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Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets: First Half Review – Jets 15, Jaguars 3

September 18th, 2011 at 2:32 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

A slow start and poor passing perofmrance from Luke McCown has hampered the Jacksonville Jaguars’ chances of upsetting the New York Jets on the road. Jacksonville has played from behind the entire game and heads into halftime trailing 15-3 thanks to an anemic offense that compiled just 97 yards. 

The Jets were able to get going early. Mark Sanchez led New York down the field on the team’s opening drive and found Santonio Holmes in between two Jacksonville defenders for 17-yard score.
Trailing 7-0, the Jaguars dug themselves into a deeper hole on their first offensive possession. Backed up deep in Jacksonville’s territory, Luke McCown was unable to find an open receiver and was taken down for a safety by New York rookie defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. That play occurred 64 seconds after New York’s touchdown. Wilkerson got instantaneous pressure on a three-man pass rush and was able to give the Jets a 9-0 lead less than five minutes into the first quarter.
Will Middleton was able to intercept an errant Mark Sanchez throw on the following series and prevented things from getting too out of hand. Both teams traded stalled drives until the Jaguars were able to capitalize on fair catch interference. Jacksonville took over on its own 44 yard-line and was able to get into New York territory following a 16-yard run from Maurice Jones-Drew. 
The Jaguars had to settle for a 55-yard field goal and Josh Scobee was able to continue his excellent start to the season by just squeaking the kick through the uprights to put the Jaguars on the board, with New York leading 9-3. 
New York opened up the second quarter with a 38-yard field goal from Nick Folk to increase the lead to 12-3.
Rashean Mathis picked off Mark Sanchez, giving The Sanchize his second interception of the half but the Jaguars could not capitalize on that opportunity either. Jacksonville moved the ball into New York territory only to have McCown sail a pass over the head of Mike Thomas and into Antonio
Cromartie’s outstretched hands. 
McCown’s day only got worse. Running a two-minute drill, McCown panicked and flung a pass to defensive end Aaron Smith right over the middle of the field. He was able to haul it in and give New York the ball at Jacksonville’s 30 yard-line with a minute left in the half.
New York was able to capitalize with a 45-yard field goal from Folk, putting the Jets up 15-3 right before halftime. 
Tags: Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Josh Scobee, Luke McCown, Mark Sanchez, Maurice-Jones Drew, New York Jets, NFL

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