Jacksonville Jaguars' Question Marks Shine in First Preseason Win

Tim HigginsCorrespondent ISeptember 4, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 03:  Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a reception during the game against the Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Question marks turned into exclamation points in the Jacksonville Jaguars' last preseason game. 

The Jaguars, who had many young rookies playing in their first action, overpowered the Washington Redskins in a quality win to head into the regular season.

First the wide receivers: There were questions about the two wide receivers in Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas. Mike and Mike played stellar football.

Thomas muffed no punts (even when obliterated by a Washington defender), had two solid reverses, and even caught a couple of passes. Sims-Walker, started slow, but finished the night with a fantastic performance, with a diving catch (shown above) and the Jags' sole offensive touchdown, as he broke through three defenders. 

Troy Williamson was very strong as well, with four catches for 35 yards, while Torry Holt added a nice 31-yard grab as well.

The offensive line played much better tonight, as David Garrard was only sacked once. Garrard had a 122.7 passer rating going 10-of-13 for 95 yards. He also lead multiple continuous drives.

Derek Cox looked solid in his first performance, as he had some hard hits, and looked better than Brian Williams.

The defense looked a bit shaky at times, but forced a fumble and put occasional pressure on Redskins' quarterback Jason Campbell.

Rashad Jennings made what I thought to be the play of the night. Who could forget him running over four Redskins for a 20-yard gain on 2nd-and-30th. Jennings also ran well, and seems to have won the job over Chauncey Washington.

The rookies looked solid; however, Tiquan Underwood seems destined for the practice squad based on Thomas and Dillard's performance.

All-in-all, a good performance for the Jaguars going into Week One versus the Indianapolis Colts.

The Maurice Jones-Drew injury will not be a problem, as x-rays were negative, and I can almost personally guarantee that he will not miss the first game. 

Still Jennings looks like he could have a solid game against the Colts, if he keeps his hard running style out. Considering the Colts have two DT's and Bob Sanders out.

A week one win against the Colts would be a phenomenal boost to the Jags confidence and a season setter.

If the Jags beat the Colts, I predict they will go 10-6.

If they lose, 7-9.

I think it's that important.