Jaguars Stop Ravens and Halt Skid

Stepping into the national spotlight for one night, the host Jaguars used their best defensive effort in five years to slow down Ray Rice and Joe Flacco.

Jacksonville (2-5) did not allow a first down to the Ravens (4-2) until the 5-minute-26-second mark of the third quarter, a mix of stout defense and inept offense. Scobee had two field goals from 54 yards and one from 51.

LOSE TWO STARTERS The Washington Redskins had their fortunes take another dive when running back Tim Hightower was declared out for the season with a torn knee ligament and receiver had hand surgery that is expected to sideline him for five to seven weeks.

That makes five starters lost to significant injuries over the last two weeks, coinciding with a two-game losing streak and a quarterback switch.

Hightower is the team’s leading rusher. Moss is the top wideout. Both were hurt in Sunday’s loss.

In other injury news:

¶ Quarterback Matthew Stafford is day to day after sustaining a right ankle injury in the final minutes of Detroit’s loss to Atlanta on Sunday.

¶ Denver‘s leading rusher, Willis McGahee, is expected to have surgery this week for a broken finger on his right hand and will not play against Detroit on Sunday.

¶ Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo said that quarterback Sam Bradford remained in a walking boot and that he was not sure of his availability for Sunday against the Saints.