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Telvin Smith, Geno Hayes, and Chris Clemons rank among best of Week 12

According to Pro Football Focus, despite another anemic display by the Jaguars offense, linebackers Telvin Smith and Geno Hayes, and defensive end Chris Clemons were some of the top performers in Week 12.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a long way to go in terms of putting it together on offense, but the defense is getting better every week.

According to Pro Football Focus, rookie linebacker Telvin Smith had the fourth-best performance of any outside linebacker in Week 12. His 2.4 overall score was better than Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall and Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy -- both of which are having very, very good years. Smith's 76 snaps were also the second-most of Week 12, behind only Levy.

Linebacker Geno Hayes, who's shown a little inconsistency this year, also had a strong showing. His 1.5 overall rating (coming from a balanced ability to stop the run and the pass against the Colts) put him ahead of Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.

Chris Clemons, who added three sacks to his team-high 7.0 on the year, finished with a 2.8 overall grade and the third-best performance among defensive ends. His three sacks was also tied for best in Week 12 with Arizona Cardinals linebacker Calais Campbell.

And lastly, the Jaguars were the only team to have three interior defensive linemen in the top-15 for Week 12. Ziggy Hood (2.8 overall), Sen'Derrick Marks (1.7 overall), and Ryan Davis (1.0 overall) all finished better than anyone else in the AFC South other than Tennessee Titans lineman Al Woods.