Updated Nov 17, 2013 - 8:39 am
Behind Enemy Lines: Jacksonville Jaguars
Led by strong defensive and special teams efforts, Arizona held on for a 27-24 victory over the short-handed Texans.
Next on the schedule looms the now 1-8 Jacksonville Jaguars. The previously-winless squad got the monkey off its back by topping the Tennessee Titans 29-27 on Sunday.
With Chad Henne at the helm and former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert on the bench, the Jaguars have shown some signs of life in recent weeks and will be looking to build on the win at home when they host the Cardinals in Week 11.
Jacksonville still ranks last in rushing yards allowed, second-to-last in rushing yards and 22nd in passing yards. No player on the team has more than three touchdowns this season, including quarterbacks.
Their last two first round picks, WR Justin Blackmon and OT Luke Joeckel, are both out for the rest of the year. Blackmon was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy the second time, and Joeckel fractured his ankle shortly after the Jags traded their previous left tackle Eugene Monroe.
Simply put, the 2013 season hasn't been kind to the Jaguars, leaving the Cardinals with a prime opportunity to grab a big road win come Sunday.
Here's what is happening in Jacksonville ahead of the non-conference showdown.
Sunday, November 17
Paul Posluszny out vs. Cardinals (ESPN.com)
Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny will not play in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced.
Five things to watch: Jaguars-Cardinals (ESPN.com)
Cecil Shorts vs. Patrick Peterson will be one of the main one-on-one matchups to watch when the Jaguars host the Cardinals on Sunday.
Jaguars are back home again (Jaguars.com)
Gus Bradley, in his first year as the Jaguars' head coach, said he doesn't know why the team has struggled at EverBank Field, but he does know this:
That's a trend he wants changed.
Right coaching style for Jaguars? Bradley, sports psychologists are positive (Florida Times-Union)
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley isn't alone in his belief that a positive approach to coaching is the most effective way to get results.
Sports psychologists are on his side as well.
Friday, November 15
RTC: Dwayne Gratz rebounds from injury (ESPN.com)
Jaguars rookie cornerback Dwayne Gratz is back in the starting lineup, which is a place he was expected to be all season.
Jaguars activate DE Ryan Davis from practice squad (Jaguars.com)
Jags still don't rule Paul Posluszny out (ESPN.com)
Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny missed his second consecutive practice with a concussion but the team still isn't ruling him out for Sunday's home game against Arizona.
Justin Forsett adjusting to smaller role (ESPN.com)
Six carries for 31 yards and 14 receptions for 73 yards are all he has contributed to the offense this season. The reduced role, which is due to the development of Jordan Todman and the addition of Denard Robinson, has been tough for Forsett, who signed a two-year deal with the Jaguars in the offseason.
Ten Things: Jaguars-Cardinals (Jaguars.com)
1. Play better. This was No. 1 last week, so we'll go here again. Although the Jaguars' defense made enough game-changing plays Sunday to beat the Titans, that unit could play better. The offense absolutely could. The Jaguars aren't good enough to let down and get a victory. But if they keep playing better, they have a chance.
Inside the Jaguars: Lotulelei, Allen ready if needed (Jaguars.com)
John Lotulelei doesn't yet know if he'll start Sunday.
As for Russell Allen, he doesn't know if he will start at middle or outside linebacker, with each player's situation dependent on the status of middle linebacker Paul Posluszny.
Thursday, November 14
Jaguars might have to play without LB Paul Posluszny (Florida Times-Union)
Posluszny has been the team's best defender this season. The seventh-year veteran leads the Jaguars in tackles with 88 (fifth-best in the NFL) and has a team-best two interceptions. Posluszny's tackle total is 29 more than any other Jaguars player.
Palmer expects energy to be lacking (ESPN.com)
"We've played in some tough places," Palmer said. "We know this is going to be an interesting atmosphere. It's not going to be a sold-out stadium. It's going to be a little bit of a different energy in it, and we've got to be prepared for that and just be ready to play football."
Jaguars come from a broken home (ESPN.com)
EverBank Field has been anything but "home, sweet home" for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season.
They've been outscored 89-11 and haven't scored a touchdown in three games: losses to Kansas City, Indianapolis and San Diego.
Preview: Arizona at Jacksonville (CBSSports.com)
Mired in a 13-game skid that dated to a 24-19 home win over Tennessee on Nov. 25, Jacksonville (1-8) took advantage of four Titans' turnovers to win 29-27 last Sunday in Nashville. In their highest-scoring game of the season, the Jaguars prevailed after losing their first eight games by an average margin of 22.3 points.
Wednesday, November 13
Paul Posluszny's status still uncertain (ESPN.com)
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny did not practice on Wednesday and won't practice on Thursday as he recovers from a concussion, leaving his status for Sunday's game against Arizona in doubt.
Jaguars still have inside track for No. 1 pick (Jacksonville.com)
When you're in the Jacksonville Jaguars' situation, tied for NFL bottom-feeder status with the 1-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it's never too early to cast an eye toward the 2014 draft.
Posluszny named AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Jaguars.com)
Posluszny, a seven-year veteran, registered eight tackles Sunday and also forced and recovered a fumble, leading a defense that forced a season-high four turnovers.
Wednesday primer: Cardinals-Jaguars (Jaguars.com)
Can the Jaguars make it two? The Jaguars believed throughout the first half of the season they were improving. It just wasn't showing up on the field. They beat Tennessee Sunday in Nashville to snap a 13-game regular-season losing streak, in the process giving Head Coach Gus Bradley his first NFL head coaching victory. Bradley after the game emphasized the Jaguars' long-term goal of improvement more than the victory itself, but the question Wednesday will be, "Can the Jaguars turn one victory into two in succession?" They haven't done that since 2010.
Right attitude helped Jaguars get first victory, LB Geno Hayes says (Florida Times-Union)
Geno Hayes knows how a team can spiral out of control after a loss in London.
Jacksonville City Council approves $43 million in upgrades at EverBank Field (Jacksonville Business Journal)
The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday night approved spending an estimated $43 million on upgrades at EverBank Field, which includes the largest scoreboards in the world.
LaRoy Reynolds suspended 4 games (ESPN.com)
Jaguars reserve linebacker LaRoy Reynolds has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Reynolds is making $405,000 this season, which means the suspension will cost him $95,294.12. He cannot be at the team facility or have any contact with the team.
Todman responds to challenge (ESPN.com)
As late as Friday, Bradley said it was possible that both players would return kickoffs against Tennessee on Sunday. Burton didn't return a kick, but Ace Sanders did, but it doesn't matter because Todman solidified his hold on the job with his best performance of the season.
Todman averaged 33.0 yards on three kickoff returns, including a season-long 46 yarder.
Tuesday, November 12
Jaguars Notebook: LB Paul Posluszny might miss first game Sunday (Florida Times-Union)
Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny may be in danger of missing his first game Sunday since he signed a six-year $42 million free agent deal with the Jaguars in 2011.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley stresses humility after first victory (Florida Times-Union)
Relaying what the head man has often said, Brad Meester said the easy and fun thing to do in the aftermath of the Jaguars' first victory of the year, 29-27 over Tennessee on Sunday, would be to get the day off and visit a local steakhouse.
A costly victory for Jaguars? (ESPN.com)
The victory makes the Jaguars 1-8, leaving Tampa Bay as the league's only winless team heading into their "Monday Night Football" matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Even if the Bucs upset the Dolphins and improve to 1-8, they're still in the driver's seat when it comes to securing the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NFL draft.
Inside the Jaguars: Staying Strong (Jaguars.com)
The Jaguars on Sunday won a regular-season game for the first time in Bradley's tenure as head coach. Afterward, he emphasized how the team won far more than the victory itself.
Nearly 24 hours later, Bradley reiterated those thoughts.
Jaguars relish the moment of victory (FoxSports.com)
The Jaguars' win will not affect the AFC playoff picture. It will not result in their playing into January. If anything, it'll hurt their chances at having a better draft pick in May.
Monday, November 11
Jaguars finally get to celebrate (ESPN.com)
The noise coming from the Jacksonville Jaguars' locker room was muffled by the concrete block walls, but not by much.
Those standing outside couldn't make out what was being said, but every 10-15 seconds there were shouts and claps and whistles and stomps. And finally, after four or five rounds of cheers, there was one final, rousing roar.
Finally a fast start for the Jaguars (ESPN.com)
Sometimes it really is about how you start.
The Jacksonville Jaguars finally got a good one on Sunday and it played a critical role in the team's 29-27 victory against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field.
Gene Frenette: Jaguars' feel-good winning moment is worth savoring (Florida Times-Union)
After two-plus months of failure, ineptitude and being lampooned as trending toward NFL infamy, the Jaguars could be excused in the postgame locker room Sunday for acting like a 29-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans was the equivalent of winning a Super Bowl.
A big turnaround for Jaguars RB Jordan Todman (Florida Times-Union)
Jaguars running back Jordan Todman had endured a rough couple of weeks before Sunday.
He struggled with fielding kickoffs in the Jaguars' previous game, a 42-10 loss to San Francisco at London's Wembley Stadium. The 23-year-old Todman had also been passed over on the running back depth chart in favor of rookie Denard Robinson.
Energized defense delivers for Jaguars (Florida Times-Union)
Will Blackmon had written down his goals for the game. The Jaguars entered the day 0-8 in coach Gus Bradley's first season.
"The last goal says Get Coach Gus a game ball,' " Blackmon said.
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