What's gotten into Andre Branch?
A Jacksonville Jaguars website, Big Cat Country, asked the question last month after what appeared to be a turnaround for the second-year defensive end.
As it turns out, Branch was just getting started.
Since the Jaguars' open date on November 3, Branch has turned into opposing quarterbacks' worst nightmare.
Going into the Jaguars' season finale this week against Indianapolis, Branch has had a sack in three straight games and in five of his last six, plus numerous tackles for loss, quarterback hits and PBU knock-downs.
In Jacksonville's last seven games, Branch has totaled 23 tackles, while in the first eight games of the season he had just 14.
What's been the difference?
According to Big Cat Country's Alfie Crow, consistent effort has been a big part of the equation.
"First and foremost, he's playing with full effort," Crow wrote. "Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley noted this in some of his press conferences when asked what had changed. Not only is he playing with full effort, but he's also being put in a position to succeed by the coaching staff.
"They're not asking him to come off the edge and bend the corner much anymore. They're twisting him inside, looping him around the line and bringing him on stunts to give him better match ups."
In last week's game against Tennessee, Branch had four tackles and one sack.
In other games last week:
C.J. Spiller had 20 carries for 77 yards and caught three passes in Buffalo's 19-0 victory over Miami. Chris Clemons had seven tackles, including one tackle for loss, for the Dolphins.
Brandon Thompson had a tackle in Cincinnati's 42-14 win over Minnesota.
Kavell Conner had one tackle in the Indianapolis Colts' 23-7 win over Kansas City.
Jarvis Jenkins made one stop in Washington's 24-23 loss to Dallas.
DeAndre Hopkins had one catch for eight yards in Houston's 37-13 loss to Denver.
Byron Maxwell had two tackles and a PBU for Seattle in the Seahawks' 17-10 loss to Arizona.
Marcus Gilchrist made six tackles in San Diego's 26-13 victory over Oakland.