Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Jaguars Week 1 Report

In the season opener, Jacksonville played against the Denver Broncos at newly named Everbank Field. There was a lot of anticipation for this game. The return of Tim Tebow was highly publicized. Fans packed the stadium for the hottest game in Jaguars history and the game was delayed before the fourth quarter because of lightning. But in the end the Jags defeated the Broncos 24-17. Let's look at some of the great performances that stood out.

David Garrard
Garrard had a passer rating of 138.9, which is the third best in franchise history. Yes, he completed 16 of 21 passes, but he threw 3 touchdowns in the game. He was efficient and did not turn the ball over. If Garrard keeps playing like he did in week one, you can expect good things from the Jags offense.

Aaron Kampman
The recently acquired defensive end played with passion and energy. He was brought in for one reason, to put pressure on the quarterback and he did just that. Kampman had nine tackles, 6 quarterback hurries, and 1.5 sacks for the day. Aaron could be a fan favorite in Jacksonville soon.

Daryl Smith
Smith has become one of the most reliable linebackers on the team. He had a great day producing 11 tackles and shut door for a Denver comeback with a final-minute interception.

Kassim Osgood
Osgood was brought to Jacksonville from San Diego mainly for special teams and to get a opportunity to play wide receiver. Well he did his job on Sunday. He made plays on special teams throughout the game and ended up catching the game-winning touchdown.

The Fans
You cheered the hometown team in the heat and some stayed despite the lightning delay. You have injected energy into the franchise. You should be proud of yourself and team this week.

The whole Tebow issue was overrated. As Vic Ketchman, senior editior of jaguars.com, said the game wasn't about Tebow. It was about the Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville. By the way, Tebow only entered the game three times and got two rushing yards. Our first round choice, Tyson Alualu tackled him twice and played well throughout the entire game. Right now, it is looking like we made the right choice in the draft.

Next Week: San Diego Chargers
If the Jaguars don't fix their pass defense, it could get ugly with Philip Rivers having a big day. Mike Sims-Walker must get involved in the passing attack next week. The defensive line must continue to put pressure on the quarterback for this team to succeed.