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The 2011 NFL Record & Fact Book recently went on sale with the helmets of all 32 teams gracing the cover.  The 688-page book features information about all 32 teams, a review of the 2010 season, historical records and numbers, rules of the game and much more.   I would definitely recommend the purchase for any NFL fan.

I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the various places the Jaguars are mentioned throughout the book. 

Points, points and more points

Kicker Josh Scobee enters the 2011 season ranked 25th among active players with 662 points (144 field goals, 230 PATs).  Scobee is 103 points shy of passing Mike Hollis for the franchise record.  Detroit's Jason Hanson leads among active players with 1,890 points. 

Pro Bowl success

Players have represented the Jaguars well in the Pro Bowl.  Jimmy Smith is tied for second with Marvin Harrison for the most career touchdowns in the Pro Bowl with five.  Smith and Harrison both played in five games.  Montell Owens, who was the AFC special teamer in 2011, is one of 20 players in NFL history to score two or more touchdowns in a Pro Bowl game. 

Taking care of the ball

Of the top 25 active quarterbacks with 1,000 or more passing attempts entering the 2011 season, David Garrard ranks 12th among the group with an 85.8 passer rating.  Garrard, who has thrown 54 career interceptions, has the ninth-fewest picks among the top 25 quarterbacks. 

Garrard's 2.37 interception percentage (54 interceptions in 2,281 attempts) is the ninth-best in NFL history among quarterbacks with 1,500-plus attempts. 

Passing defense will be put to test

The Jaguars are scheduled to face eight of the top 11 active passers (passer rating, minimum 1,000 attempts) in the NFL in the 2011 regular season: Philip Rivers (2nd, 97.2), Peyton Manning (5th, 94.9), Ben Roethlisberger (6th, 92.5), Drew Brees (7th, 91.7), Matt Schaub (8th, 91.5), Joe Flacco (10th, 87.9), Carson Palmer (11th, 86.9) and Matt Ryan (12th, 86.9).  

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers leads all active quarterbacks (minimum 1,000 attempts) with a 98.4 passer rating in six seasons. The only three quarterbacks the Jaguars will not face in the regular season in the top 11 are Rodgers, Dallas' Tony Romo (3rd, 95.5) and New England's Tom Brady (4th, 95.2).

Jones-Drew moves up the charts

Maurice Jones-Drew is entering only his sixth NFL season but ranks 16th in the league for most touchdowns among active players with 63.  Jones-Drew is only eight touchdowns away from setting the franchise record which is currently held by Fred Taylor with 70. 

Only Minnesota's Adrian Peterson has played fewer seasons among the top 25 players and he is tied for 21st with 54 total touchdowns.  Jones-Drew's 54 rushing touchdowns are the seventh-most among active players.

Jones-Drew enters the season ranked 11th among active players in rushing yards with 5,248.  Taylor ranks second with 11,695, trailing only LaDainian Tomlinson of the New York Jets with 13,404.

In addition, Jones-Drew is third in the NFL with 23 touchdowns in the last two seasons, fourth with 37 touchdowns in the last three seasons and fourth with 47 touchdowns in the past four seasons. His 2,715 rushing yards are the second-most in the NFL from 2009-10. 

Kampman looks to rebound from injury

Defensive end Aaron Kampman is looking to return to form in 2011 after missing the final eight games of the 2010 season.  Kampman ranks 17th in the NFL among active players with 58 career sacks.  His 58 sacks have come in only 120 games and include a career-high 15.5 in 2006.

Did you know?

Five of the Jaguars' six draft picks in 2011 were the only players selected from their respective school in this year's draft.  First-round pick Blaine Gabbert was one of three Missouri players drafted in 2011. 

Find your rhythm in the preseason

Preseason is a time to build your teams and find your rhythm for the regular season.  Wins and losses are usually not an indicator of how your team will fare in the regular season.

Nine teams finished with a winning record in the 2010 preseason. Of the nine teams, only Baltimore and Pittsburgh went on to have a winning record in the regular season.  Chicago and Indianapolis were the only two winless teams in the preseason but both advanced to the postseason. 

On the job training

Austen Lane was forced into the starting lineup for the final eight games after the season-ending injury to Aaron Kampman.  Lane, who was born November 9, 1987, was the youngest defensive end in the NFL to start eight or more games in 2010. 

Trivia question

In which quarter did the Jaguars score their most points in during the 2010 season?

  • Where the Jaguars rank
  • Seventh in the AFC and 12th in the NFL with a .520 winning percentage (133-123) among NFL teams since 1970. 
  • Eighth in the NFL with a .617 winning percentage (79-49) at home at EverBank Field.  
  • Trail only Dallas (34-16-1) and Denver (32-18-1) for the top mark among NFL teams on Kickoff Weekend.  The Jaguars, who defeated the Broncos in 2010 to open the season, are 10-6 (.625 pct.) on the first week of the regular season in franchise history.
  • One of only two teams to score 60-plus points in a postseason game in NFL history.  The Jaguars beat Miami 62-7 in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 15, 2000.  The only other team to accomplish the feat was the Chicago Bears in a 73-0 rout of Washington on December 8, 1940.
  • Fred Taylor is still tied for third for the most touchdowns by a rookie as he had 17 in 1998.
  • Taylor owns the longest run in postseason history with his 90-yard touchdown run against Miami in the 1999 AFC Divisional Playoff Game.
  • Former Jaguars running back James Stewart is one of only 15 players with five or more touchdowns in a game.  Stewart had five rushing touchdowns on October 12, 1997 against Philadelphia.
  • Former Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith is tied for third with nine seasons of 1,000 or more receiving yards.
  • Former Jaguars punter Bryan Barker ranks second with 878 consecutive punts with none blocked and is tied for first with the most punts inside the 20 in a single game with eight against Baltimore on November 14, 1999.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew ranks third for the most combined yards by a rookie with 2,250. 

375 rushing yards remains among NFL's best

The Jaguars ground attack against the Indianapolis Colts on December 10, 2006 that produced a franchise-record 375 rushing yards still stands among the best in NFL history.  It is the second-highest total in the last 10 seasons in the NFL.  Minnesota produced 378 rushing yards against San Diego a year later on November 4. 

2012 opponents

Under the NFL scheduling formula, the Jaguars will play the AFC East (Miami, Buffalo, New England, New York Jets) and the NFC North (Chicago, Green Bay, Detroit, Minnesota) in 2012.  Home and away games have yet to be determined.

Trivia answer

The Jaguars scored 129 points in the second quarter of games in 2010, the most of any quarter.

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