2.Jones-Drew gives it his all. This is a little different than No. 1. Remember during Jones-Drew’s holdout when people wondered if he would give it his all when he returned if he didn’t get paid? Well, he didn’t get paid and there’s no questioning his effort.
3.Cecil Shorts is clutch. He gave the Jaguars a late lead with an above-the-Xs-and-Os play in the opener; he did it again Sunday. At some point, it’s no fluke. And at some point, he may need to play more in the other 59 minutes.
4.The offensive line has some guts. You might add here that offensive line coach Andy Heck can coach a bit, too. You didn’t notice
5.The line can run block. Remember when we mentioned in the preseason that the offensive line can run block no matter the linemen and no matter the back? Proof positive on Sunday.
8.This team still believes. The players talked all last week about validating the work they did during the preseason. They did that, and a team that had quit wouldn’t have been fighting at the end.
11.The team still has a long way to go. Winning cures a lot, but the Jaguars still have work to do. A lot of work. Gabbert has to be more consistent in the first 59 minutes of games, and the passing offense as a whole must be more productive. The defense improved in the second half, but overall it’s not playing as well yet as it did last season.
12.Winning feels good. All the other stuff? Those first 11 points? They pale in comparison to this one. The Jaguars hadn’t won a game that mattered in a long time, and never had won a regular-season game under Mike Mularkey and with Shad Khan as the owner. The relief and the satisfaction were palpable afterward. The money these guys make is great, but if you think winning doesn’t matter you didn’t see these guys after the game Sunday.