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Wednesday's notebook

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Josh Scobee already established the franchise record for career points scored in week two against Houston and now has his sights set on another record.

Scobee looks for another record

Josh Scobee already established the franchise record for career points scored in week two against Houston and now has his sights set on another record.  Scobee needs one field goal to tie the all-time Jaguars record held by Mike Hollis (175), a record that has stood for 10 years.

Scobee enters the game with a streak of 13 consecutive field goals made.  He already owns streaks of 15 (twice) and 14 consecutive field goals made.  Mike Hollis holds the franchise record with 20 straight field goals made.

Jaguars play a second consecutive home game before observing bye week

The Jaguars host the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the club’s final game before they observe their bye in week six.  The Jaguars will not play again in EverBank Field until they host the Detroit Lions on Nov. 4.

The Jaguars and Bears are meeting for the sixth time and only the third time in Jacksonville.  The Bears lead the overall series, 3-2.  The teams last met in 2008 at Chicago with the Bears winning 23-10.

The Jaguars will observe their bye on Sunday, October 14. The Jaguars own an 11-6 mark in the game before their open date over 17 seasons, with wins in six of the past seven seasons.   Following the bye, the Jaguars will play two consecutive road games for the second straight year beginning with a trip to Oakland on October 21.

Tough competition to start the season

Three of the Jaguars’ first four opponents have a winning record and the four have a combined 11-4 mark.  The Jaguars faced one of the NFL’s three undefeated teams in Houston in week two while Minnesota and Cincinnati both sport a 3-1 record heading into this week’s play.  The other undefeated teams after four weeks are Atlanta and Arizona. 

Leader of the offense

Maurice Jones-Drew leads the NFL through four games by accounting for 42.8 percent of the Jaguars offense with 435 of the club’s 1,017 total yards.  Jones-Drew accounted for a franchise-record 47.7 percent of the Jaguars offense in 2011, the highest percentage in the NFL. 

        2012 NFL HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL OFFENSE

RK     PLAYER, TEAM                                                 PCT.               YARDS               

1.       Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville                42.8                435 of 1,017

2.       Marshawn Lynch, Seattle                                  42.0                473 of 1,126

3.       Danny Amendola, St. Louis                               31.3                359 of 1,148

3.       Adrian Peterson, Minnesota                               30.8                396 of 1,287

4.       Jamaal Charles, Kansas City                              30.5                512 of 1,678

Familiar faces

Jaguars long snapper Jeremy Cain entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie with Chicago in 2004 and played in eight games for the club over two seasons.  Bears punter Adam Podlesh played in 59 games for the Jaguars from 2007-10 after being selected in the fourth round of the 2007 draft.  Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins played in 13 games for the Jaguars over two seasons (2010-11) after he was signed to the active roster from the New York Giants practice squad.

What to Look For

  • Dwight Lowery had a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown in his only career game against Chicago on Dec. 26, 2010 as a member of the New York Jets.
  • Running back Maurice Jones-Drew needs 41 all-purpose yards to reach 12,000 for his career, joining Fred Taylor (13,632) and Jimmy Smith (12,875) as the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
  • If Jones-Drew rushes for 100 yards, it would mark the 15th different NFL team he has rushed for 100 yards against in his career.
  • A Jaguars linebacker has an interception in back-to-back games with Paul Posluszny (at Indianapolis) and Kyle Bosworth (vs. Cincinnati).
  • Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has 11 touchdown passes in the last nine games including five straight games dating back to 2011.
  • Tight end Marcedes Lewis enters the game with 19 receiving touchdowns and is one receiving touchdown shy of tying Stacey Mack for sixth place in career touchdowns in franchise history.  If Lewis scores a touchdown it would mark the third time in his career he recorded scores in back-to-back games.
  • Derek Cox has three interceptions in the last four games against NFC opponents (2, 10/31/10 at Dallas; 1, 12/26/10 vs. Washington).

Did you know?

Maurice Jones-Drew leads the Jaguars with 13 receptions through four games.  Rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon leads the club with 25 passes thrown his way which resulted in 10 receptions.

Quick strike

The Jaguars have scored six touchdowns in the first four games and three scores came on drives lasting two plays or less.

The Jaguars scored two touchdowns against the Colts in week three and both came on the first play of their possession. Maurice Jones-Drew went 59 yards for a touchdown on the club’s first possession of the second half. Trailing 17-16 with 56 seconds remaining in the game, Cecil Shorts took a short pass from Blaine Gabbert and raced 80 yards for a score on the first play.

In week two against Houston, Gabbert hooked up with WR Laurent Robinson on the club’s first play from scrimmage in the second half and Jones-Drew scored on the ensuing play on a five-yard pass from Gabbert.

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