Jaguars' Justin Blackmon Breaks out and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistNovember 19, 2012

Blackmon was physical and made big catches.
Blackmon was physical and made big catches.Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

While a win would have been nice for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Justin Blackmon's play is even more important.

Today's article of the day comes from Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union who writes that Blackmon's incremental improvement finally added up to something special.

Obviously 236 yards on seven catches with a touchdown is a career day for almost anyone, but considering that heading into the game Blackmon was the least efficient wideout in the game, it was truly special.

The Chad Henne-Blaine Gabbert controversy will be the topic de jour in Jacksonville, but ultimately it has little bearing on the future of the franchise.

Neither man is the quarterback of the future.

Blackmon is the future in Jacksonville, however, and he'll be a cornerstone for the new direction of the franchise.

Win or lose, Gabbert or Henne, the Jaguars saw what they needed to see against Houston.

Blackmon made big plays.


General Interest

Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts decries coaches as gutless on fourth down.

J.J. Cooper of the Football Outsiders looks at short and long sacks, and studies insane safety blitzes by the Colts.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective keeps working on his draft value chart.

Stuart wonders if teams are more risk adverse than ever.

Paul Kuharsky of wraps up the Jaguars and Texans.


Houston Texans

Bill Barnwell of Grantland lists J.J. Watt as an MVP contender.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle quotes Connor Barwin who says there was never panic from the Texans.

Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle wonders where the Texans' defense went.

Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle says this was something new for the Texans.

McClain says Matt Schaub had a near-record day.

Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle says Antonio Smith swatted passes.


Indianapolis Colts

Phil Wilson of the Indianapolis Star says the Colts ate humble pie.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star advises the Colts to move on and let it go.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star has a milestone-filled notebook.

Coby Fleener starts his own blog and writes about being injured.

Kuharsky says the Colts know they don't measure up.


Tennessee Titans

Tom Gower of Total Titans looks at Jake Locker's play against Miami.

Andrew Strickert of Total Titans looks at where the Titans stand.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says Sen'Derrick Marks pulls pranks.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country advocates for Henne to start.

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union agrees.

Stellino of the Florida Times Union asks who is going to start.