New half, same story for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville received the ball to start the third quarter, trailing the New York Jets 15-3. The Jaguars’ offense was coming off a pedestrian first half in which the had just 97 yards of total offense and quarterback Luke McCown threw two interceptions en route to an 11.5 quarterback rating.
Things got much worse. Jacksonville had some success on the ground, but McCown couldn’t convert on third down passing plays to keep drives going.
New York on the other hand finally wore down a stingy Jacksonville defense. Mark Sanchez drove the Jets 93 yards on a scoring drive in which he hit tight end Dustin Keller on passes of 37 and 11 yards, the latter going for a touchdown that put the Jets up 22-3.
Basically in a must-score situation, Jacksonville’s following drive was over before it even started. McCown stared down Cecil Shorts as he rolled right, making for an easy read for Antonio Cromartie, who jumped in front of the pass, intercepted it and returned it 26 yards to get the ball to Jacksonville’s one-yard line. Shonn Greene powered his way into the end zone two plays later and put the Jets up 29-3.
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It only got better for McCown. On his very next passing attempt he was picked off by Josh Mauga, ending an extraordinarily awful quarter for the Jaguars.