Jacksonville (7-3) at Arizona (3-7)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EST Sun Nov 27, 2005
  • TV: CBS
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Knowing it’s unlikely they can catch the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South, the Jacksonville Jaguars look to strengthen their playoff chances when they visit the Arizona Cardinals.

Jacksonville is three games behind undefeated Indianapolis with six to play. The teams meet for the second time this season on Dec. 11 at Jacksonville, but Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio realizes a division title may be out of reach.

“Indy is making it very difficult to catch them,” Del Rio acknowledged. “We’re going to do the best we can to win all we can. That’s the big picture and I don’t shy away from the big picture but I turn quickly to the task at hand.”

The Colts are the only team with a winning record remaining on Jacksonville’s schedule. The other five opponents have a combined 12-38 record, leaving the Jaguars in good position to earn a playoff berth in the AFC.

Jacksonville has won three straight games, with the last two victories coming on the strength of its offense. The Jaguars topped 30 points for the second consecutive game in a 31-28 victory Sunday at Tennessee.

Byron Leftwich threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns, all to different receivers, as the offense has proven to be more than veteran running back Fred Taylor and wide receiver Jimmy Smith.

“We’re a lot more versatile,” Taylor said. “Young guys are starting to emerge and make some big plays. They’re starting to believe in their abilities in this league.”

The versatility has come from running back Greg Jones and rookie wide receiver Matt Jones. Greg Jones has rushed for 307 yards this season, but 183 of them came in two starts replacing the injured Taylor. Matt Jones, a converted receiver from collegiate quarterback, has caught 17 passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns over the last five games.

“I don’t think you can look at our offense and not see the physical presence of Greg Jones and the playmaking ability of Matt Jones.” Del Rio said. “They’ve all stepped up and played big in the last month, and we’re going to need them to play big in the next month and a half.”

The Cardinals also have been progressing offensively in recent weeks, and they snapped a three-game losing streak with a 38-28 win at St. Louis last Sunday.

Kurt Warner threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns against his former team, and the oft-maligned rushing game contributed 94 yards and a rushing score for the Cardinals, who average a league-worst 70.1 yards on the ground.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys, and we’ve been bringing them up very rapidly, and I like them all,” coach Dennis Green said Monday. “I think that when things don’t go according to plan, you just have to fight your way through it.”

Second-year receiver Larry Fitzgerald is 42 yards away from 1,000 and has three consecutive 100-yard games. Fitzgerald, who has 26 receptions for 347 yards and two touchdowns in that span, teamed with Anquan Boldin to total 17 receptions for 209 yards and two scores against the Rams.

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Scoreboard

Week 4
  Sunday, Oct 2  
  Buffalo
New Orleans 7
19 Final
     
  Detroit
Tampa Bay 13
17 Final
     
  Indianapolis
Tennessee 31
10 Final
     
  San Diego
New England 41
17 Final
     
  Denver
Jacksonville 20
7 Final
     
  Houston
Cincinnati 10
16 Final
     
  Seattle
Washington 17
20 Final
OT
     
  St. Louis
NY Giants 24
44 Final
     
  NY Jets
Baltimore 3
13 Final
     
  Philadelphia
Kansas City 37
31 Final
     
  Dallas
Oakland 13
19 Final
     
  Minnesota
Atlanta 10
30 Final
     
  San Francisco
Arizona 14
31 Final
      Monday, Oct 3  
  Green Bay
Carolina 29
32 Final