Inept Jaguars helping defenses rise in rankings

By Mark Long

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Oct. 31 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jarett Dillard (87) sits on the bench during the closing minutes of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Houston. The Texans beat Jaguars 24-14.

David J. Phillip, Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Playing the Jacksonville Jaguars is the best thing that can happen to a defense.

With rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, no big-play receivers and a shuffled offensive line, the Jaguars have been helping opposing defenses rise in the rankings.

Jacksonville managed just 174 yards in a 24-14 loss at Houston on Sunday, contributing to the Texans' ascent from eighth to third in total defense. That's a big boost, but hardly anything new for the Jaguars.

In fact, it might even be progress.

Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore all jumped to No. 1 in total defense after playing Jacksonville.

It's more proof — not that any more was needed — that the Jaguars (2-6) have the most inept offense in the league. Coach Jack Del Rio has few answers, either.

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