ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Jaguars showed signs of life at the beginning and end.
The middle was too much to overcome.
Gabbert, who completed 9 of 19 passes for 181 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, left in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. He did not return, and
The Jaguars slipped to 0-5 for the season.
They have lost all of those games by double-digits, and were heavy underdogs in St. Louis, but the game didn’t begin one-sided for St. Louis. Far from it.
Gabbert, making a second consecutive start since returning from a lacerated hand that kept him out Weeks 2 and 3, led a 93-yard first-quarter touchdown drive to give the Jaguars a 7-0 lead.
As notable as Gabbert’s 88 yards passing on the drive was that the key play came from
Returning from a four-game suspension to start the season, Blackmon caught a 25-yard pass from Gabbert between the second and third level of the defense. The team’s leading receiver as a rookie last season, Blackmon split the defense and scored on a 67-yard play to give the Jaguars a 7-0 lead with 10:31 remaining in the first quarter.
It was the Jaguars’ first touchdown in the first half this season.
It also was Blackmon’s first reception of the season, and gave the Jaguars early momentum that they carried into the second quarter.
The Jaguars outgained the Rams, 156-27, in the first quarter and had six first downs to one for the Rams. Even after rookie left tackle
The Rams then took control, compiling 10 first downs in the second quarter to one for the Jaguars. The Rams turned a three-point deficit into a 24-10 halftime lead with a 32-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein and touchdown passes by Sam Bradford of 16 yards to Lance Kendricks and four yards to Austin Pettis. Bradford’s first touchdown pass broke a 10-10 tie and came one play after cornerback Darian Stewart returned a fumble 19 yards to the 16.
The Rams outgained Jacksonville 161-42 in the second quarter.
The Jaguars cut the lead to 24-13 with a 34-yard field goal by Scobee near the end of the third quarter, but a 37-yard field goal by Zuerlein pushed the lead back to 14 early in the fourth quarter.
Henne threw a four-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver
Bradford completed 19 of 34 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns.
On Sunday, it came in the second quarter. Even with the injury to Joeckel, and even with Giordano’s long interception return, the game was tied 10-10 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first half – and neither team had significant momentum. But on 2nd-and-10 from the Jaguars 29, Gabbert threw to Harbor for a six-yard gain. Linebacker Alec Ogletree stripped Harbor of the ball just before Harbor was down and cornerback Darian Stewart recovered and returned it 19 yards. Bradford threw to tight end Lance Kendricks for a 16-yard touchdown on the ensuing play and the Jaguars never got closer than seven again.
1. Blackmon played well early and made an impact in his first action of the season, starting and catching five passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.
2. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks had a sack and a batted pass on the same Rams possession late in the third quarter. The Jaguars forced a Rams punt from the Rams 10 on the possession. Marks also had a pressure later in the first half.
3. Third-year safety
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*Joeckel, playing his first game at left tackle for the Jaguars, left the game with a right ankle injury late in the first quarter. The injury forced
Joeckel left the game with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter and did not return. Tight end
Six Jaguars players missed with injuries: tight end