Jaguars play franchise-record third overtime game
The Jaguars set a franchise record on Sunday by playing in their third overtime game of the season. All three games were on the road (at Minnesota, at Oakland) and resulted in losses. The Texans outscored the Jaguars 23-10 in the fourth quarter/overtime to pull out the win.
The two teams combined for 80 points (Jaguars 37, Texans 43), 1,098 yards (Jaguars 458, Texans 640) and 56 first downs (Jaguars 17, Texans 39), the most in Jaguars history. The previous marks were 77 points (11/12/95 vs. Seattle), 970 yards (11/4/07 at New Orleans) and 52 first downs (11/24/96 at Baltimore, OT).
Monster day for Blackmon
2012 first-round pick Justin Blackmon registered a career-high 236 yards on seven receptions including an 81-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The 236 yards were the second-most in franchise history, trailing only 291 yards by Jimmy Smith on Sept. 10, 2000 at Baltimore. Blackmon's 81-yard touchdown catch was the second-longest in team history (84 yards, Troy Edwards, 9/28/03 at Houston).
Additional notes on Blackmon:
- Set franchise record with a 33.7-yard average per reception, surpassing previous high of 29.5 yards by Ernest Wilford (4 receptions, 118 yards, 12/24/05 at Houston). Had catches of 81 (TD), 63 and 39 yards and two receptions of 15 yards.
- Joined Pete Mitchell (1995) and Matt Jones (2005) as the only rookies in franchise history with an 100-yard receiving game.
- Entered the game with 26 receptions for 250 yards through nine games. His 486 yards through 10 games are the second-most by a rookie in team history, trailing only Pete Mitchell (527 yards, 1995).
- Leads the team with 33 receptions after 10 games, 15 catches shy of the club's rookie record for a season (48, Mike Thomas, 2009).
- Combined with Houston's Andre Johnson (273 yards on 14 receptions) to become only players in NFL history to eclipse 200-plus receiving yards in the same game.
Henne produces 354 passing yards and five touchdowns in reserve role
Fifth-year pro Chad Henne took over under center on the Jaguars second offensive possession after Blaine Gabbert left the game with an elbow injury. Henne finished 16 of 33 passing for 354 yards with four touchdowns for a 126.8 rating.
Henne's 354 yards marked his eighth career 300-passing game and first as a Jaguar. His four touchdown passes were a career-high and tied for the most in Jaguars history. He joined Mark Brunell (11/29/98 at Cincinnati), Quinn Gray (12/30/07 at Houston) and David Garrard (10/31/10 at Dallas) as the only Jaguars quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.
Additional notes on Henne:
- Hooked up with Justin Blackmon for a career-long 81-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, the second-longest touchdown pass in franchise history (Byron Leftwich to Troy Edwards, 9/28/03 at Houston).
- Had touchdown passes on back-to-back completions, hitting Marcedes Lewis for 13 yards late in the first quarter and Cecil Shorts for 67 yards in the second quarter.
- Had four completions of 30-plus yards including 81 yards (TD, Justin Blackmon), 67 yards (TD, Cecil Shorts), 63 yards (Blackmon) and 39 yards (Blackmon). His longest career pass entering the game was 67 yards on Oct. 25, 2009 vs. New Orleans.
- His 126.8 passer rating was second-highest of his career (130.4, 10/12/09 at New York Jets).
Parmele carries the load in backfield
Third-year pro Jalen Parmele entered Sunday's game having never rushed more than five times in 33 career games. Parmele, who earned his first career start, produced a career-high 80 yards on 24 carries including a 28-yard run in overtime to set up a game-tying field goal. He was signed by the Jaguars as a free agent on May 1, 2012 after three seasons (2008-10) with Baltimore.
Hitting the 'big play'**
The Jaguars recorded a season-high four plays of 30-plus yards including three for 60-plus yards and two touchdowns. Chad Henne hooked up with Justin Blackmon for an 81-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and Cecil Shorts took a Henne pass 67 yards for a score in the second quarter. Blackmon also had a 63-yard catch in the first quarter.
The four plays of 30-plus yards were the most since Dec. 17, 2006 at Tennessee (4 plays). The Jaguars have 13 plays of 30-plus yards through 10 games, surpassing their total of 10 in 2011 and one shy of their total in 2010 (14). In addition, the Jaguars' 12 completions of 30-plus yards in 2012 are the most since 2009 (13).
The Jaguars had three plays of 50-plus yards on Sunday, increasing their season total to six (5 passing, 1 rushing) through 10 games. The six plays are the most since the 2009 season (6). Cecil Shorts leads the team with three receptions of 50-plus yards while Justin Blackmon has two, both coming against the Texans on Sunday.
Another productive day for Shorts
Second-year wide receiver Cecil Shorts continues to produce on a consistent basis for the Jaguars, finishing with three receptions for 81 yards (27.0 avg.) including a 67-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Shorts leads the Jaguars with 642 receiving yards and five touchdowns through 10 games. He also leads the team with 11 receptions of 20-plus yards, four of 50-plus yards and has a reception of at least 25 yards in eight of 10 games.
Four of Shorts' five touchdown receptions are from 20-plus yards, the most by a Jaguar since Reggie Williams had five in 2007. His five touchdowns are the most by a Jaguars receiver since 2010 (7, Mike Sims-Walker).
Two-touchdown day for Lewis
Tight end Marcedes Lewis had a leaping 13-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7, and he followed with one-yard score in the third quarter. Lewis, who has 21 career touchdown receptions, moved into sixth place in franchise history for career touchdowns. He had a season-long 26-yard catch from Chad Henne in the second quarter, moving him into third place in team history with 23 career receptions of 25-plus yards.
Mosley registers first two sacks of the season
Eighth-year pro C.J. Mosley registered the club's only two sacks on Sunday, his first two of the season. Mosley recorded a sack/forced fumble in the first quarter against Matt Schaub who recovered the ball. He sacked Schaub again in the third quarter. Mosley has 11 career sacks and leads the Jaguars in 2012 with a career-high three fumble recoveries.
Posluszny records interception and forced fumble
Veteran linebacker Paul Posluszny was responsible for two takeaways on Sunday and both led to touchdowns. Posluszny forced a fumble of Arian Foster in the third quarter that was recovered by John Chick and led to a Marcedes Lewis touchdown. It marked Posluszny's sixth career forced fumble and second with the Jaguars. He recorded his second interception of the season and eighth of his career early in the fourth quarter. Two plays later, Chad Henne hooked up with Justin Blackmon for an 81-yard score.
Cox records team-high third interception
2009 third-round pick Derek Cox added to his interception total on Sunday, picking off Matt Schaub in overtime. Cox leads the team with three interceptions and increased his career total to 11. He has at least three interceptions in three of four seasons.
Perfect 3 of 3 day for Scobee
Josh Scobee connected on all three of his field goal attempts, hitting from 43, 40 and 33 yards. Scobee has been successful on 17 of his first 18 field goal attempts through 10 games. It marked his 16th career game with at least two 40-plus yard field goals including three games in 2012.
Season-highs for Jaguars offense**
The Jaguars produced a season-high 458 total yards, 37 points and four touchdowns. The 458 total yards were the most since Nov. 14, 2010 against Houston (491 yards). The 37 points marked the most points by the Jaguars since their 41-14 win over Tampa Bay on Dec. 11, 2011. The Jaguars have eclipsed 20 points in four games with all four coming on the road. The club had only 20 or more points in two games in 2011.
The Jaguars continued to be perfect in the red zone as they came away with points on all three red zone trips (2 touchdowns, 1 field goal). In 10 games, the Jaguars have made 20 trips to the red zone and all 20 have resulted in a score (10 touchdowns, 10 field goals).
Jaguars without four starters
The Jaguars were without four starters today with two on offense and two on defense. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Rashean Mathis have missed each of the last four games. Fullback Greg Jones has missed three straight games.
Meester moves up in record books with 68th consecutive start
Center Brad Meester started his 68th consecutive game and 187th of his career. The 68 straight starts tied for the third-most in team history with Marcus Stroud and Vince Manuwai. Meester owns the franchise record with 92 consecutive starts from Sept. 3, 2000 through Dec. 4, 2005.
- Eight of the club's 12 sacks have come in road games and all 12 have come from defensive linemen.
- Houston's Arian Foster entered Sunday ranked third in the NFL with 872 yards. Foster was held to 77 yards on 28 carries (2.8 avg.) with a long of 13 yards.
- The Jaguars had 35 passing attempts against the Texans, extending their streak to a franchise-record seven straight games with at least 32 passing attempts.
- Guard Uche Nwaneri played in his 75th consecutive game including his 55th straight start.
- Linebacker Greg Jones made his Jaguars debut after signing on Nov. 12. Jones made the tackle on the opening kickoff.
- Rookie cornerback Mike Harris made his first career start as the Jaguars opened up in nickel defense.
- The Texans scored on the opening drive on a nine-yard reception from Keyshawn Martin. It marked the first time an opponent scored on the opening drive against the Jaguars since week three at Indianapolis. Opponents have scored a touchdown in the first quarter in four of 10 games against the Jaguars.
- Marcedes Lewis' one-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter was the club's first touchdown in the third quarter since week three at Indianapolis.
- The Jaguars were held to under 100 rushing yards for the seventh consecutive game, the longest streak since 2001 (7 games).
- The Jaguars did not throw an interception for the sixth time in 10 games.
- The Jaguars led for 8:28 with their largest lead 14 points in the fourth quarter.
- The Texans produced 640 yards of offense, the most by an opponent in Jaguars history. Quarterback Matt Schaub (527 passing yards) and wide receiver Andre Johnson (273 receiving yards) had the most passing and receiving yards by an opposing player in Jaguars history. Schaub became the third different quarterback to throw for five touchdowns against the Jaguars, joining Steve McNair (12/26/99 for Tennessee) and Tony Banks (9/10/00 for Baltimore). Schaub's 43 completions and 55 attempts were also the most by an opposing player.