It wasn’t the cleanest way to get their first win, but the Jacksonville Jaguars now have that o-16 monkey off their backs.
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It took a lot of smoke and mirrors against a Browns team that had only recently overcome a 24-point deficit on the road, but the Jaguars finally got their first win of the season in a 24-6 win over Cleveland. Rookie QB Blake Bortles didn’t play the best game of his young career but he frankly didn’t need to – the Jaguars recorded 185 yards rushing for an impressive 5.3 yards per carry on the legs of RBs Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson.
The Jaguars also broke the 20-point plane for the first time since late-last season. The team got that much needed first win, which now begs the question: Will the Oakland Raiders manage to get any wins this season?
Here are the five biggest winners from Week 7 of the NFL:
St. Louis Rams – The Rams made some of the gutsiest and trickiest calls in the special teams playbook – and had a little bit of luck – in a win over the Seahawks. Believe it or not, the Rams are currently only one game behind the Seahawks in the division.
Dallas Cowboys – DeMarco Murray is the best RB in the NFL this year, there’s no question, but Dez Bryant may be the heir apparent to Calvin Johnson. His ability to dominate opponents is second to none in the league this year.
Arizona Cardinals – Winning this week while seeing both the 49ers and the Seahawks lose gives them a nearly 2-game lead in the NFC West division title hunt.
Jacksonville Jagaurs – There’s no win quite like the first win of the season, the only question now is: Was it their last?
Denver Broncos – Not only did Peyton Manning become the NFL’s all-time leading TD thrower, but the Broncos now have the lead in the AFC West after the Chargers lost to the Chiefs. Thursday’s game will be huge.