JagNation Game Balls

The Jaguars 16-14 victory over the Titans wouldn't have been possible without a few key performances from individual players. Find out who earned a game ball from the season opener.

The Jaguars 16-14 victory over the Titans wouldn't have been possible without a few key performances from individual players. Find out who earned a game ball from opening weekend.

Game Ball #1 goes to....Luke McCown

The Jaguars starting quarterback completed 17 of 24 throws for 175 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. McCown wasn't asked to do much as the Jaguars game plan was mostly run-based, but he didn't make any big mistakes to lose the team the game. When called upon to make a big throw on a 3rd-and-long late, McCown fired a strike to Mike Thomas over the middle of the field which eventually helped to seal the victory.

"At the end of the day, it was about winning," McCown said. "All I wanted to do was have more points than the other team."

Game Ball #2 goes to....Maurice Jones-Drew

Carrying the weight of an entire offense on his back, Jones-Drew did his best "Superman" impersonation as he carried the ball 24 times for 97 yards and scored the team's only touchdown.

Game Ball #3 goes to....Mike Thomas

The diminutive Jaguars wideout caught a team-high eight passes for 55 yards including a 26-yard leaping catch over the middle which helped seal the game.

"To me that was just another play," Thomas said. "It was a big play but I want to make all the plays. If the ball comes my way I just want to catch it."

Game Ball #4 goes to....Drew Coleman

The Jaguars nickelback had an outstanding game as he finished with five tackles, one tackle for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. For years opposing slot receivers made a living off the Jaguars but that situation could be rectified with Coleman.

Game Ball #5 goes to....Matt Roth

Jaguars defensive end Matt Roth was filling in for the injured Aaron Kampman and contributed with one sack on the game's opening series and added another hurry and tackle for loss.

"I'm starting to feel more comfortable in the 4-3, but I did get to stand up (and play linebacker) a few times," Roth said. "It was nice to be out there and not have to think about where you're supposed to be."

Game Ball #6 goes to....Paul Posluszny

The Jaguars free agent acquisition made four tackles, defended one pass and helped hold Titans running back Chris Johnson to just 24 yards rushing on 9 carries.

Game Ball #7 goes to....special teams

The Jaguars special teams was stellar for much of the day as Josh Scobee connected on all three of his field goal attempts, and Matt Turk helped pin the Titans back on their final possession with a punt that was downed by Montell Owens at the 2-yard line. Every Scobee kickoff was a touchback and the Jaguars allowed just seven return yards in the game.



Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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