Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson had a game to remember on Thursday night, and the result was a 13-9 victory for the Texans against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In seven previous NFL seasons, Jackson had forced three fumbles and had never registered a sack. On Thursday night, the former Alabama standout did both and led the Texans with seven tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage.
“I thought K-Jack played one of the best games he’s had since I’ve been here,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien said during his Friday press conference. “He did a lot of different things — he blitzed off the edge, got a sack, caused a fumble, had several tackles. Just a very smart player, and he’s a very valuable player to our team because he can do so many different things, and he played really well.”
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This season has started differently for Jackson. Entering this year, he’d played in 100 NFL regular-season games and started 93 of them. But Houston has used Johnathan Joseph and Kevin Johnson as its starting cornerbacks this season, and Jackson has worked in a variety of roles in the secondary after getting reps at safety in training camp and the preseason.
The diversity helped Jackson take down quarterback Andy Dalton on Cincinnati’s first possession for his first NFL sack.
“It was exciting,” Jackson said in the locker room after the game. “Like you said, it took eight years. Coach (Mike) Vrabel put us in a great situation. Luckily, I was free, and I was able to make the play.”
Later in the quarter, Jackson brought down John Ross on an end-around. His…
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