Defending Champs Make it 20 in a Row Maruice Jones-Drew rushed for 150 yards and 1 touchdown. November 26, 2010 By Harry Stone: Jacksonville Post Intelligencer JACKSONVILLE, FL- This offseason was a tumultous one. The defending OMFL Bowl Champions made some head scratching moves on both sides of the football thaw saw key contributors to their undefeated season depart. This included All-Pros Reggie Nelson and Daryl Smith on defense and rising star Mike Sims-Walker on offense. What Jacksonville showed in a season opening 37-0 shutout of the Texans was that perhaps the right moves were made to make this team even more formidable than it was last year. Last year's Jaguars defense was the leagues best in many categories inluding points per game against (15.6), but they never recorded a shut out. The New Green Machine defense made it happen in Week 1 in what Coach Dunlap called a 'statement game' for his team. "We knew coming into this offseason we didnt' want to stand pat," mused Dunlap. "We wanted to get better at certain positions and I think we've accomplished that. Last year was one that none of us will ever forget and something (19-0) that probably won't be accomplished again. But teams in our division and conference just improved too much for us to stand pat. We made some moves that (the media) thought were outrageous but I think you'll see they'll pay off for us." The game started out in typical Jaguars fashion, with a steady dose of Maruice Jones-Drew who carried his team deep into Texans territory before Jacksonville would settle for a field goal. A three and out by the Texans would give Jacksonville the ball back and they would capitalize this time, with Jones-Drew getting his first touchdown of the season on a five yard run. Now it was the Jaguar defense who would take over with not one but two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, one by Larry English and the other by rookie free safety J.D. Nealy. Those two scores sandwiched around a Josh Scobee field goal would make it a concinving 27-0 halftime lead for Jacksonville. The thid quarter would see newcomer Matt Stafford get into the action but finding rookie wide receiver Derek Kimble for a long touchdown pass down the left side to make it 34-0. After another Josh Scobee field goal the Jaguars would have a comfortable 37-0 lead in the third quarter and would run the ball with Rashad Jennings and rookie Aaron Bloom to cruise to their first victory of the year. Jacksonville as a team ran 41 times for 238 yards as they controlled the tempo throughout the game. Reigning AFC MVP Jones-Drew ran 20 times for 150 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Matt Stafford proved a steady hand in the passing game, gonig 7/14 for 115 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. The Jaguars (1-0) will have a tough test next week as they travel to Carolina to face the reigning NFC South Champions. ------------------------------------------------ GG again Duvaul. . .looking forward to our rivalry growing here in the AFC South. I hope you provide a long term, steady hand behind the Texans here in the South.