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Jags shut down Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 29, 2006) -- The Philadelphia Eagles had a dropped pass, a penalty and a sack on their first three plays.

It only got worse for the NFL's top-ranked offense against a Jacksonville defense missing three starters.

Fred Taylor keyed a strong running attack, backup quarterback David Garrard was efficient and the Jaguars shut down Donovan McNabb in a 13-6 victory Sunday.

"As a team, it was embarrassing," McNabb said. "Offensively as a unit, we weren't able to do our job."

Jacksonville held the Eagles to 229 total yards -- 164 before the last drive. Philadelphia came in averaging a league-best 417 yards per game, but couldn't generate much, even with the return of dynamic receiver Donte' Stallworth.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars kept it simple on offense without injured quarterback Byron Leftwich and relied on Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew, who totaled 103 and 77 yards rushing respectively. Of the Jaguars' 285 total yards, 209 were gained on the ground.

Jacksonville improved to 4-3, while the Eagles fell to 4-4 with their third straight loss.

"We felt challenged by some comments made this week," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "I feel good about the character and toughness of this team. It's nice to go back to work after a nice victory like this."

A swirling wind made it difficult for both offenses, but Jacksonville's superior ground game was the difference. After the Eagles went three-and-out on the opening possession, the Jaguars drove 48 yards -- all on the ground.

Garrard scrambled for 13 yards on fourth-and-3 to keep the drive going and Taylor ran in up the middle from the 15 to make it 7-0. Somehow, that held up against a high-powered offense that had averaged 28.6 points in the first seven games. It helped that the Eagles had the ball just 23:09.

"Starting from the first play, I knew it was going to be a smash-mouth day," Taylor said.

Taylor had a 54-yard TD run negated by a holding penalty on tackle Maurice Williams in the second quarter. But it didn't cost Jacksonville, which went ahead 10-0 on Josh Scobee 's 40-yard field goal in the third quarter.

The Eagles finally scored on a 25-yard field goal by David Akers with 1:10 left in the third quarter. McNabb turned what could've been a big loss into a 12-yard gain on the first play of the drive, eluding two tacklers and juking linebacker Clint Ingram.

Another scramble by McNabb for 2 yards, plus a facemask penalty, put the ball at the Jacksonville 14, but the drive stalled. McNabb completed his first pass to a wideout when Reggie Brown made a 13-yard catch earlier in the drive.

Scobee's 27-yarder made it 13-3 with 9:28 remaining. Akers made a 28-yarder to cut it to 13-6 with 31 seconds remaining, but the Jaguars recovered the onside kick to seal the win.

"We just couldn't execute and move the chains like we're used to doing," McNabb said. "I'll try to make sure it won't happen again. It can't get any worse. With 4-4, it's just not us."

Garrard finished 10-of-17 for 87 yards. Del Rio wouldn't identify a starter for next week.

McNabb was 18-of-34 for 162 yards. Along with the rest of the Eagles, he was booed off the field. With a bye next week, Philadelphia will have extra time to think about this loss.

"I have high expectations for this team, but you're not going to win the way we played," coach Andy Reid said.

Jacksonville, which was 12-4 last season, was coming off an a surprising 27-7 loss to lowly Houston. The Eagles lost 23-21 at Tampa Bay last week on Matt Bryant's improbable 62-yard field game as time expired.

The Jaguars were without linebacker Mike Peterson (chest) and defensive end Reggie Hayward (Achilles' tendon). Both are out for the season, and three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcus Stroud (ankle) missed his third straight game.


The Eagles haven't won since beating Dallas 38-24 in Terrell Owens' homecoming game Oct. 8. ... Second-year pro Sean Considine has replaced former Pro Bowl strong safety Michael Lewis in the starting lineup almost on a full-time basis. Considine recovered a fumble at the end of the first quarter. ... Jags WR Reggie Williams dropped passes on consecutive plays. ... The Eagles have trailed at halftime the last five games.

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