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AP Story: Scobee Kicks Jaguars Past Packers 9-7


Josh Scobee 's chances of becoming Jacksonville's kicker soared with every kick.

The rookie took advantage of an opportunity to prove he can be the answer to the Jaguars' kicking woes, booting three field goals in a 9-7 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Scobee, a fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, missed three of four field goal attempts in his first two preseason games, but was perfect on tries of 23, 32 and 43 yards against the Packers.

"It feels good, man. The first two games were rough on me, but I just had to keep my head and be confident in myself and go out and do what I knew I could do," said Scobee, who kicked the game-winner with 9:18 left in the fourth quarter.

"I wouldn't say I changed anything drastically, I just concentrated more. Concentrated on exactly what I needed to do and it worked out."

Scobee also showed improvement on kickoffs after struggling in practice and in games.

"This isn't what I thought I could do, it's what I knew I could do," he said. "I just had to go out there and show it, and that's what I did."

Brett Favre played a half for Green Bay (1-2), throwing a 52-yard touchdown pass to Robert Ferguson in the second quarter. Backups Doug Pederson, Craig Nall and Scott McBrien shared the rest of the playing time, but did not come close to getting the Packers into the end zone.

Favre completed 9 of 14 passes for 127 yards and was intercepted twice before being replaced by Pederson at the start of the third quarter. Tim Couch, who missed practice earlier in the week with a sore arm, did not play.

Ferguson's touchdown was the first for Green Bay's offense during the preseason. The receiver missed the Packers' first two exhibitions with a hamstring injury caused by a hyperextended knee and finished with three receptions for 83 yards.

"He ran a great route," Favre said. "Just like usual, it was set up by the running game. Ahman (Green) made a great fake, and the offensive line put a great mask on it."

Byron Leftwich went 13-of-21 for 117 yards for Jacksonville (2-1), but the Jaguars' first-team offense has yet to produce a TD in three games. The second-year quarterback had a 38-yard completion to Jimmy Smith wiped out by a penalty, and breakdowns forced Leftwich to settle for field goals on two other drives.

The Packers got a scare late in the second quarter when Green remained on the ground after a 5-yard carry up the middle.

Trainers rushed onto the field and examined Green's left knee before the Pro Bowl running back, who rushed for 1,883 yards and 15 TDs last season, got up on his feet and walked to the sideline with what the Packers said was a bruised kneecap.

"When he took that hit on his knee, it moved his kneecap just a little bit," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "It scared him, as well as myself. He could have gone back into the game, but we held him out."

Donovin Darius intercepted Favre's pass intended for Donald Driver early in the second quarter and returned it 15 yards to set up Scobee's 23-yard field goal. Rashean Mathis had the other interception off Favre, picking off a ball that glanced off the hands of Bubba Franks.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio called Scobee's performance a confidence booster for the rookie, but said it did not win the kicking job.

"We've got to find consistency and dependability," Del Rio said. "Now we'll see how he responds to having a little success."

Incumbent kicker Seth Marler is out for the season with a quadriceps injury and another candidate for the job, Jeff Chandler, was released last week after missing two field goal tries against Tampa Bay.

The Jaguars signed former Buffalo, Tampa Bay and San Diego kicker Steve Christie, but the 36-year-old did not get into the game.

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