For some teams, the injuries would have been debilitating by now. But the Jacksonville Jaguars keep coming up with fresh bodies.
Fred Taylor came off the bench to rush for 128 yards, and a depleted defensive front held its own Sunday as the Jaguars defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-10 in Jacksonville, Fla."It's very unfortunate, this injury thing," said coach Tom Coughlin. "I don't have an answer for it, but the fact that other people are ready to step up and do an outstanding job is a real plus."
Taylor substituted for James Stewart, who came in as the AFC's second-leading rusher but left early with an injured left knee. He was to be examined Monday to determine the extent of the injury.
The first time Taylor, a first-round draft pick from Florida, touched the ball, he broke a 52-yard touchdown run. He finished with the Jaguars' single-game rushing record and also had nine catches for 85 yards.
"Fred has shown he certainly has the talent," said quarterback Mark Brunell. "To play the way he did today says a lot. I was impressed."
Brunell broke out with a 376-yard, two-touchdown performance as the Jaguars (3-0) piled up 519 yards in offense after grinding out wins in the first two games.
Brunell hit Jimmy Smith for a 72-yard score for a 17-10 lead early in the third quarter. Baltimore safety Corey Harris missed on his dive to break up the pass, allowing Smith to go untouched down the sideline for the score.
The play was typical of the whole game for the Ravens (1-2), whose gambling style backfired often.
"From watching film, we knew they were susceptible to big plays," said Jaguars offensive lineman Tony Boselli. "We hit them where they were vulnerable."
Jacksonville's defensive front, which played without four contributors who were on the preseason roster, came up with its best performance of the year.
Anchored by grinders like Joel Smeenge and John Jurkovic, the Jaguars allowed just 81 yards rushing, 12 first downs and 313 total yards.
VIKINGS 29, LIONS 6: At Minneapolis, the Vikings shut down Barry Sanders in the second half and rattled rookie quarterback Charlie Batch into three turnovers. Sanders gained only 12 yards on 13 carries in the second half, and finished with 69 yards on 22 carries. Gary Anderson kicked five field goals for the Vikings (3-0).
PACKERS 13, BENGALS 6: At Cincinnati, Green Bay (3-0) contained Neil O'Donnell and Corey Dillon and won despite gaining only 86 yards on the ground. O'Donnell, who came into the game with a league-best 72 percent completion rate, completed only 16 of 30 passes for 151 yards and was sacked three times. Dillon was held to 28 yards on 16 carries for the Bengals (1-2).
JETS 44, COLTS 6: At East Rutherford, N.J., Vinny Testaverde threw four TD passes, Leon Johnson scored three times and Curtis Martin rushed for 144 yards to give the Jets their first victory of the season. Johnson scored on an 82-yard pass play, a 16-yard run and a 1-yard dive as the Jets (1-2) rushed for 302 yards, second most in team history.
CHIEFS 23, CHARGERS 7: At Kansas City, Pete Stoyanovich kicked three field goals, Andre Rison caught a 44-yard TD pass from Rich Gannon and Tony Richardson scored on a 1-yard run as the Chiefs (2-1) rolled to a 23-0 lead. Natrone Means gained a career-best 160 yards for San Diego, including a 72-yard TD run in the third quarter.
PATRIOTS 27, OILERS 16: At Foxboro, Mass., the Patriots took control by scoring two touchdowns during an 18-second span late in the game. Terry Glenn scored on a 51-yard pass play from Drew Bledsoe with 4:25 left and Lawyer Milloy returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown three plays later for the Patriots (2-1). Eddie George gained 100 yards on 23 carries for the Oilers (1-2).
RAMS 34, BILLS 33: Tony Banks, stopped less than a yard short of the end zone on the final play against Minnesota last week, scored the winning touchdown on a 2-yard run with 11 seconds left at Orchard Park, N.Y. Trailing 33-28, St. Louis (1-2) began the winning drive on its 20 with 3:57 left. After they moved down the field with a 34-yard completion to Ricky Proehl and a 14-yard shovel pass to Amp Lee, Banks went in untouched in for the winning score. Buffalo (0-3) led 28-10 in the third quarter before St. Louis rallied.
BUCS 27, BEARS 15: At Tampa, the Buccaneers opened Raymond James Stadium with a victory, scoring on four straight possessions after halftime to erase a 15-point deficit. Trent Dilfer threw TD passes of 13 yards to Reidel Anthony and 44 yards to Dave Moore, and Warrick Dunn scored on a 43-yard run to give the Bucs (1-2) their first lead of the season.
BRONCOS 34, RAIDERS 17: At Oakland, Ray Crockett and Bill Romanowski combined for three interceptions that led to scores as Denver (3-0) remained unbeaten. The Raiders (1-2) were hurt by penalties and critical mistakes by Jeff George, who was intercepted twice by Crockett and once by Romanowski after John Elway aggravated a hamstring injury and left the game in the second quarter.
CARDINALS 17, EAGLES 3: At Tempe, Ariz., Adrian Murrell rushed for 145 yards and an insurance touchdown as Phoenix scored all of its points in the fourth quarter to avoid an 0-3 start and keep Philadelphia winless.
Dallas (1-1) at N.Y. Giants (1-1), 6:20 p.m. MST (Ch. 4): The Cowboys, with Jason Garrett at quarterback in place of the injured Troy Aikman, face one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.