Jacksonville returns to action on a short week as they travel to Kansas City to battle the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The game will be the first of back-to-back road games for the Jaguars before they observe their bye in week nine.
The Jaguars fell 30-3 to AFC South rival Tennessee on Monday Night Football thanks in part to four turnovers including two in the red zone.
“I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out the same thing,” said running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who was held to 57 yards on 17 carries by Tennessee.
“It was Monday night, a chance for us to go out and show what we were all about and we really didn’t do well. It can either go one of two ways. We can either feel sorry for ourselves, or come back and get ready to play a tough Kansas City team that is playing well right now and try to fight to get a victory.”
QB David Garrard suffered a concussion in the first half and did not return and Trent Edwards made his Jaguars debut after joining the club on Sept. 28.
Garrard threw for 49 yards with an interception before his injury. Edwards managed 140 yards on 14-of-24 passing and was picked off twice as the Jags turned the ball over four times. Wide receiver Mike Thomas finished with a career-high eight receptions for 88 yards.
“Not the night we were looking for [Monday],” said Del Rio. “Turned it over four times, lose our quarterback and I think we’re 0-for the first half converting third downs — which limits your ability to run the ball — and just not the kind of night we wanted to have.”
In week four, the Jaguars totaled a season-high 216 yards on the ground to improve to 1-1 on the road in 2010 with a 36-26 win at Buffalo. Garrard matched his career-high with three touchdown passes, two to tight end Marcedes Lewis, and defensive end Aaron Kampman recorded a team-high 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits.
The Jaguars lost their first road game of the season in week two at San Diego, 38-13. The Jaguars are looking to win back-to-back road games for the first time since 2008, which is also the last time the team won two of its first three games away from home.
The Jaguars and the Green Bay Packers finalized a trade with safety Anthony Smith going to the Packers in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick. In addition, the Jaguars signed third-year cornerback Chevis Jackson.
Jackson, 5-11, 194, has played in 31 games with four starts since entering the league as a third-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2008. He spent the 2010 preseason with the Falcons before he was waived during final cuts. He has totaled 64 career tackles along with one interception and seven passes defensed. As a rookie Jackson made his only career interception and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown against New Orleans on Nov. 9, 2008.
A native of Mobile, Ala., Jackson was a three-year starter at Louisiana State where he was regarded as one of the nation’s top cornerbacks. He finished his career with 142 tackles, eight interceptions, eight tackles for loss and 36 passes defensed. As a senior, he picked off a career-high five passes.
Smith was claimed off waivers by the Jaguars on Nov. 7, 2009 and played in 13 games for the club the last two seasons including three this season. He spent the 2009 preseason with the Packers.