Jaguars Unsung Heroes

Most of the postgame focus from the Jaguars 37-17 victory over the Houston Texans Sunday, went to the stars of the game including quarterback David Garrard, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, and linebacker Daryl Smith, and rightfully so. We are going to shed a little light on some of the players that made the Jaguars victory possible, that perhaps weren't crowded by reporters after the game.

1. Paul Spicer- Paul Spicer had a solid day on the stat sheet, registering five tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble, but even more so, Spicer was tough against the run, and forced Texans running back Ahman Green back into the teeth of the defense that bottled him up all day long. Daryl Smith wouldn't have been able to scoop up the Matt Schaub fumble if Spicer hadn't sacked the Houston quarterback and forced the fumble.

2. Jaguars entire offensive line- When a team runs for 244 yards, the offensive line is certainly doing something right. The Jaguars were the more physical team that dominated the line of scrimmage. The Texans pass rush was virtually non-existent, as they registered just one sack of David Garrard, and very few pressures. Tony Pashos and Khalif Barnes played their best games of the season.

3. Dennis Northcutt- Northcutt's numbers were a slightly noticeable four catches for 46 yards as he was lined up against Houston standout corner Dunta Robinson for much of the game, but Northcutt made some big catches to extend drives, basically what he's been doing the entire season.

4. Greg Jones- Greg Jones had just two carries for four yards, but he assisted in opening up holes for the Jaguars big runs by Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. Greg Jones also caught one pass for 27 yards.

5. Brian Williams- Williams numbers were good, as he had seven tackles and one interception, but aside from the numbers, Williams locked down Houston big play receiver Andre Davis for most of the game, as Davis had his worst performance of the season with just three catches for 30 yards. Brian Williams is having a great season thus far.

6. Sammy Knight- Sammy Knight has been much maligned this season for giving up some big plays, and that continued early on in the game. Knight made up for some of his gaffs by forcing a fumble near the goal line that kept the Texans from going up 10-0 early on. Knight's play helped turn the game around for the Jaguars.

7. John Henderson- Big John registered just three tackles, but he clogged up the middle and helped force the Texans to abandon the running game entirely. Even while being nicked up, Henderson is still a major force in the middle.



Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.


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