Jaguars score first TD of season, but fall to Raiders
Jaguars score their first touchdown of the season but ultimately come up short against Oakland.
By ASSOCIATED PRESSFS Florida
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Coming to Oakland was supposed to be the easy part of Jacksonville's two-week West Coast swing.
Jaguars nearly went another game without a touchdown, lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a sprained ankle and made a litany of mistakes to open the season with consecutive losses for the fourth time in six years.
Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards and Oakland's defense held the Jaguars out of the end zone until the closing minutes, as the
Raiders won their home opener 19-9 on Sunday.
"Right now we're making too many mistakes," coach Gus Bradley said. "We have to hold everybody accountable, players, coaches, because it's about execution and mindset. We'll challenge our guys in that area and we'll get those things taken care of."
Instead of going home after the game, the Jaguars (0-2) are settling in for a long stay on the West Coast that will end with next week's visit to Seattle.
They will practice this week at San Jose State instead of making an extra round-trip flight across the country.
The Jaguars entered the game without quarterback Blaine Gabbert (right hand), receiver Justin Blackmon (suspension) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf), and then lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew in the first half to an ankle injury.
"We can't make excuses regardless of who's out there," tackle Eugene Monroe said. "We just need to execute and not make mistakes, not get panicked and turn this thing around."
A week after allowing six sacks, dropping five passes and punting a franchise-record 11 times in a 28-2 loss to Kansas City, the Jaguars offense was nearly as bad under Chad Henne.
Jacksonville crossed midfield for the first time in the opening quarter in this game, as opposed to the fourth last week.
And the Jaguars got their first touchdown of the season on Henne's 13-yard pass to Clay Harbor after a fumble by McFadden late in the fourth quarter.
"We've got some big-time players on the sidelines," Harbor said. "When you lose a couple of your leaders and big-play guys, it hurts your offense. But that being said the next guy's got to step up."
The Raiders had enough players do just that.
Terrelle Pryor ran for 50 yards and threw for 126 more in a turnover-free performance, Marcel Reece scored on an 11-yard run on the opening drive and Sebastian Janikowski added four field goals to help Oakland bounce back from last week's late loss in Indianapolis.
"I think today for the most part we did our job as a team collectively," safety Charles Woodson said. "We beat a team I felt like we were supposed to beat and that's a step in the right direction."
The Jaguars got in their own way most of the game. They went more than 36 minutes without a first down and didn't generate any offense until the game was out of hand.
One of the most egregious mistakes came when D.J. Williams lined up in the neutral zone on a punt, prolonging a third-quarter drive that ended in a field goal by Janikowski that made it 13-3.
Jason Babin also prolonged two scoring drives with penalties to help Pryor get his first win as an NFL starter in his third start.
Pryor, who beat out Matt Flynn for the starting job in training camp, was much less spectacular than he was a week ago in Indianapolis, when he recorded the eighth 200-yard passing, 100-yard rushing game since the 1970 merger.
But he also avoided many of the mistakes that plagued him a week ago, when his two interceptions contributed to a 21-17 loss. The threat of his running also opened up big lanes for McFadden.
"Knowing that you have to defend him going around the edge, a couple plays they left the middle wide open and I was able to get up in there and get some big runs out of it," McFadden said.
The Raiders started fast, forcing a three-and-out on Jacksonville's first possession and converting a short field after Phillip Adams' 30-yard punt return.
They scored their first opening-drive touchdown since the final game of the 2011 season. Aided by a personal foul on Babin, Oakland took a 7-0 lead on Reece's 11-yard run.
There wasn't much offense the rest of the game. Pryor did not complete a pass past the line of scrimmage in the first 27 minutes, and Henne struggled to move the Jaguars down the field until late.
NOTES: Raiders S Tyvon Branch left in the first quarter with a "significant" ankle injury. ... The Jaguars had 34 yards rushing for their lowest total since gaining 33 in the season opener against Tennessee in 2008.