The Jacksonville Jaguars visited the inhospitable confines of Lambeau Field. The left without a win. But it wasn't the beat-down that was predicted. Both the Green Bay Packers and the Jaguars learned a little something.
The five most valuable lessons:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars are a better away team
The Jaguars' play better away than they do at home. They have not lost away by more than nine points. While at home they have been continuously blown out.
Entering this game the Packers were a 16-point favorite. The Jaguars lost by nine. Their largest margin of defeat away from home.
For the future the Jaguars should see if they can schedule predominately away games.
2. He has the moves like Jagger
Donald Driver who has been an after-thought until Sunday's game still has it. We knew he could move from his Dancing With The Stars debut. But it seemed whenever talk of the Packers' superior offensive weapons were listed he was forgotten.
With the wide receivers falling like a prom dress, Driver was suddenly valuable. And he didn't disappoint. Early in the fourth quarter Aaron Rodgers connected with Driver for a four yard touchdown.
When all else fails, go with what you know. The man with the moves like Jagger.
3. Drafting skills are under appreciated
I can hear the muttering now, "Everyone thinks they can draft because of fantasy football." This may or may not be the case.
But right now the Jaguars acquisitions in this year's draft are making my fantasy draft look genius. The Jaguars moved up two spots to draft Justin Blackmon fifth overall. Making him the first wide receiver off the board.
Then, in the third round they drafted punter Bryan Anger. While Anger leads NFL punters with 51.3 yard average, what good has it done for the Jaguars? They still dwell last in the league in offense. And it was a third round pick on a punter. While their offense remains last.
Meanwhile the first wide receiver off the board has 14 receptions. These receptions have accumulated into 126 yards and no touchdowns.
To be fair no first year receiver is burning up the field. But no one else moved up two spots to improve an offense. An offense that still languishes last.
4. The Packers' defense is still vulnerable
The Packers' defense had a chance to pad their statistics. They were playing the worst team in the NFL in the confines of Lambeau Field. And the Jaguars were without their number one offensive threat Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Jaguars' were averaging 235.8 yards per game.
Blaine Gabbert threw for 303 yards against the Packers defense. The Jaguars' put up 341 yards of total offense. It was 100 yards above their average.
It should have been more had not his receivers developed a terrible case of the drops. While Gabbert developed an equally harassing case of the over and under throws.
5. The Jaguars have a defense
Coming into Sunday's game Aaron Rodgers' had completed 71.4 percent of his passes. Over the last four games he had 16 touchdowns with two interceptions.
While the Packers were without Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson the point spread was 16 points.
Against the Jaguars' defense the Packers had 238 yards of total offense. They were 5-of-13 on third downs. And the Jaguars even managed to sack Rodgers twice having him lose the ball on the second sack.
Lessons taught are lessons learned. If it continues this way the Jaguars may turn out to be the most learned team in the league.