THIS WEEK:The Jaguars return to Texas this week seeking to move past .500 and remain within striking distance of first place in the AFC South, only one game behind the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. They will face the Dallas Cowboys at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday at Texas Stadium. Jacksonville has won two straight games and is coming off a 24-21 road victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday.
In five games played in the state of Texas, the Jaguars own a 4-1 record, having gone 1-1 in Dallas and 3-0 in Houston dating back to 1995. This season, the Jaguars are 2-1 vs. NFC East teams, and this is the third of three November games against NFC East teams. The Jaguars own a 16-14 record vs. NFC teams in eight seasons, and they are 13-6 vs. the NFC in their last 19 games the Jaguars are seeking their second three-game winning streak of the season. The Dallas game is also the final road game of a streak in which the Jaguars will have played five of seven games away from home. The Jaguars are 2-3 on the road in 2002. They are in third place in the AFC South but only one game out of first place behind the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans, who are both 6-4. The Cowboys are 3-7 this season after losing to the Indianapolis Colts 20-3 last Sunday.
After a four-game losing streak in which the Jaguars score only 60 points,they have scored 50 points in their last two games, and they are 5-1 this year when scoring more than 20 points. The defense allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to the Texans but has been solid most of the season. For the year, the Jaguars have allowed only 185 points, an average of only 18.5 points per game that is the second lowest in the AFC (two points more than Indianapolis). In the last six seasons, the Jaguars are tied with the sixth-best record in the NFL, a 54-36 mark that is seven games behind the Green Bay Packers. The Jaguars have the NFL's fifth-best home record, 38-15 dating back to 1996, and they are the NFL's fourth-best road team with a 25-22 record going back to the 1996 season (tied with Green Bay).
TELEVISION BROADCAST: The Jaguars-Texans game will be televised regionally on CBS and locally on WTEV Channel 47 (Ch. 6 cable), with Don Criqui calling the play-by-play and Steve Tasker adding analysis. The Jaguars Pregame Show airs at 11:30 a.m. on WTEV, with Brian Sexton, Ryan Elijah and Jordan Siegel.
RADIO BROADCAST:All Jaguars games are broadcast on WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network. Brian Sexton calls the play-by-play and former NFL quarterback Matt Robinson adds analysis, with Cole Pepper serving as field reporter for home games. Sexton and Robinson are in their eighth season together. Robinson, Vic Ketchman and Pepper handle the pre-game show (three hours before kickoff on both stations), and Pepper and ex-Oakland Raider Pete Banaszak do the post-game show. A total of 16 affiliates in three states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game.
ON THE INTERNET: The Jaguars website has unveiled a re-designed look for the 2002 season. For eaking news, columns, feature stories, press releases, historical information, video highlights, rosters, depth charts and statistics, go to www.jaguars.com Updated daily, the Jaguars' Official Web Site has been ranked among the 100 Best Sites in the World by PC Magazine. The site also features online ticket buying, new merchandise offerings and multimedia, including video of Jaguars television shows and live radio game broadcasts.
ON THE AIR THIS WEEK:
Monday - Jaguars Reporters, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio, with Brian Sexton, Vic Ketchman The Jaguars End Zone, 7:00 p.m., WJXT-TV4, with Sam Kouvaris, Donovin Darius and a guest
Wednesday - Jaguars This Week, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio, with Brian Sexton, Vic Ketchman, Jeff Lageman
Thursday - Tom Coughlin Show, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio, with Tom Coughlin, Brian Sexton THE Jaguars Show, 8:00 p.m., WJXT-TV4, with Brian Sexton, Jeff Lageman
Saturday - Tom Coughlin Show, 7:30 p.m., WJXT-TV4, with Tom Coughlin, Brian Sexton
THE OPPONENT: The Cowboys have won five Super Bowls during their 40-year history. Dallas was awarded the NFL's first-ever expansion franchise, and the Cowboys began play in 1960, going 0-11-1. They advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 1966 and lost to Green Bay in the league title game two straight seasons. The Cowboys lost their first Super Bowl in 1970 to Baltimore, then defeated Miami the following season for their first NFL championship. Jerry Jones purchased the club in 1989 and hired Jimmy Johnson as head coach, and Dallas won Super Bowls in 1992 and '93 and again in 1995 under Barry Switzer. The Cowboys have appeared in the playoffs 19 times in the last 24 years. They finished 5-11 in 2001 and in fifth place in the NFC Eastern Division. This season, they are 3-7 and in last place in the NFC East.
THE SERIES: The Jaguars and the Cowboys have played two times in the regular season, with the Cowboys winning 26-22 in 1997 and the Jaguars winning 23-17 in overtime in 2000. Both games were played at Texas Stadium.
THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars ended a five-game losing streak with a 23-17 overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on October 29, 2000. Alvis Whitted scored on a 37-yard pass from Mark Brunell on the first series of overtime for his second touchdown of the game, as the Jaguars ended their longest losing streak in five years. The Jaguars did not turn the ball over and were not sacked in the game. Brunell threw for three touchdowns and tied a team record for passing accuracy, as he completed 20 of 24 passes. Tight end Kyle ady caught 10 of those passes for 134 yards, both career highs, as he eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second straight week. Fred Taylor had his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game, setting another team mark, as he gained 107 yards on 31 carries. The Jaguars jumped out to a 17-7 halftime lead but then struggled in the second half, scoring no points until overtime. Meanwhile, the Cowboys rallied for 10 points in the second half, scoring the tying touchdown with 1:07 to play. Dallas opened the scoring on its initial possession, marching 64 yards. The Jaguars struck back with 17 points in the second period, 10 of them off Dallas turnovers. Mike Hollis kicked a 42-yard field goal, Brunell connected with ady on a three-yard TD pass, and, with 13 seconds left before halftime, Brunell found Whitted on a fade in the end zone.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE COWBOYS WOULD:Be their third consecutive victory and give the team a 6-5 record, putting them over .500 for the first time since mid-October. It would also be their second victory in three games against the Cowboys, their third road win this season and give them a 3-1 mark vs. NFC East teams this year.
WHO TO WATCH THIS WEEK: If FS Marlon McCree gets an interception, he'll tie the team record with interceptions in three straight games. McCree needs two interceptions to tie the single-game record of six by Aaron Beasley (1999). … A sack by DT John Henderson would be his seventh, tying the team rookie record set by Tony ackens in 1996. … A sack by DT Marcus Stroud would mark his fourth straight game with a sack, tying the second-longest streak in team history.
COUGHLIN IN EIGHTH SEASON WITH JAGUARS: Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin is in his eighth season as the team's head coach, tied for the third-longest tenure of any NFL coach with his current team. In addition, Coughlin has the seventh-best record of all current NFL coaches in division games (minimum of 20 wins) and the seventh-best record in home games (minimum of 16 home games). Records include all teams coached by an individual during the regular season.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin (67-55 in regular season, 4-4 in postseason) has led the Jaguars to two AFC Central Division championships and two appearances in the AFC Championship game in seven seasons as the only head coach in franchise history. In his first seven seasons, Coughlin posted a 39-23 division record against the AFC Central, including 22-9 at home and 17-14 on the road. The Jaguars made the playoffs all four seasons from 1996 to '99 - a first for an NFL expansion team. In 1999, the Jaguars had the best record in the NFL (14-2), advancing to the conference championship game before losing to Tennessee. In 1998, Coughlin guided his team to its first AFC Central Division championship with an 11-5 record. The Jaguars defeated the New England Patriots in a Wild-Card game before losing to the New York Jets in the Divisional playoffs. In 1997, the Jaguars were 11-5 and finished second in the AFC Central, and they were defeated by Denver in the Wild-Card playoffs. In their second season in 1996, the Jaguars advanced all the way to the AFC Championship game, finishing second in the division with a 9-7 record. In the playoffs, the Jaguars upset the Bills and oncos on the road before losing at New England. In 1995, the Jaguars finished with four victories in their inaugural season. Coughlin became head coach of the Jaguars on Feuary 21, 1994 following three successful seasons as head coach at Boston College. He compiled a record of 21-13-1 from 1991 to '93 at Boston College, and had two bowl game appearances, as well as a ranking of 13th in the final AP poll of 1993. A veteran of 31 years in coaching, he was previously an NFL assistant coach with the New York Giants (wide receivers, 1988-90), Green Bay Packers (wide receivers and passing game coordinator 1986-87) and Philadelphia Eagles (wide receivers, 1984-85). Dave Campo, in his third season as the Dallas Cowboys' coach, is the fifth head coach in franchise history. He was promoted to head coach after spending 11 years as an assistant with the club. Campo joined the franchise as an assistant on Jimmy Johnson's staff in 1989 and was instrumental in the club's victories in Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII, and XXX. Campo had stints as defensive assistant (1989-1990) and secondary coach (1991-94) before being named defensive coordinator (1995-1999). Campo's defenses ranked in the top 10 four of his five years as coordinator, including finishing second in 1997 and third in 1996. In 2001, the Cowboys defense ranked fourth in the NFL, including third against the pass. Campo was a defensive back and standout shortstop on the baseball team at Central Connecticut State. He began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater (1971-72), and also served as an assistant at Albany State (1973), idgeport (1974), Pittsburgh (1975), Washington State (1976), Boise State (1977-79), Oregon State (1980), Weber State (1981-82), Iowa State (1983), Syracuse (1984-86), and the University of Miami (1987-88).
JACKSONVILLE-DALLAS CONNECTIONS: Three Cowboys are former Jaguars: LB Kevin Hardy (1996-2001), WR Randal Williams (2001) and WR Darnay Scott (2002 training camp) … Two Jaguars are former Cowboys: WR Jimmy Smith (1992-93) and PK Tim Seder (2000-01) … Three Jaguars have ties to Texas: DE Tony ackens (injured reserve; Fairfield, University of Texas), LB Akin Ayodele (MacArthur High in Irving) and DT Clenton Ballard (Southwest Texas State, San Antonio) … Six Cowboys have ties to the state of Florida: RB Emmitt Smith (Escambia, University of Florida), CB Mario Edwards (Florida State), DE Colston Weatherington (Graceville), WR Antonio yant (Miami), RB Troy Hamick (Pasco) and DT Daleroy Stewart (Vero Beach) … Cowboys WR coach Wes Chandler was born in New Smyrna Beach and played for the University of Florida (1974-77) … Cowboys RB coach Galen Hall was the head coach at the University of Florida 1984-89; head coach of the Orlando/NFLEL in 1992, and head coach of Orlando in the XFL in 2001 … Players who were college teammates include: Jaguars CB Fernando yant with Cowboys DL Michael Myers and S Tony Dixon at Alabama; Jaguars DT Marcus Stroud with Cowboys QB Quincy Carter and DE Demetric Evans at Georgia; Jaguars S James Boyd and DT andon Noble at Penn State; Jaguars S Marlon McCree and Cowboys TE James Whalen at Kentucky; Jaguars LB Eric Westmoreland and DT John Henderson with Cowboys CB Dwayne Goodrich at Tennessee; Jaguars QB Kent Graham and Cowboys WR Joey Galloway at Ohio State; Jaguars CB Ike Charlton with Cowboys G/C Matt Lehr and TE Bob Slowikowski (injured reserve) at Virginia Tech; and Jaguars LB T.J. Slaughter with Cowboys DTs John Nix and Daleroy Stewart at Southern Mississippi.
JAGUARS VS. COWBOYS: Here are the accumulated stats of selected players in this series:Jaguars QB Mark Brunell - 2 games; 41 of 55 passing, 473 yards; 6 TDs, 1 INT for 128.8 passer rating; 5 rushes for 41 yards Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith - 1 game (the 2000 game was his only miss in eight seasons); 2 receptions, 13 yards and 1 TD Jaguars RB Fred Taylor - 1 game; 31 rushes for 107 yards, and 2 receptions for 9 yards Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith - 2 games; 48 rushes for 177 yards and 1 TD Cowboys WR Joey Galloway (as a member of the Seattle Seahawks) - 2 games; 8 receptions, 165 yards; 20.6 yards per catch, 2 TDs; and an 80-yard TD run
INJURY UPDATE:The only players injured in the Texans game were: CB Fernando yant (concussion), CB Ike Charlton (knee) and LB Joe Tuipala (elbow). Missing the game with injuries were LB Eric Westmoreland (hamstring) and WR Patrick Johnson (abdomen). The status of all players will be updated during the week.
DAILY SCHEDULE: Interview and practice times for this week are as follows: Practices are held at the practice fields adjacent to ALLTEL Stadium. Check with the Jaguars' Communications office (633-6000) to schedule interviews.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars defeated the Houston Texans 24-21 at Reliant Stadium behind two Mark Brunell touchdown passes and the strong running of Fred Taylor and Stacey Mack. It was the Jaguars' first victory over the expansion Texans and avenged a loss three weeks earlier at home. Brunell threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Kyle ady and 13 yards to Jimmy Smith and Stacey Mack scored from 1 yard out on fourth down, as the Jaguars jumped out to a 24-7 lead, scoring two of their touchdowns off Houston's two turnovers. The Texans scored two touchdowns on runs by quarterback David Carr, but the Jaguars defense came up with two sacks on the Texans' final drive to thwart any chance of a comeback. Taylor rushed for 56 yards and Mack added 54 yards in a tandem effort that kept Houston off balance. Meanwhile, the Jaguars allowed only 78 yards rushing. Jimmy Smith caught six passes for 70 yards and one touchdown and moved into the top 20 on the NFL's all-time receiving list and into 26th place on the career receiving yardage list. He also surpassed 9,000 yards receiving and scored his 50th career touchdown. The win was the team's second in a row and moved them back to .500 at 5-5 with six games to go. It was their first win in the AFC South.
NOTES FROM THE TEXANS GAME: In the month of November, the Jaguars have a 19-11 record, their best month in their eight seasons. … The Jaguars had fewer first downs (16 to 18) and less time of possession (28:52 to 31:08), but more yards (321 to 272). They converted only 4 of 12 third downs (33 percent) but held the Texans to 2 of 11 third downs (18 percent). … The Jaguars had one turnover and two takeaways and are now plus-eight for the season (tied for first in the AFC). … Mark Brunell completed 15 of 25 passes (60.0 percent) for 224 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT for a passer rating of 99.4. He had a streak of 112 consecutive passes without an interception snapped in the second quarter. That streak was the fourth longest in team history. … Fred Taylor led the team in rushing with 56 yards on 13 carries (4.3 average), closely followed by Stacey Mack with 54 yards and one TD on 12 rushes (4.5 average). Mack's 23-yard run in the first quarter tied his season long, and he moved into fourth place on the team's career rushing list ahead of Natrone Means (1,330). Mack now has 1,369 rushing yards. Taylor did not have a reception for the first time all season. … The Jacksonville defense has allowed only 146 yards rushing the last two games. … Mack's score was the team's first touchdown in the first quarter since the New York Jets game on September 29. … Kyle ady's score capped a 96-yard drive that tied for the third longest in team history and longest since the 2000 season. … Jimmy Smith caught six passes for 70 yards and one TD. He moved up two spots into 20th place on the NFL's all-time receiving list, passing Hall of Famer Don Maynard (633) and Drew Hill (634) and now has 639 career receptions. Smith also moved into 26th place on the receiving yardage list, moving up five spots ahead of Roy Green (8,965), Wes Chandler (8,966), Mark Clayton (8,974), Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff (8.974), and Jacksonville native Harold Carmichael (8,985). Smith became the 26th player in NFL history to surpass 9,000 yards receiving and now has 9,2001 for his career. Smith's TD was the 50th of his career, extending his team record. He made his 100th career start in the game. … WR Bobby Shaw added three receptions for 46 yards, and TE Pete Mitchell had a 45-yard reception that was his career long (previous: 38 on 9/20/98 vs. Baltimore). … Chris Hanson punted six times for a 43.0-yard average, with no touchbacks and three inside the 20, with a long of 51. He had two kicks returned for 1 yard and three fair catches for a net average of 42.8. … PK Tim Seder scored three extra points and 1 of 2 field goals. He was successful from 22 yards but was wide right from 40 yards. Before missing, he tied his personal best of seven consecutive field goals, which he set in 2000 with Dallas. … Marlon McCree made the team's only interception, returning it 35 yards before being tackled at the two-yard line. That gave him four interceptions this season, tying for the third most by a Jaguars player in one season. He is also tied for sixth in team history with five career interceptions. … Micah Ross recovered a fumble on a muffed punt. Both turnovers led to touchdowns. … The team got four sacks, two by Marcus Stroud and one each by John Henderson and Akin Ayodele. Henderson now has six sacks this season, ranking second in team history by a Jaguars rookie, topping Kevin Hardy's 5.5 sacks in 1996. Stroud also has six sacks this year (and five in his last three games). Ayodele got his second career sack. The Jaguars allowed five sacks. … WLB T.J. Slaughter led the team with 16 tackles, followed by MLB Wali Rainer (14) and DE Marco Coleman (10). … Every player saw action except G/C Drew Inzer and QB Kent Graham. The inactive players were: RB Dan Alexander, S James Boyd, LB Eric Westmoreland, OT Roger Chanoine, G/OT Leander Jordan, WR Patrick Johnson, DT Clenton Ballard and QB David Garrard (third QB).
FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE TEXANS GAME: "It was a good win. We came over to win, and we got the win. It wasn't a good finish, the way I thought it would be when it was 24-7, but nevertheless we were able to make some plays when we had to. I thought at 24-7 we were in pretty good shape. We had a little trouble stopping them, no doubt."(on the last few plays) "At the end of the game, I thought our young guys defensively rose up in that situation. What you really worry about there, of course, is they had all three timeouts at one point, and I was a little bit surprised they went with the onside kick with their time outs."(on getting a second straight win) "We've gotten to where we've wanted to be, and now the season begins. We have a six-game schedule, obviously. We did get two wins in a row, and I am pleased with that. My problem in these situations, is you want to finish it, you want to win it, you want to do it the way you have it planned in pursuit of playig to perfection. You don't quite get there. I'm a little disappointed in that, but very, very excited about winning a tough football game against a good football team."
FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: (on maintaining the lead) "Sometimes you have a tendency to play on your heels. You have to fight to continue to be aggressive, to use your aggression to score more. We can learn from that and continue to improve and make corrections. You can't get into that mode, because a team can play catch-up. I am glad we won, I am happy with the win."(on the two-game win streak) "Our confidence is up, it is up as it should be. Hopefully we can carry this on into Dallas, but it will be tough. Every game from here on out will be tough. We have a few things to build on now with a little momentum."
FROM TE PETE MITCHELL: "Right now we are exactly where we need to be. We are 5-5 with six games left in the season and we are only one game out of our division. We are getting better; we are learning how to win. Our defense made huge plays towards the end."(on closing a game) "We need to do that as an offense. Running the ball is essential when you are trying to seal the deal. We have to get the other team to use all their time outs by getting first downs. Not being able to close the game contributed to our losing streak earlier in the season, but now we are getting that winning feeling back and wins are coming a little easier these days."(on his career-long 45-yard reception) "The black shoes made me look a lot slower. I am expecting a few voice messages on my machine from my family. I think they are a little embarrassed with my speed. You know you have problems when you are running down the field thinking how slow you really are."
FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: (on Bobby Shaw) "Bobby Shaw has definitely taken to his role, and he's making some plays out there. That's definitely going to help our passing game. I've been receiving a lot of triple teams. To have someone on the other side come in and replace Keenan (McCardell) the way Bobby Shaw has is definitely helping."(on his milestones for receptions and yards receiving) "I'm happy about that. I've been a tough player for many years in this league, and I think this is a reflection of that. It's big, but I'm just happy we got the win. (The individual records) don't mean anything unless you're winning."
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will return home to host the Pittsburgh Steelers at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 1 at ALLTEL Stadium. It will be the only game of the season between the two former division rivals, who faced off 14 times from 1995 to 2001, with the Jaguars holding an 8-6 lead in the series. The Jaguars are 6-1 at home against the Steelers. This season, the Steelers are 5-4-1 and in first place in the AFC North. The game is the first of back-to-back home contests for the Jaguars, who face the Cleveland owns a week later. THE TEAL IS REAL . . . In the last six seasons, the Jaguars' record is tied for the sixth best in the NFL, seven games behind the Green Bay Packers. The Jaguars have won 54 of their last 90 regular-season games (they also won their final five games in 1996).
JAGUARS HAVE FIFTH-BEST HOME RECORD AND FOURTH-BEST ROAD RECORD SINCE 1996: After the Jaguars went 7-1 at ALLTEL Stadium four times from 1996 to '99, they have a 38-15 record that is tied for the fifth-best mark at home since the start of the 1996 season. On the road, the Jaguars are tied with the fourth-best record and they are one of only seven NFL teams with a better-than-.500 mark on the road dating back to November 24, 1996.
JAGUARS ON PACE TO EAK TEAM'S SACKS-ALLOWED RECORD: Only one season after allowing 63 sacks in 2001, the second-highest total in the league, the Jaguars' retooled offensive line has given up only 24 sacks through 10 games in 2002. The offensive line is on pace to yield the fewest sacks allowed in a season since 1999 and the second-fewest in team history.
HANSON FIRST IN AFC IN GROSS PUNTING AND SECOND IN NET: Chris Hanson, in only his second full season as the punter for the Jaguars, has established himself as one of the NFL's premier punters. He leads the AFC in gross punting and is second in net.
SHAW THIRD IN AFC IN PUNT RETURN AVERAGE: After replacing Damon Gibson as the Jaguars punt returner, Bobby Shaw has placed himself third in the conference with a 13.2-yard average on his 17 returns.
TAKE THAT: Through 10 games, the Jaguars are plus-eight in the turnover category and tied for first in the conference and fourth in the NFL. The defense has grabbed eight interceptions and recovered nine fumbles so far this season, with an additional fumble recovery on special teams. This is the Jaguars' best mark through 10 games since the 1999 season when the team was second in the league through 10 games at plus-14.
PUT THAT FLAG AWAY: Through 10 games, the Jaguars are tied for third with Indianapolis and San Francisco for the fewest penalties in the NFL, and they have the second-lowest penalty yardage in the NFL.
ROOKIE SACKER: Through 10 games, the Jaguars' John Henderson leads NFL rookie defensive tackles in sacks, and his seven sacks are the third most by all rookies.
DYNAMIC DUO: Defensive tackles John Henderson and Marcus Stroud, in only their first and second years in the league respectively, are tied with the second-most sacks by a defensive line tandem in the AFC with 12 sacks through 10 games.
CONSISTENT SACKERS: The Jaguars have made at least one sack in 34 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak in the NFL. Also, since 1999, the Jaguars have made 164 sacks, tied for the fourth-highest total in the NFL.
RUSHING ONE-TWO PUNCH: Fred Taylor and Stacey Mack combine for one of the most prolific running back tandems in the NFL. The two backs have combined for 1,135 yards rushing.
TOUCHDOWN TANDEM: The one-two punch of Fred Taylor and Stacey Mack have provided the Jaguars with the second-most touchdowns by a running back duo in the AFC with 12 touchdowns, tied with Miami.
DEADLY COMBINATION: The big three for the Jaguars - QB Mark Brunell, WR Jimmy Smith and RB Fred Taylor - have been an integral part of the team's success. The combination of Taylor and Smith together have accumulated the NFL's seventh most yards from scrimmage from a running back and wide receiver tandem.
JAGUARS HAVE BALANCED OFFENSE: In the last five seasons, the Jaguars have rushed for 9,063 yards on the ground, the fifth most in the NFL. They were the only team to have more than 2,000 yards rushing each of the three seasons from 1998 to 2000 (an injury to Fred Taylor held them to 1,600 rushing yards in 2001). And, over the past seven seasons, the Jaguars have the sixth-most passing yards in the NFL.
JAGUARS SCORE ON THE GROUND … In the last six seasons, the Jaguars have rushed for 101 touchdowns, the most in the NFL.
… AND STOP THEIR OPPONENTS: In the last seven seasons, the Jaguars have allowed only 72 rushing TDs, the NFL's fifth-best mark.
THE BRUNELL TO SMITH CONNECTION: Mark Brunell and Jimmy Smith have connected on four touchdowns this season, giving the tandem 42 scores in eight seasons, ranking second among active players.
SMITH RANKS 20TH AMONG ALL-TIME RECEIVERS: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith is in 20th place on the NFL's all-time receiving list, and he is 26th in career receiving yards. Smith has 638 career receptions for 9,001 yards.
SMITH HAS SIX STRAIGHT 1,000-YARD SEASONS: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark receiving six straight seasons, a feat accomplished by only four other players in NFL history. Currently, he ranks fifth all time behind Jerry Rice (11 straight 1,000-yard seasons), Tim own (9 straight), Cris Carter (8 straight) and Lance Alworth (7 straight). Through 10 games this year, Smith has 741 receiving yards and is projected to gain 1,186 yards by the end of the year.
SMITH IS NFL'S LEADING RECEIVER SINCE 1996 ... Since the start of the 1996 season, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has the most receptions in the NFL. He was the NFL leader in 1999 with 116 receptions - the sixth most in a season in NFL history - and he finished the 2001 season with 112 catches to rank second in the league.
... AND SMITH LEADS ALL RECEIVERS IN YARDAGE: Over the last seven seasons,Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has amassed more receiving yardage than any receiver in the NFL.
SMITH HAS MORE RECEPTIONS THAN 16 OF 19 HALL OF FAME RECEIVERS: Even though he is in only his eighth season as a Jaguar, Jimmy Smith already has more receptions and receiving yards than 15 of the 19 receivers who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Notes: Players such as Bobby Mitchell, Charley Taylor, Lenny Moore and Frank Gifford also played halfback for several seasons before switching to end. In addition, there are four other members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who played end in the early decades of pro football and therefore caught few passes in their era: Guy Chamberlin, Red Badgro, Bill Hewitt and Wayne Millner.)
TAYLOR HAS SIXTH-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FIVE YEARS: Despite missing 24 full games and parts of nine others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor is tied with the sixth-most touchdowns over the last five seasons among active players.
BRUNELL'S TOUCHDOWN TARGETS: Mark Brunell has thrown 135 TD passes in eight seasons with the Jaguars. Here are the 20 players who have caught them: Jimmy Smith (42), Keenan McCardell (26), Damon Jones (11), Willie Jackson (10), Pete Mitchell (8), Kyle ady (7), James Stewart (5), Fred Taylor (4), Ernest Givins (3), Cedric Tillman (3), Alvis Whitted (3), Andre Rison (2), Elvis Joseph (2), Patrick Johnson (2), Derek own (1), Ty Hallock (1), Desmond Howard (1), Natrone Means (1), R. Jay Soward (1), Stacey Mack (1) and Bobby Shaw (1).
BRUNELL HAS 10TH-BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the 10th-best career winning percentage of active quarterbacks (minimum 20 wins). Brunell also owns the NFL's third-best record in divisional games (37-21, .638), and in the last eight seasons, he has the most victories of any quarterback other than Green Bay's ett Favre.
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: Through 10 games, the Jaguars rank 18th in the NFL in total offense (7th rushing, 23rd passing), and they are 13th in defense (17th rushing and 12th passing). They have allowed 185 points, second fewest in the AFC. … The offense is 13th in the AFC with 177 first downs and 12th in the conference in third-down percentage (52 of 135, 38.5 percent). The defense is tied for 12th in allowing 202 first downs and eighth in the AFC in opponent's third-down conversions (56 of 136, 41.2 percent). … The Jaguars are plus-eight on the turnover table, tied for the lead in the AFC. … The Jaguars are sixth in the AFC with a 56.3 percent rate on scoring touchdowns inside the red zone (18 of 32). Defensively, the Jaguars are seventh in the AFC with opponents scoring touchdowns on 51.5 percent of red zone opportunities (17 of 33). … QB Mark Brunell is 11th in the AFC in passing with a 85.0 passer rating. … RB Stacey Mack is tied for ninth in the AFC with seven touchdowns, and RB Fred Taylor is tied for 21st with 32 points (five TDs, 1 X2). … Taylor is tied for sixth in the AFC with 828 rushing yards and is seventh in the AFC with 1,107 yards from scrimmage. … WR Jimmy Smith is tied for 11th in the AFC in receiving with 54 receptions, and his 741 receiving yards is eighth. … Chris Hanson leads the AFC in gross punting (45.1) and is second in net punting (37.1). The Jaguars have more downed punts (11) than any NFL team. … Bobby Shaw is third in the AFC with a 13.2 average on punt returns. … S Marlon McCree's four interceptions is tied for second in the AFC. … The six sacks by both John Henderson and Marcus Stroud are tied for seventh in the AFC. … The Jaguars are tied with the NFL's second-fewest fumbles lost (3).
STATS AND SUCH: There are 25 new players on the Jaguars' roster: six of the nine draft choices (DT John Henderson, OT Mike Pearson, LB Akin Ayodele, QB David Garrard, TE Chris Luzar and DT Clenton Ballard), three unrestricted free agents (WR Patrick Johnson, G Chris Naeole and WR Bobby Shaw), eight veteran free agents (LB Bobby ooks, OT Roger Chanoine, DE Marco Coleman, QB Kent Graham, G/OT Leander Jordan, TE Pete Mitchell, PK Tim Seder and G Daryl Terrell), one first-year free agent (WR Jimmy Redmond), one undrafted free agent (DE Javor Mills), two trade acquisitions (CB Ike Charlton and LB Wali Rainer) and four waiver pickups (RB Dan Alexander, CB Robert Bean, C/G Drew Inzer and WR Kevin Lockett). Jacksonville opened the season with 10 new starters: C John Wade, RG Chris Naeole, WR Patrick Johnson, LDE Marco Coleman, DTs Larry Smith and Marcus Stroud, SLB Danny Clark, MLB Wali Rainer, WLB Eric Westmoreland and RCB Jason Craft (Zach Wiegert also moved from RG to LT). There were no rookies in the starting lineup on Opening Day for the first time since 1997, although Ayodele has started three games at strongside linebacker, DT John Henderson started the last seven games, and OT Mike Pearson started the last five games. … A total of 13 players have started every game this season (seven on offense and six on defense): WR Jimmy Smith, Gs ad Meester and Chris Naeole, C John Wade, TE Kyle ady, QB Mark Brunell, RB Fred Taylor, DE Marco Coleman, DT Marcus Stroud, CBs Fernando yant and Jason Craft, and Ss Donovin Darius and Marlon McCree. Mark Brunell is 62-47 in 109 regular-season starts, 66-51 overall. He has won more games under head coach Tom Coughlin than any current NFL quarterback under his head coach. … In 10 games, the offense has used five different starting lineup combinations and the defense has used five different starting combinations. … The Jaguars have had 14 plays of 30 or more yards so far this season. They had only 11 plays of 30-plus yards in 2001, 26 in 2000, 23 in 1999, 29 in 1998, 22 in 1997, 26 in 1996 and 12 in 1995. The Jaguars have allowed only eight 30-plus plays this season… Of the Jaguars' 174 completed passes, 93 have been to wide receivers, 38 to tight ends and 40 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 11 for 16 on fourth-down conversions this season; their opponents are 8 for 15. … On 32 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 18 touchdowns and 10 field goals (and four drives with no points). Their opponents have had 33 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 17 touchdowns and 8 field goals (and 7 drives with no points). … Jaguars opponents have begun 22 possessions inside their own 20 and they scored on 4 of those drives (3 TDs and 1 FG). The Jaguars have begun 26 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on 5 of those drives (3 TDs, 2 FGs). … The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 75 points, while their opponents have scored 34 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … In eight seasons, the Jaguars are 16 for 23 on two-point conversions (2 for 2 in 2002), while their opponents are 7 for 23 (2 for 2 in 2002). … In eight seasons, the Jaguars have a winning record in every month except October (they are .500 in January). They are 1-0 in August, 16-13 in September, 13-19 in October, 19-11 in November, 17-11 in December and 1-1 in January. … In 2002, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the second quarter (77-57), third quarter (57-40) and fourth quarter (63-57), and have been outscored in the first quarter (17-31).The average age of the 53-man roster as of November 18 is 26.03 years old. … There are 27 players 25 or younger, 20 players between 26 and 29 years old, and six players 30 or older. The youngest player is OT Mike Pearson (22 years, 3 months); the oldest player is QB Kent Graham (34 years). … More than two-thirds of the players (38) have four years or less of NFL experience, and six players are in their eighth season or more. … The Jaguars have eight players who were ffirst-round selections in the college draft, including five of their own picks: DE Marco Coleman (1992, Dolphins), TE Kyle ady (1995, N.Y. Jets), G Chris Naeole (1997, Saints), RB Fred Taylor (1998, Jaguars), S Donovin Darius (1998, Jaguars), CB Fernando yant (1999, Jaguars), DT Marcus Stroud (2001, Jaguars) and DT John Henderson (2002, Jaguars). … WR Jimmy Smith has played in 121 of the 122 games in Jaguars history. The only game he missed was in 2000 at Dallas. Of this year's players, next are QB Mark Brunell (112) and DE Tony ackens (92, on injured reserve). … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by G ad Meester (42), followed by TE Kyle ady (40) and WR Jimmy Smith (33). … Five players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: DE Marco Coleman (165), WR Jimmy Smith (128), TE Kyle ady (118), QB Mark Brunell (114) and TE Pete Mitchell (108). … Coleman leads with 163 career starts, followed by ady (112), Brunell (109) and Smith (100).