JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Following the worst offensive performance in franchise history, the Jacksonville Jaguars are back where the spent much of last season.
Last in the league in total yards.
The punchless Jaguars (0-2) were downright awful in a 27-7 loss to AFC South rival Houston on Sunday, punting nine times in 12 possessions and failing to convert a single third down.
Jacksonville finished with 117 total yards, breaking the previous mark (126) set against the Texans in 2004.
"I'm not going to let the one game dictate and really define us as who we are," coach Mike Mularkey said Monday. "I told them that no matter how you feel, there's a lot of good still going on just like we felt when we came into the season. I still feel that way. I think they do, too. I'm hoping that one game doesn't curb their mind like it does some of yours. I'm going to do my best to make sure it doesn't."
The Jaguars did get some positive news Monday.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert is expected to play Sunday at Indianapolis after leaving the game with a glute injury.
Tests Monday revealed no significant damage, although Mularkey said Gabbert probably will be limited in practice Wednesday.
Gabbert completed 7 of 19 passes for 53 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. He was sacked three times. He injured his glute in the first half, but played into the fourth quarter before giving way to Chad Henne.
"I think it's going to be something that's going to get better each day," Mularkey said. "He'll be stiff and he will loosen up each day."
Jacksonville might want to loosen up the offense, too.
Sure, the Jaguars were facing one of the league's best defenses. And while they played without two starting offensive linemen, they know 117 total yards isn't going to get it done.
Players and coaches believe they can turn things around with a win against the Colts.
"We're not the first NFL team to start 0-2," guard Uche Nwaneri said. "We've got to get back to work to refocus ourselves and put this behind us. But obviously we're not happy with this, but there's nothing we can do about that now."
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