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Game 7:Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans

Sunday, October 26, 2003, 1:00 p.m. EST

ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Local Television: Regionally on CBS and locally on WTEV Ch. 47 (Ch. 6 cable),

Ian Eagle (play by play) and Solomon Wilcots (color analyst)

Local Radio:WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network,

Brian Sexton (play by play), Jeff Lageman (color analyst) and Ryan Elijah (field reporter)

THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars return to action this Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans at ALLTEL Stadium. Kickoff for this AFC South Division meeting is at 1:00 p.m. EST. This will be the Jaguars' third straight home game.

The Jaguars are coming off their bye week, whereas the Titans played last weekend, defeating the previously undefeated Carolina Panthers 37-17. Tennessee is 5-2 this season. In their first eight seasons, the Jaguars are 5-3 in games played following their bye week. The Jaguars will face the Titans twice in the next four weeks, and three of the Jaguars' next four games are against division rivals from the AFC South.

"We're energized and back at work. Our players are excited about playing the last 10 games of the season," said Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. "The Titans are the most successful team in the conference over the last five years, so we have a great challenge ahead of us. This is a division game and we hope to make it a great rivalry in the future, but we have to earn that. They are clearly the team we will have to beat to have success in Jacksonville. We have some ground to close and we have to take a step forward toward closing that ground on Sunday."

The Jaguars are 1-5 this season. In their last game on October 12, they lost to the Miami Dolphins 24-10. However, the game showed the makings of a sturdy defense that held the Dolphins to 234 yards on offense — the lowest total by a Jaguars opponent in two seasons. The Dolphins scored 17 points off Jaguars turnovers and their other seven points off their own fumble. This will be the 17th time the Jaguars have faced the Titans (or their predecessors the Houston Oilers) during the regular season, the most they have played any team. They have also met once in the postseason. Tennessee holds a 9-7 lead in the series.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are still available for all remaining games. Fans can call 1-877-4-JAGS-TIX or (904) 633-2000 or buy tickets online at jaguars.com.

THE OPPONENT: Formerly the Houston Oilers, the Tennessee Titans were a charter member of the American Football League, starting play in 1960. They won the first two AFL championships behind the passing of George Blanda to Charlie Hennigan, then lost the 1962 AFL title game. Behind the running of future Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell, the Oilers advanced to conference championship games in 1978 and '79. They struggled again for a number of years, then advanced to the playoffs every season from 1987 to '93, though losing in the first round of the playoffs five times and then falling to 2-14 in 1994. In 1995, they rebounded to a 7-9 record under coach Jeff Fisher, and were 8-8 for three straight seasons before their 13-3 mark in 1999. The Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1997 and played in Memphis for a season before moving to Nashville and playing at Vanderbilt in 1998. In 1999, the Titans appeared in the AFC Championship game and advanced to the Super Bowl after beating Jacksonville. In 2000, they finished 13-3 again and won the AFC Central Division, before slipping to 7-9 in 2001. In 2002, they finished 11-5, winning the AFC South and advancing to the AFC Championship game before falling to Oakland. This season, they are 5-2 and in second place in the AFC South.

THE SERIES: The two teams have played 16 games, with the Titans holding a 9-7 series lead (Tennessee also won the 1999 AFC Championship game). In the first five years of the series, the home team lost eight of the 10 games, and then in 2000 and 2001, the home team won both games until 2002 when the Titans swept the series. The Oilers won 10-3 in the Jaguars' inaugural game in 1995, and then the Jaguars got their first win in franchise history on October 1, 1995 by a score of 17-16 in the Astrodome. In 1996, the Oilers won 34-27 in Jacksonville and 23-17 in the Astrodome. In '97, Jacksonville won 30-24 in Memphis' Liberty Bowl, and two weeks later won 17-9 at ALLTEL Stadium. In 1998, the Jaguars won 27-22 at Vanderbilt Stadium, and then lost 16-13 later that year in their only home loss of the season. In 1999, the Titans won both regular-season games, 20-19 at ALLTEL Stadium and 41-14 at Adelphia Coliseum, as well as the AFC Championship game 33-14 at Jacksonville. In 2000, the Titans won 27-13 in Nashville and the Jaguars won 16-13 in Jacksonville. In 2001, the Jaguars won 13-6 at ALLTEL Stadium, and the Titans won the rematch 28-24 in Nashville. Last season, the Titans won 23-14 in Nashville and 28-10 in Jacksonville

THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars were defeated by the Tennessee Titans 28-10 on December 22, 2002 at ALLTEL Stadium in their most decisive loss of the year. The loss dropped the team to 6-9 and assured the Jaguars of their third straight losing season. The Titans won in Jacksonville for the first time in three years, jumping out to a 28-3 lead before the Jaguars scored their lone touchdown with eight seconds to play. Mark Brunell suffered a strained hamstring and left the game after the third quarter, and Jimmy Smith and Fred Taylor were sidelined with injuries for a while as the Jaguars failed to mount much momentum on offense. Tennessee scored touchdowns in all four quarters and held the Jaguars to 214 yards, their third-lowest output of the season. Brunell was replaced by David Garrard, who led the team to its only touchdown, a four-yard pass to Jimmy Smith. The Titans rushed for 175 yards, led by Eddie George (89) and Steve McNair (58). Taylor had only 17 yards on three carries, and Smith had just three receptions for 17 yards and a touchdown.

A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE TITANS WOULD: Be their second win of the season and give them a 2-5 record this season. It would give the Jaguars their eighth victory in 17 regular-season games against the Titans and a 2-2 mark at home this year. It would also be Jacksonville's second division win in the AFC South in two seasons.

INJURY UPDATE:Four players are rehabbing from injuries: CB Jason Craft (knee), QB Mark Brunell (elbow), WR Jimmy Redmond (foot) and CB Kiwaukee Thomas (groin). The status of all injured players will be updated on Wednesday.

THE COACHES: Both head coaches had standout playing careers at Southern California, though they missed being teammates by one year. Jeff Fisher played defensive back at USC from 1977 to '80, and Jack Del Rio played linebacker there from 1981 to '84. Mike Holmgren is the only other former Trojan who is currently an NFL head coach.

Jack Del Rio was named Jaguars head coach on January 17, 2003, becoming the second head coach in Jaguars' history. At 40, Del Rio is the second youngest head coach in the NFL (four months older than Jon Gruden). Del Rio spent 11 years as an NFL linebacker and had a standout college career at the University of Southern California. He previously coached in New Orleans (1997-98), Baltimore (1999-2001), and Carolina (2002). He was the Panthers' defensive coordinator, and in his only season with the club the defense improved from 31st in the NFL to second, the biggest one season defensive improvement in NFL history. Del Rio was the linebackers coach for three seasons in Baltimore, where the Ravens' defense also ranked second each season. He helped the team win Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants and coached the Ravens' talented linebackers, overseeing the development of Peter Boulware, Jamie Sharper and Ray Lewis, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV. Prior to coaching, Del Rio played 11 seasons in the NFL, with New Orleans (1985-86), Kansas City (1987-88), Dallas (1989-1991) and Minnesota (1992-95), playing in the Pro Bowl following the 1994 season. Del Rio was a starter at linebacker for Southern California (1981-84), where he earned All-America honors, was a runner-up for the Lombardi Award and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. Del Rio has learned from some of the best coaches in all of football. He was recruited to USC and played for John Robinson, and in the NFL he played under Bum Phillips, Jim Mora, Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Green. As an assistant coach, he has worked for Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and Super Bowl winner Brian Billick, as well as John Fox. Drafted by baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, Del Rio batted .340 while playing catcher on USC's baseball team in 1983 and 1984 with future stars Randy Johnson and Mark McGwire. He was a third-round choice by the New Orleans Saints in 1985 and was named to the NFL's All-Rookie team.

Jeff Fisher is in his ninth full season as the Titans' coach. He posted a record of 80-61 during his first nine seasons (he was an interim coach for the final six games of 1994), reaching the 2002 AFC Championship Game. Fisher led the Titans to the franchise's first AFC championship in 1999 and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIV. He also has guided the Titans to division titles in 2000 and 2002 (the Titans were a Wild-Card playoff team during their Super Bowl run). Fisher owns the franchise record for victories by a head coach, surpassing Bum Phillips in 2000, and he is the fourth-youngest head coach since 1960 to reach the 50-win plateau. He is only the fifth coach in NFL history to lead a team to back-to-back 13-win seasons (1999-2000). Fisher played defensive back for the Chicago Bears (1981-85). He holds club records for punt-return yards in a season (509 in 1981) and punt returns in a season (58 in 1984). His 88-yard punt return for a touchdown in 1981 was the Bears' longest in 39 years. He played at Southern California (1977-1980) with Dennis Smith and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott. Fisher began his coaching career with Philadelphia (1986-1990) before moving on to the Los Angeles Rams (1990) and San Francisco (1992-93).

JACKSONVILLE-TENNESSEE CONNECTIONS: Three Jaguars have ties to the state of Tennessee: TE George Wrighster was born in Memphis, CB Fernando Bryant (Murfreesboro) and DT John Henderson (Nashville, University of Tennessee) … Eight Titans have ties to the state of Florida: DE Kevin Carter (University of Florida, Tallahassee), TE Erron Kinney (University of Florida), CB Samari Rolle (Florida State), DE Jevon Kearse (University of Florida, Fort Myers), CB Tony Beckham (Ocala), G Zack Piller (University of Florida, Tallahassee), G/OT Todd Williams (Florida State, Bradenton) and PK Gary Anderson (Miami) … Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith had a 12-year stint at Tennessee Tech (1987-98), the last three as the defensive coordinator. He played at East Tennessee (1977-81) as a linebacker … Jaguars DL coach Ray Hamilton spent 1992 as an assstant on the University of Tennessee staff … Titans assistant head coach/offense George Henshaw coached at Florida State from 1976 to '82 … Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was the WR coach at Florida from 1983 to '87 and a graduate assistant in 1980 … Jaguars OL coach Paul Boudreau and DL coach Ray Hamilton shared sidelines with Titans WR coach Steve Walters with the New England Patriots in 1997-98 … Jaguars QB Mark Brunell played at Green Bay with Titans P Craig Hentrich in 1993 and '94 … Players who were college teammates include: Jaguars RB Fred Taylor with Titans G Zack Pillar, TE Erron Kinney and DE Jevon Kearse at Florida; Jaguars G Brad Meester and Titans WR Eddie Berlin at Northern Iowa; Jaguars SS Donovin Darius and Titans LB Keith Bulluck at Syracuse; Jaguars DT John Henderson and Titans DT Albert Haynesworth at Tennessee; Jaguars LB Danny Clark and Titans RB Robert Holcombe at Illinois; Jaguars KR/RB David Allen and Titans OT Matt Martin and TE Shad Meier at Kansas State; and Jaguars LB Keith Mitchell and Titans OT Jason Mathews at Texas A&M.

There are eight players on the current Jaguars roster who played in the 1999 AFC Championship game between the two teams: QB Mark Brunell, RB Fred Taylor, WR Jimmy Smith, TE Kyle Brady, DE Tony Brackens and DBs Fernando Bryant, Jason Craft and Donovin Darius.

JAGUARS VS. TITANS: Here are the accumulated statistics for players in the Jaguars-Titans series:

Jaguars QB Mark Brunell – 15 games (6-7 as a starter); 220 of 362 for 2,538 yards, 10 TDs, 14 INTs; 55 rushes for 279 yards, 1 TD; one 300-yard game

Jaguars RB Fred Taylor – 8 games; 133 rushes for 514 yards, 3 TDs; 20 catches for 115 yards, 1 TD; three 100-yard games

Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith – 16 games; 68 receptions for 985 yards, 3 TDs; five 100-yard games

Titans QB Steve McNair – 11 games; 198 of 319 for 2,446 yards, 15 TDs, 7 INTs; 67 rushes for 419 yards, 2 TDs

Titans RB Eddie George – 14 games; 287 carries for 1,105 yards, 8 TDs

Titans TE Frank Wycheck – 17 games; 57 receptions for 548 yards, 3 TDs

LAST GAME:The Jaguars were defeated by the Miami Dolphins 24-10 at ALLTEL Stadium, losing for the fifth time in six games this season. The Dolphins scored 17 of their points off Jaguars turnovers and seven off their own fumble. The Jaguars had five turnovers — three interceptions and two fumbles — which failed to help a strong defensive effort. The Jaguars held the Dolphins to 234 yards, the lowest total for an opponent since the 2001 season. The game was 10-10 in the fourth quarter. Miami scored its winning touchdown after fumbling the ball on the two-yard line on a third-down play. But Randy McMichael picked up the ball and scored, and a replay challenge by the Jaguars upheld the play. With 1:29 left in the game and the Jaguars trying to tie the score, Sam Madison intercepted Byron Leftwich and ran 29 yards for a touchdown. Leftwich, making his third NFL start, scored the Jaguars' only touchdown on an eight-yard run in the third quarter. Miami opened the scoring with 10 points in the first period, including a 14-yard touchdown by Ricky Williams, who was trapped and reversed field, took advantage of a fine block by Jay Fiedler and scored. Seth Marler, who kicked a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter, was wide right on a 31-yard attempt in the fourth quarter that would have cut the Miami lead to 17-13.

NOTES FROM THE DOLPHINS GAME: The loss was the Jaguars' first to the Dolphins, following a win in both the regular season and the postseason and two in the preseason. … Jacksonville is now 5-4 in games before their bye week. … The Jaguars had more first downs (22 to 16), more yards (332 to 234) and more time of possession (32:54 to 27:06). … Miami's 234 yards was the fewest by a Jaguars opponent since Minnesota gained 214 yards on 12/23/01. … The 11 penalties for 149 yards against Miami were the most yards ever allowed by the Dolphins (previous: 143 on 10/1/95 vs. Cincinnati) and the most ever by a Jaguars opponent (previous: 129 by Seattle on 11/12/95). The 11 penalties is tied for the second most by a Jaguars opponent (most: 14 by Cincinnati on 11/26/95). … The Jaguars had five turnovers and two takeaways and are now minus-two for the season. … The Dolphins gained 91 yards on the ground. Jacksonville has the NFL's third-best defensive rush average, allowing only 3.1 yards per carry. … Fred Taylor led the team with 35 yards rushing on 16 carries (season-low 2.2-yard average). … Byron Leftwich completed 24 of 42 passes for 256 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions and a passer rating of 45.3. He had his first NFL rushing touchdown (eight yards). His attempts and completions were both career highs and the most by a Jaguars quarterback since Mark Brunell was 24 of 46 on 10/20/02 at Baltimore. In his first three starts, Byron Leftwich has passed for 823 yards, the third most by a rookie quarterback since the 1970 merger. Vinny Testaverde passed for 871 yards in his first three career starts for Tampa Bay in 1987, followed by Buffalo's Dennis Shaw (868 in 1970). … Fred Taylor had a game-high eight receptions for 64 yards. It marked his most catches in a game since 9/20/98 vs. Kansas City (9), his third game as a pro. … Jimmy Smith caught six passes for a game-high 65 yards. … In his first game with the Jaguars, Mark Royals punted one time for 42 yards (he also was roughed on his first kick and the Jaguars got a first down). … Tony Brackens got the Jaguars' only sack, his fourth of the season. They allowed four sacks. … SLB Akin Ayodele led the team with 10 tackles (5 solo), followed by DT Marcus Stroud with 9 tackles (5 solo). … Jason Craft's interception was his second of the season and seventh of his career. His 21-yard return was a career-long. … Akin Ayodele had a fumble recovery that was forced by Hugh Douglas. … Every player who dressed saw action except QB David Garrard, G/OT Leander Jordan and TE Chris Luzar. The inactive players were: WR Jimmy Redmond, CB Kiwaukee Thomas, CB Blue Adams, LB Keith Mitchell, OT/G Sammy Williams, OL Marques Ogden, WR J.J. Stokes and QB Mark Brunell (third QB). … Jaguars captains were: DT John Henderson, S Donovin Darius, C Brad Meester and S Nick Sorensen.

NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will go on the road for the first time in five weeks when they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday, November 2 at M&T Bank Stadium. This will mark the ninth straight season the Jaguars have met the Ravens (or the predecessors the Cleveland Browns) since 1995, since the teams have met the last two years, even though they are no longer in the same division. The Jaguars hold an 8-5 lead in the series (and were 2-0 against the Browns). This season, the Ravens are 3-3 and in first place in the AFC North.

LEFTWICH THIRD AMONG ROOKIE QUARTERBACKS SINCE 1970: In his three NFL starts, Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich has the third-most passing yards of any NFL quarterback in his first three starts since the 1970 merger.

On Sunday against the Titans, Leftwich needs to pass for 212 yards to have the most passing yards of any quarterback in his first four games since 1970 (Testaverde had 1,034 yards in 1987).

JAGUARS VS. LAST FIVE ENEMY RUSHERS: In the last five games, the Jaguars have held opposing ballcarriers to an average of 51 yards per game and an average of only 2.7 yards per rush. For the season, the Jaguars rank fourth in the NFL in rushing defense (84.7 yards per game) and second in the AFC and tied for third in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt (3.1).

Under head coach Jack Del Rio, the Jaguars' defense has improved from 20th overall in 2002 to 10th this year, and the run defense has improved from 25th a year ago to fourth.

BRADY RANKS NO. 5 AMONG TIGHT ENDS: In the last five seasons, the Jaguars' Kyle Brady has the fifth most receptions of active tight ends.

SMITH 18TH AND 20TH AMONG ALL-TIME RECEIVERS: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith ranks 18th on the NFL's all-time receiving list and 20th in career receiving yards. Smith has 678 career receptions for 9,489 yards.

DOUGLAS IS EIGHTH-LEADING ACTIVE SACKER: Jaguars DE Hugh Douglas ranks eighth among active players in sacks.

TAYLOR HAS SEVENTH-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FIVE YEARS: Despite missing 24 full games and parts of nine others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor has scored the seventh-most touchdowns over the last six seasons among active players.

THE EUROPEAN CONNECTION: Two Jaguars players who spent the spring playing in the NFL Europe League are already making their presence felt.

WR Matthew Hatchette, who led the NFL Europe League in receptions in the spring, is tied as the Jaguars' second-leading receiver through six games, with 15 catches for 203 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

KR David Allen, who was the NFLEL's Special Teams Player of the Year in the spring (breaking the league's kickoff return yardage record with 915 yards), has played in the last four games and is ninth in the AFC with a 23.6-yard average on kickoff returns. He set up the team's only touchdown at Indianapolis with a 61-yard return. He had his first NFL reception of 31 yards against Miami.

MORE TOUCHDOWNS THAN INTERCEPTIONS: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the fifth best ratio of touchdown passes to interceptions in NFL history. In 11 seasons, Brunell has 144 TD passes and only 86 interceptions (none this season). The quarterbacks with the best career touchdown-to-interception ratio (minimum of 100 TD passes):

NEW FACES: There are 28 new faces among the 53 players on the Jaguars' current roster. Here is the breakdown.

Unrestricted Free Agents (4) — DE Hugh Douglas, FB Marc Edwards, LB Keith Mitchell, LB Mike Peterson

Veteran Free Agents (12) — DE Lionel Barnes, S Deke Cooper, WR Troy Edwards, RB Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, WR Matthew Hatchette, LB Deon Humphrey, G Jamar Nesbit, P Mark Royals, S Nick Sorensen, WR J.J. Stokes, CB James Trapp, OT/G Sammy Williams

First-year free agents (1) — RB/KR David Allen

Trade (1) — S Anthony Mitchell

Draft Choices (7) — QB Byron Leftwich, DB Rashean Mathis, G Vince Manuwai, TE George Wrighster, RB LaBrandon Toefield, OT Marques Ogden, CB Blue Adams (signed off Tampa Bay's practice squad)

Undrafted Rookies (3) — CB Chris Brown, WR Cortez Hankton, PK Seth Marler

O-LINE AND D-LINE: For the first time in Jaguars history, the starting offensive line and defensive line have stayed the same for the first six games.

The offensive line of LT Mike Pearson, LG Vince Manuwai, C Brad Meester, RG Chris Naeole and RT Maurice Williams has started all six games, with all of the starters except Manuwai having played every offensive snap (Manuwai has alternated some with backup Jamar Nesbit).

In 1997, the offensive line did not change for the first 10 games of the season (LT Tony Boselli, LG Ben Coleman, C Dave Widell, RG Rich Tylski and RT Leon Searcy). For the 11th game, Michael Cheever moved in at center, and then there were numerous changes the rest of the season due to injuries.

In the franchise's first eight seasons, the defensive line had never gone past the fourth game of the season before the starters changed. This year, the starters — LE Tony Brackens, DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, and RE Hugh Douglas — play 50 to 80 percent of the defensive snaps, while often rotating with backups such as DEs Lionel Barnes and Paul Spicer and DT Rob Meier.

The Jaguars' defense ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing only 84.7 rushing yards per game.

JAGUARS ROOKIE STARTERS ON OPENING DAY: Two members of this year's draft class started the season opener, becoming the 11th and 12th rookies to start for the Jaguars on opening day.

1995 — OT Brian DeMarco, TE Pete Mitchell, RB James Stewart

1996 — LB Kevin Hardy

1997 — None

1998 — S Donovin Darius

1999 — CB Fernando Bryant

2000 — G Brad Meester, DB Kiwaukee Thomas

2001 — S Marlon McCree, OT Maurice Williams

2002 — None

2003 — G Vince Manuwai, S Rashean Mathis

JAGUARS IN THE COMMUNITY: Each Tuesday during the NFL season, Jaguars players are involved in the community making visits to schools and other non-profit agencies. Here are some visits for this week:

Tuesday, October 21

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. OT Maurice Williams will visit with students at St. Clair Evans Academy and talk about the dangers of drug use as part of Red Ribbon Week.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. OL Marques Ogden will talk with students at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School as part of Red Ribbon Week. Ogden will address the students about the dangers of drug use.

10:00 –12:00 p.m. S James Trapp will visit Eugene Butler Middle School to congratulate 25 winning students who attended the Jaguars-Dolphins game. The students were rewarded to a game by showing improvement in their attendance, behavior and schoolwork throughout the week.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. DE Paul Spicer, OT Maurice Williams, FB Marc Edwards and TE/ LS Joe Zelenka will attend a luncheon at the Radisson Hotel as part of the Player Luncheon Series. The players will participate in a Q & A session with members of the audience.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. LB Akin Ayodele and WR Matthew Hatchette will visit the S.O.S Academy Charter Middle School as part of their Week Without Violence campaign, which honors two of the school's football players that were murdered last September.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CB Kiwaukee Thomas and QB Quinn Gray will talk with students at W.E. Cherry Elementary School as part of Red Ribbon Week. The two players will address the students about the dangers of drug use.

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. QB David Garrard and C Brad Meester will participate in the Gateway Community Services, Inc. 25th Anniversary Awards dinner being held in the Terrace Suite at ALLTEL Stadium. The players will join in the celebration of Gateway volunteers who helped make a difference in the lives of those in need.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. FB Marc Edwards will be at the Deerwood Winn-Dixie Marketplace signing autographs to promote the Jaguars annual family food drive.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. S Donovin Darius will address students about character at the University of North Florida as part of their Character Counts program.

Thursday, October 23

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. LBs Akin Ayodele and T.J. Slaughter will meet and greet fans and sign autographs at the Oceanway Plaza Winn-Dixie in Jacksonville.

JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: The Jaguars rank 14th in the NFL in total offense (18th rushing, 9th passing), and they are 10th in defense (4th rushing and 20th passing). … The Jaguars are seventh in the AFC with a 53.3 percent rate on scoring touchdowns inside the red zone (8 of 15). … QB Byron Leftwich is 10th in the AFC in passing with a 78.0 passer rating. … PK Seth Marler is 12th in the AFC with 38 points (11 of 11 PATS, 9 of 14 FGAs). … RB Fred Taylor is tied for 13th in the AFC among non-kickers with 18 points (3 TDs). Taylor is seventh in the AFC with 457 rushing yards and is tied for 13th in the AFC with 28 receptions (second among running backs). He ranks fifth in the conference with 697 yards from scrimmage. … David Allen is ninth in the AFC with a 23.6 average on kickoff returns. … DE Tony Brackens is tied for eighth in the AFC with four sacks.

STATS AND SUCH: A total of 18 players have started every game this season (8 on offense and 10 on defense): OTs Mike Pearson and Maurice Williams, Gs Vince Manuwai and Chris Naeole, C Brad Meester, TE Kyle Brady, RB Fred Taylor, FB Marc Edwards, DEs Tony Brackens and Hugh Douglas, DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, LBs Mike Peterson and Akin Ayodele, CBs Fernando Bryant and Jason Craft, and Ss Donovin Darius and Rashean Mathis.The Jaguars have had nine plays of 30 or more yards in 2003. They had only 16 plays of 30-plus yards in 2002, 11 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 seven 30-plus plays this season… Of the Jaguars' 126 completed passes, 63 have been to wide receivers, 16 to tight ends and 47 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 4 for 9 on fourth-down conversions; their opponents are 3 for 4. … On 15 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored eight touchdowns and five field goals. Their opponents have had 16 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 11 touchdowns and three field goals. … Jaguars opponents have begun eight possessions inside their own 20 and scored on one of those drives (1 TD), while the Jaguars have begun 16 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on four of those drives (3 TDs, 1 FG). … In nine seasons, the Jaguars are 17 for 27 on two-point conversions (0 for 1 in 2003), while their opponents are 7 for 25 (0 for 2 in 2003). … In nine seasons, the Jaguars' record for each month is: 1-0 in August, 16-17 in September, 14-20 in October, 19-12 in November, 18-15 in December and 1-1 in January. … In 2003, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the second quarter (37-21), and have been outscored in the first quarter (10-31), third quarter (33-41) and fourth quarter (30-61). The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 17 points, while their opponents scored 30 points off Jaguars' turnovers. Mark Brunell is 63-54 in 117 regular-season starts, 67-58 overall. Byron Leftwich is 1-2. … WR Jimmy Smith has played in 129 of the 134 games in Jaguars history. Of the current players, next are QB Mark Brunell (120) and DE Tony Brackens (98). … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by C Brad Meester (54), followed by TE Kyle Brady (52) and CB Jason Craft (27). The longest streak of games played is Craft (70), Brady (56), Meester (54) and DT Rob Meier (54). … Eight players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: CB James Trapp (148), WR Jimmy Smith (136), TE Kyle Brady (130), QB Mark Brunell (122), WR J.J. Stokes (115), DE Hugh Douglas (112), WR/KR Jermaine Lewis (102) and FB Marc Edwards (102). … Brady leads with 124 career starts, followed by Brunell (117) and Smith (108).

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