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Top of the Morning News, Oct. 11


 "Red-zone appearances and efficiency have been problems area for the Jaguars this season, highlighted Sunday by two trips inside Cincinnati's 5-yard line that didn't result in a touchdown." The Times-Union

 "As if figuring a way to end a four-game losing streak – and doing it against the Pittsburgh Steelers – wasn't challenge enough, Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio said Monday a major factor this week will be ignoring noise and criticism from outsiders." jaguars.com

"Turk said a stiff wind as bad as any he has played in and blowing into his face was a key factor in the fourth quarter Sunday, particularly on a 22-yard punt that set up the Bengals' 23-yard, game-winning touchdown drive."

Listen to what the Jaguars head coach had to say on Monday.

Around the NFL

"Now that it looks like the Tim Tebowtrain is possibly destined for a starting job, maybe we can proceed past the annoying debate over his NFL worthiness and get some real answers."  The Times-Union

Colts owner says Manning could play in 2011.

"It's been written before, there's no scene in sports quite like the parking lot before an Oakland Raiders game. It really is like the bar scene in Star Wars. You have people dressed up like pirates, like hoodlums, like bikers, like Darth Vader — everyone wears black, and there's a feeling of menace in the air. That parking lot, I always thought, was the personification of Al Davis."

Life after Al Davis in Oakland.  The New York Times

The Texans lost standout pass rusher Mario Williams for the season.  Houston Chronicle

Scouting the opponent

Roethlisberger plays through pain.

"Welcome back, LaMarr Woodley, and don't think you weren't missed." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Nicknamed "Pinball" because of how he bounces off defenders, the short but stout Jones-Drew is third in the AFC in rushing with 480 yards. It is imperative that the Jaguars run the ball to take pressure off rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert."  Pittsburgh Tribune Review

"Seldom did Roethlisberger stand in the pocket and survey the field as he searched for a receiver. Seldom did he try to buy time by scrambling. For the most part, he took a short drop back and unloaded the football."  Beaver County Times

"It was the kind of performance the Steelers needed after the running game was stuck in neutral for the first month of the season. The injury ravaged offensive line has struggled to open holes and starter Rashard Mendenhall has been unable to find the holes that let him top 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons."  Associated Press

Tweet, Tweet

The way it rains on the drop of a dime in Jacksonville amazes me...     @BIGN98 (defensive tackle Nate Collins)

Clete Blakeman is going to have more tv time then Stafford and Cutler combined!!! #Nebraska     -- @ZachPotter88 (tight end Zach Potter)

Hmmmm.... 4got key 2house. Sitting in car for the time being. If I hear the snooki song 1 more time today I will FLIP. #CMonSway #Shade45     -- @ZachMiller86 (tight end Zach Miller)

Stat of the day

The Jaguars rank eighth in the NFL in total defense (316.4), 10th against the run (101.0).  Offensively the Jaguars rank 32nd at 270.6 yards per game and 11th in rushing at 120.6 yards per game.

The last word

"The first one we wanted to make sure we came out with points. The second time if we had been on the one again we probably would have gone for that, but two, two-and-a-half where we were on the second one, you just take the points. That's a situation there if you start asking yourself, 'Do you need to do that?' You just had three plays to make a play to get in the end zone and score and you didn't do it, and so let's take the points and move on to the next drive."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on electing to kick field goals on two fourth down plays in the red zone last Sunday against Cincinnati

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