Jacksonville Jaguars 14 Arizona Cardinals 7 End of First


Nov 17, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches a pass before the start of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars came out and fooled the Arizona Cardinals early.  On fourth and one, they hit a wide open Danny Noble for a 62 yard touchdown, giving the Jags their first touchdown at home this season.  It was another situation where the Cards failed to cover a tight end.  It has been one of the season’s story lines for the Cards so far.

The Cards offense then went down the field and scored on a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald.  Quarterback Carson Palmer went 6-7 for 82 yards on the opening drive.  His one incompletion probably should have been picked off.  Nevertheless, the Cards quickly tied the game.

That lead didn’t last long.  The Cards special teams allowed the Jags on the ensuing kickoff to put the ball in Cards territory.  Two dumb penalties later the Jags were right back in the lead at 14-7.  Early on it appeared the offense was awake and the defense and special teams were asleep.  It is usually the other way around.

Clearly the Jags came to play today.  The Cards could be in for a long afternoon.  Heading into the second quarter the Jags will have the ball as the Cards punted back to the Jags with 20 seconds left in the first quarter. They have the Jags starting the second quarter at their own 21, first and 10.