That's just the position we play. That's how it should be. We're the face of the team. The ball goes through us on every play. We kind of shape it.
"It is what it is. Everybody is going to be criticized for something whether you deserve it or you don't. That's the way the world works, I guess. I'm comfortable in my own skin, like Mr. Khan said."
Khan called him the CO (commanding officer) of the team.
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