Good Feelings in Jax After Victory

When the Jaguars win their first game of the season, it's usually a good omen. They've made the playoffs six times and they've won their opener in five of those seasons.



Of course, the formula doesn't always work. The last time they won their opener before beating the Denver Broncos by a 24-17 margin Sunday was in 2006 and they missed the playoffs.

But they were brimming with confidence after beating the Broncos because they stressed getting off to a fast start the entire offseason.

They wanted to wipe out the memories of the four-game losing streak they ended the 2009 season on and they wanted to reward the fans who responded to a ticket selling campaign.

"I told our guys we need to start fast," coach Jack Del Rio said. "It's a huge game for us."

Rookie Tyson Alualu, who got his first career sack and showed he's going to combine with free agent Aaron Kampman to upgrade the pass rush that got a league low 14 sacks last year, said

"It was very important to show what this team is all about. We made a statement that this is a different team," said rookie Tyson Alualu, who got his first career sack and showed he's going to combine with free agent Aaron Kampman to upgrade the pass rush that got a league low 14 sacks last year.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis, who had two touchdown catches, said Sunday's win got the bitter taste of the four-game losing streak they had at the end of last season out of their mouths.

Another positive sign was that the Jaguars distributed 63,636 tickets and gave the fans quite a show.

"I believe the community stepped up around this football team and this football team has stepped up in this community in terms of not only being great out there in the community, but also in terms of they are all in," Del Rio said.

Owner Wayne Weaver said, "It was an important for us and the community to get off on the right foot. I couldn't be more proud of the fans. They went back in (during the lightning delay) and they came back out and they were loud."

Now they go on the road to San Diego Sunday to see if they can start off 2-0.


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