Monday, December 3, 2001, 9:00 p.m. EST
ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.
THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars will play their first and only "Monday Night Football" game of the season when they host the Green Bay Packers at 9:00 p.m. EST Monday at ALLTEL Stadium. Since their first Monday night game in 1997, the Jaguars are 5-2 with losses in their last two MNF appearances, but they are 4-0 at home on Monday night.
The Jaguars are 3-7 after losing to the Baltimore Ravens 24-21 on a touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining last Sunday at ALLTEL Stadium. The Jaguars are 3-3 at home this season but have lost seven of their last eight games. The Packers are 7-3 and in second place in the NFC Central Division.
The Jaguars have allowed the third-fewest points in the AFC this season, only 172 for an average of 17.2 points allowed per game that ranks fourth only to Pittsburgh (12.1), Cleveland (15.0) and Baltimore (17.0).
TELEVISION BROADCAST: The game will be televised nationally on ABC and locally on WJXX Channel 25, with Al Michaels calling the play-by-play, Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller adding analysis, and Melissa Starke and Eric Dickerson as the field reporters. The Jaguars Pregame Show, with hosts Brian Sexton and Sam Kouvaris, airs at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on WJXT Channel 4.
RADIO BROADCAST: All of the Jaguars' games are broadcast on WOKV (690 AM), WBWL (600 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 Sam Kouvaris serving as field reporter. Sexton and Robinson are in their seventh season together. Robinson, Vic Ketchman and Cole Pepper handle the pre-game show (three hours before kickoff on all three stations), and Pepper and ex-Oakland Raider Pete Banaszak do the post-game show. A total of 19 affiliates in three states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game. The game will also be broadcast in Spanish on the SAP audio channel accessible through your remote control with Alvaro Martin (play-by-play) and Roberto Abramowitz (analysis).
Additionally, the game will be carried nationally on CBS Radio/Westwood One with Howard David, Boomer Esiason and Bonnie Bernstein describing the action. Jim Gray will host the pregame and halftime show.
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THE OPPONENT: One of the storied franchises in the National Football League, the Green Bay Packers are playing in their 81st season, having begun play in 1921, one year after the formation of the NFL. The Packers have won 12 NFL championships, more than any other team, including three Super Bowls. They are the only team to win three consecutive championships, and they did that twice (1929-31 and 1965-67), and they won the first two Super Bowls under legendary coach Vince Lombardi. They won Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots under Mike Holmgren, then lost the Super Bowl the next year to the Denver Broncos. In 2000, the Packers finished 9-7. They are still quarterbacked by Brett Favre, the only quarterback in NFL history to be named Most Valuable Player three consecutive seasons.
THE SERIES: The Jaguars and Packers have met only one time, with Green Bay winning 24-14 in 1995 in the Jaguars' fourth game in franchise history.
THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars played in their first nationally televised game ever, a Sunday night affair on TNT, but lost to the Green Bay Packers 24-14 on September 24, 1995 at ALLTEL Stadium after falling behind 17-0. Mark Brunell started his second game at quarterback in his first action ever against his former team, but he found the going tough early in the game. At halftime, Jacksonville had managed only 18 total yards and no first downs. However, in the fourth quarter, Brunell hooked up with WR Willie Jackson, who was making his first NFL start, on two touchdown passes. Jackson caught seven passes for 66 yards in the game and had two other touchdowns called back when he was ruled out of bounds. He also returned five kickoffs for 97 yards, giving him 163 combined yards in the game. Tony Boselli, the Jaguars' first ever draft choice, played in his first NFL game after suffering a knee injury on July 17.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE PACKERS WOULD: Give them a 4-7 record and their fourth win in seven home games this season. It would also give them a 1-1 record in the series against the Packers.
INJURY UPDATE: Players injured in the Baltimore game were S Marlon McCree (ankle), LB Danny Clark (foot) and MLB Hardy Nickerson (hip). Three players missed the game with injuries: RB Fred Taylor (groin), LB Kevin Hardy (knee) and LB Joseph Tuipala (thigh). The status of all players will be updated on Wednesday.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin (59-47 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 six seasons as the only head coach in franchise history. The Jaguars made the playoffs all four seasons from 1996 to '99 - a first for an NFL expansion team and one of only two teams in the NFL to do so (along with Minnesota). 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 them to their first AFC Central Division championship with an 11-5 record. They 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 the regular season in second place in the division with a 9-7 record. In the playoffs, the Jaguars upset the Bills and Broncos 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 February 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 appearances in bowl games and a ranking of 13th in the final AP poll of 1993. A veteran of 30 years of 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).
Mike Sherman led the Packers to a 9-7 record during his first season as head coach in 2000. During the offseason, he assumed the responsibilities of general manager as well after Ron Wolf retired. Sherman was a perfect 4-0 in December and became only the third head coach in club history (joining Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, and Mike Holmgren) to have a winning record during his rookie season. Sherman served as the Packers' tight ends coach for two seasons (1997-98). In 1999, Sherman followed Holmgren to the Seattle Seahawks as offensive coordinator/tight ends coach. Sherman oversaw improvement in the Seahawks' offense during his one season with Seattle as it won the AFC West and made its first playoff appearance since 1988. Sherman was an offensive lineman and linebacker at Central Connecticut State (1974, 1976-77). After three years coaching at the high school level, Sherman began a 16-year college coaching career in 1981 at Pittsburgh, then went to Tulane in 1983. He spent four seasons at Holy Cross (1985-88), including the final season as offensive coordinator. From 1989-1993, he was offensive line coach at Texas A&M, before taking a similar position with UCLA in 1994. He returned to Texas A&M in 1995 for two years. He has a record of 16-10 in two seasons with the Packers.
COUGHLIN IN SEVENTH SEASON WITH JAGUARS: Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin is in his seventh season as the team's head coach, tied for the fourth-longest tenure of any NFL coach with his current team. In addition, Coughlin has the sixth-best record of all current NFL coaches in division games (minimum of 20 wins) and the ninth-best record in home games (minimum of 16 home games). Records include all teams coached by an individual during the regular season.
JACKSONVILLE-GREEN BAY CONNECTIONS: Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin was the Packers' wide receivers coach in 1986 and '87 … Jaguars QB Mark Brunell was with the Packers for his first two seasons in 1993 and '94 after being drafted in the fifth round … Jaguars P Chris Hanson was with the Packers for the 1999 season opener … Packers OT/G Barry Stokes was on the Jaguars' practice squad in 1996 … Two Packers have ties to north Florida: S LeRoy Butler (Florida State, Jacksonville, Robert E. Lee High School) and DE Jamal Reynolds (Florida State) … Packers DB coach Bob Slowik was a defensive assistant at the University of Florida from 1979 to '82 … Packers head coach Mike Sherman was the high school coach of Jaguars director of pro scouting Fran Foley at Worchester (Mass.) Academy … Packers senior vice president of administration John Jones was the Jaguars' executive director of administration in 1995 … Players who were college teammates include Jaguars S James Boyd and Packers CB Bhawoh Jue at Penn State; Jaguars TE Kyle Brady and Packers G Marco Rivera at Penn State; Jaguars P Chris Hanson and C/G John Wade with Packers DE/DT Billy Lyon at Marshall; Jaguars RB Stacey Mack and Packers QB Henry Burris at Temple; Jaguars MLB Joseph Tuipala and Packers DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila at San Diego State; Jaguars LB Eric Westmoreland and Packers OT Chad Clifton and TE David Martin at Tennessee; Jaguars G/OT Zach Wiegert and Packers RB Ahman Green at Nebraska; Jaguars DE Renaldo Wynn and Packers CB/KR Allen Rossum at Notre Dame.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost for the seventh time in their last eight games, when Shannon Sharpe caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Elvis Grbac with nine seconds left in the game to give the Baltimore Ravens a 24-21 victory at ALLTEL Stadium. The Ravens jumped out to a 17-0 lead, before the Jaguars struck back with three touchdowns in the final 17 minutes. However, the Ravens drove 74 yards in nine plays and 1:23 for the winning score. Stacey Mack scored two touchdowns on short runs and Jimmy Smith scored on a 12-yard pass from Mark Brunell, who returned to the lineup after missing one game. The Jaguars started slowly, gaining only 71 yards in the first half before getting on track late in the third quarter. The Ravens won their fourth straight game over the Jaguars, following eight consecutive losses to start the series. The Jaguars lost a game in the final five minutes for the fifth time this season.
NOTES FROM THE RAVENS GAME: The Jaguars were outgained (305 yards to 361), had fewer first downs (19 to 24) and less time of possession (26:26 to 33:34). They have been outgained in six of their seven losses (and four straight games, including the win over Cincinnati), have had fewer first downs in all seven losses, and have had more than 30 minutes time of possession in just one game this year (30:13 in Game 2 vs. Tennessee). … The Jaguars converted 4 of 12 third downs (33 percent), getting more than three in a game for the first time in six games. The Ravens converted 8 of 15 (53 percent), the eighth straight game an opponent has had a better conversion percentage. … The Jaguars had no turnovers and two takeaways, putting them at even for the season. That marked their most takeaways in a game since October 7 at Seattle. They have only four takeaways in their last six games. … Mark Brunell completed 23 of 38 passes for 259 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He was sacked four times. … RB Stacey Mack rushed 13 times for 50 yards and two TDs and caught a career-high five passes for 45 yards, giving him 95 combined yards. … WR Jimmy Smith led the team with seven catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, while Keenan McCardell had 80 yards on six receptions. McCardell extended his team-best streak to 43 straight games with at least one reception, now the second-longest streak in team history behind Jimmy Smith's mark of 80 straight games. … MLB Hardy Nickerson led the team with a franchise single-game record 23 tackles (13 solo), followed by WLB T.J. Slaughter with 22 tackles (12 solo). … SLB Kevin Hardy missed the game with a knee injury, snapping his team-record streak of 58 consecutive starts. … The Jaguars had two sacks, one by DE Tony Brackens (his fifth in six games played this season), and one by DE Renaldo Wynn (his fourth of the year, a career high). Wynn and Brackens each had a forced fumble. … S Ainsley Battles made his second interception of the season. … PK Mike Hollis kicked off for the first time since the 1998 postseason (he had some onside kicks in 1999 and 2000). … Chris Hanson punted seven times for a 40.4-yard average, one touchback, two inside the 20 and a long of 49. He had three punts returned for 39 yards and three fair catches. … Every player who dressed played except RB Frank Moreau and QB Jonathan Quinn. The inactive players were: RB Fred Taylor, DB Renard Cox, LB Kevin Hardy, LB Joseph Tuipala, OT Patrick Venzke, OT Derrick Chambers, and QB Roderick Robinson (third QB). … Jaguars captains were: WR Keenan McCardell, WR Alvis Whitted, DT Seth Payne and MLB Hardy Nickerson.
SMITH VS. THE RAVENS: Against the Baltimore Ravens, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith averages 112.0 receiving yards per game in his career, the third-best per-game receiving mark by a player against an opponent since 1970 (minimum five career games).
FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE RAVENS GAME: "It's not an easy thing. You're up with 1:32 to go, and it's incredible to me how easy it is for the other guy to walk down the field in those situations. That's not right. I feel very badly for our players. They need the reinforcement of a win. They fought their butts off. Brian Billick was extremely complimentary of our kids and the way they played and their character. But you have to have wins. This business is about wins. And there's no easy way to win in this league. You have to play for 60 minutes and you have to be able to handle anything. This is something we've floundered on defensively. It's very frustrating, a difficult time. But you have to keep fighting. That's all you can do is fight - fight and battle and don't lose confidence and don't lose faith in who you are and what you're doing. Find a way."
"There's no way I could tell you right now when we scored that last touchdown, there's no way we're going to lose that game. We did. We found a way. Like so many times this year, when people have been in that position, we've been unable to stop them. If you'd asked me with 1:32 to go if there was any way we were going to lose, I'd have said no."
(on the second half) "We played hard. The second half, the way we played, the way we fought back, the way we got the turnover that gave us the ball back that allowed us to score the last touchdown to go ahead. The momentum-builder in the second half was the no-huddle offense. We did a good job of it. We mixed the run in well. Stacey Mack ran the ball well."
(on the Ravens' last drive) "Early on we had some pressure. We went back and forth between a three- and a four-man rush to bring heat. We were more zone (on the last drive). The ball went to the one-yard line and we had a fifth rusher there. We didn't get to him. When we're in coverage, you should never get an in-cut. We should be in front of the in-cut, it should be picked, game over. We stopped them back to the three-yard line. They used their last time out. They'd have maybe two plays with the pass. It's not like there is anybody in the place who is surprised the ball went to Shannon Sharpe. How many times did it go to him on the last drive? Three times? I don't think that (last pass) should have been completed. We had pressure. That kind of pass at that point on the field is risky. But you have to give them credit - he threw it right on the money and was very accurate."
(on whether the Jaguars gets a lot of bad breaks) "Sometimes you have to make your own. You can't keep counting on one play or one drive. That's really where it is. If you put yourself in that position, it's great if you win and not much fun when you don't."
FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: (on the differences between the offense in the second half) "We threw the ball in the second half. We were more efficient. We ran more no-huddle and we were able to move the ball with that. Besides that, they shut us down. We had too many penalties and shot ourselves in the foot too much. The guys wanted to compete in the second half and wanted to score some points and move the ball. And we did, but it wasn't enough."
(on the success of the no-huddle) "I don't think it's a fatigue issue, it's just that sometimes the defense doesn't have time to run all their calls in. They basically have to go to a certain set of coverages and a certain set of calls with very few blitzes. We have all the time on the play clock to know what I need to get off a play. We were really efficient out of it and did some good things. I think the ball was distributed the way it should be in the no-huddle, but unfortunately 21 points was not enough."
(on his quadriceps injury giving him problems) "Unfortunately it did. But there were no limitations, I just didn't have the scrambling ability to run and couldn't be as quick with the ball the way I would liked. I'll take it one day at a time and I don't expect it keeping me out. At this point everyone is beat up; everyone has something. We just need our guys on the field."
FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: (on the loss) "It's unbelievable. There's so many bad things that have been happening to us and I just can't explain it - this isn't a three hour show. This was just like the first game up in Baltimore. The offense was sitting on the bench just watching a nightmare unfold. The defense played great the whole ballgame. I just wish the offense could have put some more points on the board."
FROM WR KEENAN McCARDELL: (on the Ravens' last drive) "They made some plays. You have to give them credit. They made the plays when they had to in the two-minute drill. I can't fault our defense. They tried their best … we all tried. It probably would have been a different game if the offense had started out quicker."
FROM DT GARY WALKER: "The offense gave us the points we needed to win. When we go out and play the defense we played, you put a lot of pressure on the DBs (defensive backs). It's like playing seven-on-seven. You can start blaming any one person. I think the offense and special teams played well enough, but we just let them down on the last drive."
FROM OT TODD FORDHAM: "We never gave up. We're not going to give up. I don't care what happens, who says what or who points what fingers, this team won't give up. We'll never get down on each other and we'll stick together as a team. As long as we do that, we'll find a way to win these close games."
(on if there has been finger pointing on the team) "I don't think on the team, but that's not to say that sometimes things get said in the media and people start pointing fingers at different folks. But we're not going to let it come to that. We win as a team; we lose as a team."
MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is RB Stacey Mack, who scored two touchdowns and had 95 total yards in the Jaguars' 24-21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Mack rushed 13 times for 50 yards and two scores and caught a career-high five passes for 45 yards.
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday, December 9 at Paul Brown Stadium. It will be the first of three straight road games for the Jaguars, as they play four of their final five games on the road. The Jaguars defeated the Bengals 30-13 on November 11 in Jacksonville for their last victory. In seven seasons, the Jaguars have a 8-5 lead in the series and are 2-4 in Cincinnati. The Bengals are 4-6 this season and have lost three straight games.
CENTURY MARK: The Jaguars played in their 100th regular-season game on October 7 and had an overall record of 58-42. That gave them the second-most wins of any modern-era team in its first 100 games and the fourth-best winning percentage.
THE TEAL IS REAL . . . In the last five seasons, the Jaguars' record is tied for the fourth best in the NFL, three games behind the Minnesota Vikings. The Jaguars have won 46 of their last 74 regular-season games (they also won their final five games in 1996).
JAGUARS HAVE THIRD-BEST HOME RECORD AND FOURTH-BEST ROAD RECORD SINCE 1996: The Jaguars went 7-1 at ALLTEL Stadium from 1996 to '99 and are 3-3 this season, giving them a 35-11 record that is tied for the third-best mark at home since the start of the 1996 season. On the road, the Jaguars are tied with the the fourth-best record and they are one of only six NFL teams with a better-than-.500 mark on the road dating back to November 24, 1996.
JAGUARS SCORE ON THE GROUND … In the last five seasons, the Jaguars have rushed for 84 touchdowns, tied for the most in the NFL.
… AND STOP THEIR OPPONENTS: In the last five seasons, the Jaguars have allowed only 60 rushing TDs, the NFL's fifth-best mark.
JAGUARS HAVE BALANCED OFFENSE ... Although the Jaguars are often referred to as a passing team, in reality they have a balanced attack that features the run. In the last four seasons, the Jaguars have rushed for 7,086 yards on the ground, the sixth most in the NFL, and they are the only team to have more than 2,000 yards rushing each of the three seasons from 1998 to 2000. And, over the past six seasons, the Jaguars have the seventh-most passing yards in the NFL.
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, and teammate Keenan McCardell is fifth. They are the only wide receiver tandem in NFL history to have 400 receptions each over a five-year span. The two receivers are close friends, with McCardell nicknamed "Thunder" and Smith called "Lightning." Smith was the NFL leader in 1999 with 116 receptions - the sixth most in a season in NFL history - and he easily broke the team record of 85 set in 1996 and '97 by McCardell. Smith has a total of 542 career receptions, while McCardell has 537.
... AND SMITH LEADS ALL RECEIVERS IN YARDAGE: Over the last six seasons, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has amassed more receiving yardage than any receiver in the NFL, and teammate Keenan McCardell is ninth.
SMITH HAS MORE RECEPTIONS THAN 10 OF 17 HALL OF FAME RECEIVERS: Even though he is in only his seventh season as a Jaguar, Jimmy Smith already has more receptions and receiving yards than 10 of the 17 receivers who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
SMITH'S LAST FIVE SEASONS SURPASSED ONLY BY RICE: From 1996 through 2000, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith caught 450 passes for 6,599 yards. No other receiver in NFL history - except for future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice - has caught more passes for more yards in any five-year period.
In three different five-year periods, Rice had more catches and more receiving yards than Smith's totals. In addition to Rice, only three other players ever caught more passes in a five-year period than Smith, but they always had fewer yards receiving. Similarly, one other player ever had more receiving yards but fewer receptions than Smith.
The three players who had more receptions but fewer yards in a five-year period were: Cris Carter (three times: 1993-1997, 515, 6,379; 1994-1998, 507, 5,870; and 1995-1999, 475, 5,858), Herman Moore (1994-1998, 487, 6,431), and Tim Brown (1995-1999, 454, 6,210). The only player who had more yards receiving but fewer receptions in a five-year period was Michael Irvin (1991-1995, 449, 7,093).
SMITH HAS FIVE STRAIGHT 1,000-YARD SEASONS: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark receiving five straight seasons, a feat accomplished by only six other players in NFL history and which ties him for fifth all time behind Jerry Rice (11 straight 1,000-yard seasons), Tim Brown and Cris Carter (8 straight), and Lance Alworth (7 straight).
SMITH AND McCARDELL SET NFL RECORD: Jaguars WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell hold the NFL record with nine games in which both players have had 100 yards receiving in the same game.
THE ORIGINAL THUNDER AND LIGHTNING: Jaguars WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell are only the sixth tandem in NFL history to each have 1,000 yards receiving in the same season three different years.
TAYLOR TIED WITH FIFTH-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FOUR YEARS: Despite missing 18 full games and parts of nine others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor is tied with the fifth-most touchdowns over the last four seasons.
HOLLIS IS NFL'S SIXTH-MOST ACCURATE FIELD GOAL KICKER EVER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis is the sixth-most-accurate field goal kicker in NFL history in the regular season (he is also the second-most accurate in the postseason). In 2001, Hollis is 8 for 14, giving him a career accuracy mark of 81.28.
HOLLIS IS 11TH-LEADING ACTIVE SCORER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has scored 725 career points in his seven seasons in the NFL, which ranks 11th among active players.
HOLLIS IS MOST ACCURATE 50-YARD KICKER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has connected on 10 of his 14 field goals over 50 yards in his seven-year career, and his .714 percentage is the best among the NFL's active placekickers.
BRUNELL HAS EIGHTH-BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the 10th-best career winning percentage of active quarterbacks (minimum 20 wins). Also, in the last seven seasons, Brunell has the most victories of any quarterback other than Green Bay's Brett Favre.
BRUNELL ON CENTRAL TIME: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the NFL's second-best division record as a starter among active quarterbacks. Since joining the Jaguars in 1995, Brunell has compiled a 33-18 (.647) record as a starter against the AFC Central. Following are the top four active quarterbacks in career division win percentage (minimum 25 starts):
Quarterback Record Pct.
Brett Favre 50-27-0 .649
Mark Brunell 33-18-0 .647
Steve McNair 28-16-0 .636
Randall Cunningham 44-25-1 .636
BRUNELL'S TOUCHDOWN TARGETS: Mark Brunell has thrown 117 TD passes in seven seasons in Jacksonville. Here are the 18 players who have caught them: Jimmy Smith (35), Keenan McCardell (22), Damon Jones (11), Willie Jackson (10), Pete Mitchell (7), Kyle Brady (5), James Stewart (5), Fred Taylor (4), Ernest Givins (3), Cedric Tillman (3), Alvis Whitted (3), Andre Rison (2), Derek Brown (1), Ty Hallock (1), Desmond Howard (1), Natrone Means (1), R. Jay Soward (1), RB Elvis Joseph (1) and RB Stacey Mack (1)
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: After 10 games, the Jaguars are 26th in the NFL in total offense (27th rushing, 18th passing), and they are 23rd in defense (18th rushing and 21st passing). They have allowed only 172 points, an average of 17.2 per game that is the fourth-lowest in the AFC. … The offense is tied for 11th in the AFC with 171 first downs but last in the conference in third-down percentage (33 of 113, 29.2 percent). The defense is 14th in allowing 199 first downs and is 14th in the AFC in opponent's third-down conversions (64 of 149, 43.0 percent). … The Jaguars are even on the turnover table, eighth in the AFC. … Jacksonville's 31 sacks is tied for second in the AFC and tied for fourth in the NFL. … The Jaguars are third in the AFC with a 58.3 percent rate on scoring touchdowns inside the red zone (14 of 24). Defensively, the Jaguars are fifth in the AFC with opponents scoring touchdowns on 48.3 percent of red zone opportunities (14 of 29). … PK Mike Hollis is 15th among AFC kickers in scoring with 44 points. … QB Mark Brunell is third in the AFC in passing with a 90.2 rating. … WR Jimmy Smith is tied for second in the AFC with 70 receptions, and his 850 receiving yards is fifth. … WR Keenan McCardell is 10th in the AFC with 451 catches, and his 616 yards ranks 13th. … Despite starting just five games, Stacey Mack is 17th in the AFC in rushing with 410 yards. … Chris Hanson is third in the AFC with a 45.1 gross punting average and first in the AFC and second in the NFL with a 38.3 net average. … Damon Gibson is eighth in the AFC with a 9.2-yard average on punt returns.
STATS AND SUCH: Mark Brunell is 54-39 as a starter in regular-season games, 58-43 overall. He has won more games under head coach Tom Coughlin than any current NFL quarterback under his head coach. … PK Mike Hollis has scored in 87 consecutive regular-season games in which he has played (and all eight in the playoffs). He has 725 points in his seven years with the Jaguars. … Of the Jaguars' 194 completed passes in 2001, 140 have been to wide receivers, 26 to tight ends and 28 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 1 for 8 on fourth-down conversions this season; their opponents are 2 for 8. … A total of 12 players (seven on offense and five on defense) have started all nine games this year: WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell, TE Kyle Brady, OT Maurice Williams, Gs Brad Meester and Zach Wiegert, C Jeff Smith, DE Renaldo Wynn, DTs Seth Payne and Gary Walker, CB Aaron Beasley and FS Marlon McCree. … The offense has used nine different starting lineup combinations in 10 games, and the defense has also had a different starting lineup in nine of the 10 games. … The Jaguars have had 7 plays of 30 or more yards this season. They had 26 plays of 30-plus yards in 2000, 23 in 1999, 29 in 1998, 22 in 1997, 26 in 1996 and 12 in 1995. WR Jimmy Smith is the leader, with 51 of the 143 total plays of 30 or more yards. … On 24 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 14 touchdowns and 2 field goals (and 8 drives with no points). Their opponents have had 29 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 14 touchdowns and 10 field goals. … Jaguars opponents have begun 26 possessions inside their own 20 and they scored on three of those drives (three field goals). The Jaguars have begun 30 possessions inside their own 20 and have scored on five of those drives (four touchdowns and a field goal). … The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 35 points, while their opponents have scored 23 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … In seven seasons, the Jaguars are 13 for 20 on two-point conversions (0 for 1 in 2001), while their opponents are 5 for 21 (0 for 2 in 2001). … In seven seasons, the Jaguars have a winning record in every month except October. They are 1-0 in August, 14-12 in September, 12-16 in October, 17-10 in November, 14-9 in December and 1-0 in January. … In 2001, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the second (55-54) and third quarters (69-31) and have been outscored in the first quarter (13-33) and fourth quarter (33-56).
The average age of the 53-man roster as of November 26 is 25.90 years old. There were 26 players 25 or younger, 22 players between 26 and 29 years old, and five players 30 or older. The youngest player is OT Maurice Williams (22 years, 10 months); the oldest player is MLB Hardy Nickerson (36 years, 2 months). … There are 10 rookies on the 53-man roster, including five of the 10 draft choices (DT Marcus Stroud, OT Maurice Williams, LB Eric Westmoreland, S James Boyd and S Marlon McCree), as well as undrafted rookies FB Patrick Washington, TE Ryan Prince, RB Elvis Joseph, OT Patrick Venzke and OT Derrick Chambers (one other draft pick is on the practice squad). … More than half of the players (37) have four years or less of NFL experience, and five players are in their eighth season or more. … There are 20 players who are new to the team, and 33 who were with the team before the 2001 season. In addition to the 10 rookies, the other 10 new players are: WR Sean Dawkins, WR Damon Gibson, P Chris Hanson and Joe Zelenka (veteran free agents); MLB Joseph Tuipala and DB Renard Cox (first-year free agents) and S Ainsley Battles, RB Frank Moreau, LB Jeff Posey and QB Roderick Robinson (waivers). … The Jaguars have 10 players who were first-round selections in the college draft, including seven of their own picks: WR Sean Dawkins (1993, Indianapolis), OT Tony Boselli (1995, Jaguars), TE Kyle Brady (1995, N.Y. Jets), LB Kevin Hardy (1996, Jaguars), DT Renaldo Wynn (1997, Jaguars), RB Fred Taylor (1998, Jaguars), S Donovin Darius (1998, Jaguars), CB Fernando Bryant (1999, Jaguars), WR R. Jay Soward (2000, Jaguars) and DT Marcus Stroud (2001, Jaguars).
WR Jimmy Smith has played in 105 of the 106 games in Jaguars history, and PK Mike Hollis is second with 102 games. … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by WR Keenan McCardell (37), followed by G Brad Meester (26). … Seven players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: MLB Hardy Nickerson (203), WR Sean Dawkins (134), WR Keenan McCardell (126), WR Jimmy Smith (112), DT Gary Walker (103), TE Kyle Brady (102) and PK Mike Hollis (102). … Nickerson leads with 179 career starts, followed by Dawkins (109). … QB Mark Brunell has started 93 games for the Jaguars, followed by OT Tony Boselli (90), WR Keenan McCardell (87), WR Jimmy Smith (84) and LB Kevin Hardy (83).