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Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith made big plays on a big stage |
Jaguars players get defensive when they talk about Daryl Smith. They don't understand why everyone doesn't see what they see and what they see in Smith is one of the best linebackers in the NFL. Smith played a great game Monday. He led the team with six tackles (although I suspect that will increase once the coaches watch the tape), had one sack, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

After prime-time upset, now comes the hard part for Jaguars |
Before the Jaguars played the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 16, coach Jack Del Rio said he had more fond memories of the 9-0 Monday night victory over the Steelers in 2006 than he did of the playoff victory in Pittsburgh in 2007. "Our stadium was just rocking that night," Del Rio said of the 9-0 victory on Sept. 18, 2006. "The team played well, and we shut them out and it was a heck of a moment."

Del Rio told players if they want respect, they had to win | ProFootballTalk
Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny joined PFT Live on Tuesday, a day after the Jags shocked the Ravens on Monday Night Football. Posluszny explained that, before the game, coach Jack Del Rio told the players that, if they want to be respected, they need to win the game. Win it they did, and respect they have indeed earned.

Jaguars vs. Ravens Game Recap - Losing streak: "Nevermore" | Jaguars Blog
Prior to the game, Adam Stites of Big Cat Country asked how many points people thought the Jaguars would need to score to have a chance to win on Monday Night Football. I didn’t answer on Twitter, but I felt the Jaguars would need at least 14 points. Turns out I was 6 off…but in a good way. I don’t think many people except the Jaguars themselves expected to dominate the Ravens’ offense like they did in their 12-7 victory last night. Was the Jaguars’ defense that good, or was the Ravens’ defense just that bad? Maybe a little bit of both?

What we learned
Here’s what we learned in the Jaguars’ 12-7 victory over the Baltimore Ravens Monday. Some of it’s good. Some of it’s bad. But here it is . . . 1)The defense is good. Last week we talked about the defense having heart. That was nice after a disappointing loss in Pittsburgh. This week, the Jaguars’ defense showed it really deserves to be mentioned among the league’s good defenses. No first downs in the first half? On nine possessions? That’s something you may not see again for a long, long time.