That was the quarterback rating that Luke McCown walked off the field with in the fourth quarter of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 32-3 to the New York Jets on Sunday.
Jacksonville accumulated just 203 yards of total offense and McCown was intercepted four times in what could have been a statement game for the Jaguars.
Well the team did make a statement. A statement of just how much room the offense has to grow.
It appeared that the Jaguars were in for a long outing following a 17-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes in the first quarter. The Jaguars took over the ball deep in their own territory and McCown was sacked for a safety on third down by rookie defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
Wilkerson was able to get to McCown on a three-man pass rush and his takedown gave New York a 9-0 lead five minutes into the game.
Both teams traded field goals to put the game at 12-3 and Jacksonville’s defense was able to keep New York in check during the first half with interceptions from Will Middleton and Rashean Mathis. But McCown had two picks of his own, including one at the end of the first half to set up a 45-
yard Nick Folk field goal that gave the Jets a 15-3 lead at halftime.
Things would only get worse for McCown and the Jaguars. Maurice Jones-Drew, who finished with 83 rushing yards on 83 carries, was able to rumble forward for some tough rushing yards but McCown couldn’t find open receivers and convert on third downs.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis and receiver Jason Hill did not play for Jacksonville, taking away two of McCown’s top options. Hill had said that the Jets and their star cornerback Darrelle Revis were overrated the other day, so he did not get a chance to back up his trash talk and Revis and the Jets had the last laugh.
Jacksonville only gave up 283 yards but finally wore down in the third quarter. 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.
Sanchez went 17-of-24 for 182 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
In a must-score situation, Jacksonville’s following drive was over before it even got going. McCown stared down Cecil Shorts as he rolled right. Atonio Cromartie read the play perfectly, 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.
McCown was picked off by linebacker Josh Mauga on his very next passing attempt. That ended the game for McCown, who went 6-of-19 for 59 yards, four interceptions and zero passes.
That opened the door for rookie Blaine Gabbert, who went five-of-six for 52 yards to end the game. That should also open the door for talk of Gabbert getting the starting nod next week versus the Carolina Panthers.
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