The gridiron oracle called the Cold, Hard Football Facts once again bucked convention and the "pundits" and nailed a big-time NFL contest.
"Don't be surprised if Jacksonville knocks off the champs Monday night," noted the Cold, Hard Football Facts on Sunday
. "At the very least, it should be a good, old-fashioned bloodbath – and possibly one in which Del Rio and his boys stake a claim to a place among the AFC elite."
"The defending champs get all of the attention, but Jacksonville continues its quiet efficiency," we reported
. Our information came not from some internal locker-room source. It merely came from the all-knowing presence of the Cold, Hard Football Facts. "In a close, hard-fought game, the possible rust of Roethlisberger and a raucous home crowd make the difference."
Jacksonville has been percolating on the periphery of the NFL elite for about a year and a half. There's a long way to go in the 2006 season. But opening with a win over Dallas, a popular favorite to win the NFC East
, and then another against the defending champs certainly makes a statement about the solidity of the 2006 Jaguars.
There's no rest for the wicked promising, either. Jacksonville walks into 2-0 Indy Sunday in an early-season battle for supremacy in the AFC South.
But perhaps this is the most interesting: It was the lowest scoring game in the history of Monday Night Football, which began in 1970.