Sunday, September 23, 2001, 1:00 p.m. EDT
ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.
THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars take to the field again this Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans at 1:00 p.m. EDT at ALLTEL Stadium. The Jaguars were not in action last Sunday after the NFL decided not to play following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
The Jaguars are riding a victory in their season opener for the sixth straight season, having defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-3 on September 9. The Titans lost their first game to the Miami Dolphins. The clash with the Titans renews a rivalry that began in 1995 and intensified in 1999 when Tennessee defeated Jacksonville three times on the way to their first trip to the Super Bowl, while stopping the Jaguars from going to the NFL title game. Last season, the two games were split, with the home team winning each game. The Jaguars have won four of their last five games against AFC Central teams. They are 13-11 in September, going 13-7 since their 0-4 start in '95. Because of the cancelled game against Chicago, the Jaguars will play their first three games at ALLTEL Stadium, where their 33-8 record is the third-best in the NFL since 1997.
After missing the playoffs last season for the first time in five years, the Jaguars are looking to re-join the league's elite teams, and they bristle at suggestions that their window of opportunity has closed. "I don't think we have to prove anything to anybody," said quarterback Mark Brunell after the victory over Pittsburgh. "We have 16 starters back from our AFC Championship game appearance in 1999. I could throw names at you guys, but all we hear about is the no-names and that we're not what we used to be. I checked out there today, and there's still Keenan McCardell, Jimmy Smith, Kyle Brady, the Big Sofa (Damon Jones), Fred Taylor, Tony Boselli … the list goes on. And then I could go to the defensive side. So to hear that we don't have any talent or that we're not what we used to be, that's ridiculous."
Jacksonville's opening day roster featured 18 new players (five draft picks, three undrafted rookies, seven veterans and three new first-year players). But the team still retains the same core group of players that advanced to the AFC Championship game two seasons ago - eight starters on offense and eight on a defense that allowed the fewest points in the league.
Jacksonville's 7-9 record during 2000 marked the team's first losing season since its inaugural year of 1995. Still, in the last four seasons, the Jaguars have the second-best record in the NFL. Their 44-21 record in that time is one game behind Minnesota (45-20) and tied with Denver.
TELEVISION BROADCAST: The Jaguars-Titans game will be televised regionally on CBS and locally on WJXT Channel 4, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play and Brent Jones adding analysis.
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 (one hour 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.
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THE OPPONENT: The Tennessee Titans have appeared in the AFC Championship game each of the last two seasons, advancing to the Super Bowl in 1999 after beating Jacksonville, and losing to Baltimore last year. Formerly the Houston Oilers, they 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 2000, they finished 13-3 again and won the AFC Central Division.
THE SERIES: The Jaguars and Titans have split the 12 regular-season games in the series (Tennessee also won the 1999 AFC Championship game). In the first five years of the series, the home team lost four of the five games. Last season was the first time the home team won both games. In addition, every game in the series but two have been decided by eight or fewer points. 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. Last season, the Titans won 27-13 in Nashville and the Jaguars won 16-13 in Jacksonville.
THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars defeated the Tennessee Titans for the first time in two years with a last-second 16-13 win at ALLTEL Stadium on November 26. Mike Hollis kicked a 38-yard field goal for the victory, as the Jaguars won at home for the first time since September and improved to 5-7 on the season, snapping a five-game losing streak to the Titans. Hollis' field goal was his third of the game, and it capped a 10-play, 61-yard drive that followed a missed 28-yard field goal by Tennessee's Al Del Greco with 3:08 to play. Fred Taylor rushed for 104 yards, his sixth consecutive 100-yard game, and scored the Jaguars' only touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Mark Brunell in the first quarter. The Jaguars held the Titans' Eddie George to 69 yards on 24 carries, though George did set a career high with 109 yards on seven receptions. Jacksonville opened the scoring with a 27-yard field goal by Hollis on their opening drive, and then Tennessee responded with a seven-yard TD run by George prior to Taylor's scoring reception. The two teams then alternated field goals, concluding with Hollis' game-winner with no time left on the clock.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE TITANS WOULD: Give them a 2-0 record for the first time in two years and fourth time ever. It would also be their second straight win over the Titans for a 7-6 record in the series. A win would also give the Jaguars a 36-18 record vs. the AFC Central, including 21-7 at home.
INJURY UPDATE: Three players had been listed as out for the cancelled Chicago game: DE Tony Brackens (knee), RB Elvis Joseph (hamstring) and S Donovin Darius (hip). Listed as questionable were: LB Eric Westmoreland (knee) and C John Wade (foot). The injury report will be updated on Wednesday.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin (57-40 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).
Jeff Fisher has led the Titans to an NFL-best 26-6 regular-season record, an AFC Championship, and an AFC Central Division title during the last two seasons. He also owns the franchise record for victories by a head coach (61), surpassing Bum Phillips last season, and is the fourth youngest NFL head coach (since 1960) to reach the 50-win plateau. Last year, Fisher became only the fifth head coach to lead his team to consecutive 13-win seasons. He joined the Oilers in 1994 as the defensive coordinator and replaced Jack Pardee as interim head coach for the final six games of that season. He was named full-time head coach in 1995. Fisher served as defensive backs coach for San Francisco (1992-93) and defensive coordinator for the Rams (1991). He began his coaching career with Philadelphia (1986), where he coached defensive backs until he became the youngest defensive coordinator in 1988. 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 Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott and Dennis Smith.
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 fourth-best record of all current NFL coaches in division games and the sixth-best record in home games.
JACKSONVILLE-TENNESSEE CONNECTIONS: Jaguars DT Gary Walker played for the Oilers from 1995 to '98, and G Aaron Koch was signed from the Titans' practice squad early last season … Titans LB Eddie Robinson started 28 games for the Jaguars in 1996 and '97. … Five Jaguars have ties to the state of Tennessee: QB Jonathan Quinn (Nashville, Middle Tennessee State), C/G Jeff Smith (Decatur, University of Tennessee), CB Fernando Bryant (Murfreesboro, Riverdale High), S Ainsley Battles (Vanderbilt) and LB Eric Westmoreland (Jasper, University of Tennessee)… Eight Titans have ties to the state of Florida: DE Kevin Carter (Tallahassee, University of Florida), TE Erron Kinney (University of Florida), CB Samari Rolle (Miami, Florida State), C Kevin Long (Florida State), DE Jevon Kearse (Ft. Myers, University of Florida) and G Zack Piller (Tallahassee, University of Florida). … Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin and special teams coordinator Frank Gansz were on the Philadelphia Eagles' coaching staff with Titans strength and rehabilitation coach Steve Watterson in 1984 and '85 … Jaguars secondary coach Perry Fewell was the assistant head coach/secondary coach at Vanderbilt from 1995 to '97 … 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 QB Mark Brunell played at Green Bay with Titans P Craig Hentrich in 1993 and '94 … Players who were college teammates include: Jaguars LB Kevin Hardy and Titans OT Brad Hopkins at Illinois; Jaguars DT Larry Smith and Titans CB Samari Rolle and C Kevin Long at Florida State; Jaguars RB Fred Taylor and Titans G Zack Piller, TE Erron Kinney and DE Jevon Kearse at the University of Florida; Jaguars WR Alvis Whitted and Titans WR Chris Coleman at North Carolina State; Jaguars OT/G Zach Wiegert and Titans CB Michael Booker at Nebraska; Jaguars SS Donovin Darius and OT Mark Baniewicz (on I.R.) and Titans LB Keith Bulluck at Syracuse; Jaguars CB Aaron Beasley and Titans DT John Thornton at West Virginia; Jaguars QB Jonathan Quinn and Titans OT Barry Hall at Middle Tennessee State; Jaguars DE Renaldo Wynn and Titans P Craig Hentrich at Notre Dame; and Jaguars C/G Jeff Smith and Titans CB DeRon Jenkins at Tennessee.
JAGUARS VS. TITANS: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has nine starts (5-4) and 11 finishes in the 12 regular-season games. He has completed 167 of 275 passes (60.7 percent) for 1,897 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. (Brunell was 19 of 38 for 226 yards, one TD and two INTs in the 1999 AFC Championship game.) ... Titans QB Steve McNair is 132 of 228 (57.9 percent) for 1,864 yards, 11 TDs and seven interceptions. He has also rushed 43 times for 265 yards and no TDs. (He was 14 of 23 for 112 yards, one TD and an INT in the 1999 AFC Championship game.) ... Titans backup QB Neil O'Donnell, who has played in six games and started four games against the Jaguars with three different AFC Central Division teams (1995 Pittsburgh, 1998 Cincinnati, 1999 Tennessee), has completed 93 of 164 passes (56.7 percent) for 1,032 yards, six TDs and three INTs. … In five regular-season games, Fred Taylor has rushed 105 times for 418 yards and four TDs, with three 100-yard games. … Titans RB Eddie George has 194 carries for 866 yards and six TDs. … Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has 47 catches for 715 yards, two TDs and four 100-yard games. ... Jaguars WR Keenan McCardell has 42 receptions for 542 yards, three TDs and one 100-yard game. ... Titans TE Frank Wycheck has 41 catches for 435 yards and three TDs. … Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has played in all 12 games in the series, making 21of 24 field goal attempts and all 22 extra point tries for 85 points.
LAST GAME: The Jaguars won their season opener for the sixth straight year 21-3 over the Pittsburgh Steelers at ALLTEL Stadium on September 9. The Jaguars scored all 21 of their points in the second quarter, and then a strong defense took over, holding a Pittsburgh team without a touchdown for the fourth time in the last six games between the two teams. Mark Brunell threw three touchdown passes - two to Jimmy Smith and one to Damon Jones - and Fred Taylor rushed for 96 yards in the win. Smith and Keenan McCardell both started the game, each of them after making fast recoveries from abdominal surgeries. McCardell caught a pass on the first play of the game, and Smith had eight receptions for 126 yards. Kevin Hardy led the defense with 12 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defensed. Brunell marked his 10th consecutive game with at least one touchdown pass. Following a Steelers field goal on the second play of the second quarter, the Jaguars drove 74 yards in six plays, culminating in the first Brunell-Smith score, a 34-yard pass in the corner of the end zone after Smith broke off his route on a Brunell scramble. On Pittsburgh's next possession, Donovin Darius partially blocked Josh Miller's punt and the Jaguars took over at midfield. Eight plays later, Brunell threw 15 yards to Smith for a 14-3 lead. Hardy Nickerson then forced a fumble that was recovered by rookie Marlon McCree, and the Jaguars took over at the Pittsburgh 23-yard line. Brunell hooked up with Damon Jones for 22 yards, then on the next play found Jones over the middle in the end zone for a one-yard score and the team's third TD of the period. The Jaguars went to ball control in the second half, when a steady downpour forced them to play conservative and not turn the ball over.
NOTES FROM THE STEELERS GAME: The Jaguars' 21 points in the second quarter was the team's second-most ever in the quarter; the team record is 28 on 11/1/98 at Baltimore. … The Jaguars had no turnovers and four takeaways for an NFL-best plus-4 ratio. The Steelers' five fumbles tied a Jaguars record for most fumbles by an opponent (also: Kansas City on 11/9/97 and Baltimore on 11/1/98). … With his first touchdown, Jimmy Smith broke the team's career record of 38 touchdowns scored that he shared with James Stewart. Smith now has 40 TDs. He had the 30th 100-yard receiving game of his career (the Jaguars are 22-8 in those games). And it marked his fifth game with two or more TD catches. … Mark Brunell completed 15 of 26 passes for 198 yards, three TDs and no interceptions. His passer rating of 120.4 is the seventh highest of his career. His team-record streak of 10 straight games with at least one TD pass began on October 22, 2000 vs. Washington. Brunell has now thrown 138 consecutive passes without an interception, dating back to November 26, 2000 vs. Tennessee, the third-longest streak in team history. He also has not been intercepted in his last five games, also tying his team record. Brunell has thrown three or more touchdowns 11 times, but it marked the second time he has thrown three TDs in a half and the first time he did in the first half (the other time was the second half vs. Indianapolis on 12/10/95). … Fred Taylor rushed for 96 yards on 24 carries. However, his streaks of having scored a touchdown in eight straight games and having a rushing TD in four straight games were ended. Over his past 11 games, Taylor averages 123.6 rushing yards per game, including nine 100-yard games … Keenan McCardell started only 24 days after undergoing hernia surgery. He extended his streak to 34 straight games with at least one reception. … Smith tied Bryan Barker's team record of having played in 96 games, the most of any player in franchise history. … Hardy made his 50th consecutive start, extending his team record. … Donovin Darius made the seventh interception of his career, moving into a tie for third place on the team's all-time list. Hardy Nickerson had his second interception as a Jaguar and 10th of his career. … Kevin Hardy's two sacks matched his career high set on 11/7/99 at Atlanta.
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will play at home for the third consecutive game when they host the Cleveland Browns at 4:15 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 30 at ALLTEL Stadium. The Jaguars have never lost to the Browns, having swept them in their inaugural season of 1995 and each of the last two seasons, when the Browns were an expansion team themselves. The Browns are now coached by Butch Davis, formerly the head coach at Miami (Fla.).
THE TEAL IS REAL . . . In the last five seasons, the Jaguars' record is the second best in the NFL, one game behind the Minnesota Vikings and tied with the Denver Broncos. The Jaguars have won 44 of their last 65 regular-season games (they also won their final five games in 1996).
JAGUARS HAVE THIRD-BEST HOME RECORD AND BEST ROAD RECORD SINCE 1996: The Jaguars went 7-1 at ALLTEL Stadium from 1996 to '99 and are 1-0 this season, giving them a 33-8 record for the third-best mark at home since the start of the 1996 season. On the road, the Jaguars are tied with the best record and they are one of only four NFL teams with a better-than-.500 mark on the road dating back to November 24, 1996.
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. Lifetime, McCardell has a total of 487 career receptions, while Smith has 480.
... 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'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. Here's a look:
PLAYER YEARS REC YARDS
Jerry Rice 1990-1994 474 6,911
Jerry Rice 1991-1995 496 7,257
Jerry Rice 1992-1996 524 7,305
Jimmy Smith 1996-2000 450 6,599
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's career totals of 472 receptions for 6,887 yards are more than six of 17 receivers already inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he has been a starter for only the last four-and-a-half seasons.
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 set an NFL record on November 12, 2000 vs. Seattle when they both had 100 yards receiving in the same game for the eighth time (the record has since been tied by Minnesota's Cris Carter and Randy Moss). That broke the league mark they shared with Don Maynard and George Sauer of the New York Jets, who combined for 100-yard games seven times in the 1960s.
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 THIRD-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FOUR YEARS: Despite missing 10 full games and parts of eight others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor is tied with the third-most touchdowns over the last four seasons.
HOLLIS IS NFL'S THIRD-MOST ACCURATE FIELD GOAL KICKER EVER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis is the third-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 0 for 1, giving him a career accuracy mark of 82.63.
HOLLIS IS 12TH-LEADING ACTIVE SCORER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has scored 684 career points in six seasons in the NFL, which ranks 12th among active players.
HOLLIS IS MOST ACCURATE 50-YARD KICKER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has connected on 10 of his 13 field goals over 50 yards in his six-year career, and his .769 percentage is the best among the NFL's active placekickers.
BRUNELL HAS SIXTH-BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the sixth-best career winning percentage of active quarterbacks (minimum 20 wins). Also, in the last six seasons, Brunell has the second-most victories (48) of any quarterback other than Green Bay's Brett Favre.
BRUNELL ON CENTRAL TIME: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the NFL's best division record as a starter among active quarterbacks. Since joining the Jaguars in 1995, Brunell has compiled a 31-14 (.689) record as a starter against the AFC Central.
BRUNELL'S TOUCHDOWN TARGETS: Mark Brunell has thrown 109 TD passes in seven seasons in Jacksonville. Here are the 17 players who have caught them: Jimmy Smith (32), Keenan McCardell (21), Damon Jones (11), Willie Jackson (10), Pete Mitchell (7), James Stewart (5), Fred Taylor (4), Ernest Givins (3), Cedric Tillman (3), Alvis Whitted (3), Kyle Brady (3), Andre Rison (2), Derek Brown (1), Ty Hallock (1), Desmond Howard (1), Natrone Means (1) and R. Jay Soward (1).
STATS AND SUCH: Mark Brunell is 52-33 as a starter in regular-season games, 56-37 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 78 consecutive regular-season games in which he has played (and all eight in the playoffs). He has 684 points in his seven years with the Jaguars. … Of the Jaguars' 15 completed passes in 2001, 9 have been to wide receivers, 5 to tight ends and 1 to a running back. … The Jaguars are 0 for 1 on fourth-down conversions this season; their opponents are 1 for 3. … The Jaguars have had 1 play 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. … On 4 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 2 TDs and 0 FGs (and 2 drives with no points). Their opponents have 1 trip inside the red zone and did not score. … Jaguars opponents have begun 2 possessions inside their own 20 and they scored on none of those drives. The Jaguars have begun 1 possession inside their own 20 and have not scored. … The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 7 points, while their opponents have scored 0 points because the Jaguars have yet to have a turnover. … In seven seasons, the Jaguars are 13 for 19 on two-point conversions (0 for 0 in 2001), while their opponents are 5 for 19 (0 for 0 in 2001). … In seven seasons, the Jaguars have a winning record in every month except October. They are 1-0 in August, 13-11 in September, 12-13 in October, 16-7 in November, 14-9 in December and 1-0 in January. … In 2001, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the second quarter (21-3) and neither team has scored in the other three quarters.
The average age of the 53-man roster as of September 17 is 25.42 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 S Delvin Brown (22 years old on Monday); the oldest player is MLB Hardy Nickerson (36 years). … There are nine 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 S Delvin Brown, FB Patrick Washington, WR Randal Williams and RB Elvis Joseph (two other draft picks are on the practice squad). … More than half of the players (36) have four years or less of NFL experience, and five players are in their eighth season or more. … There are 18 players who are new to the team, and 35 who were with the team before the 2001 season. In addition to the nine rookies, the other nine new players are: WR Sean Dawkins, WR Damon Gibson, P Chris Hanson and Joe Zelenka (veteran free agents); MLB Joseph Tuipala, (first-year free agent) and S Ainsley Battles, RB Frank Moreau, QB Phil Stambaugh and G/OT Steve Zahursky (waivers). … The Jaguars have nine 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) and DT Marcus Stroud (2001, Jaguars), as well as WR R. Jay Soward (2000, Jaguars, on reserve/suspended list).
One game into their seventh season, no longer has at least one player played in every Jaguars game, since P Bryan Barker is now with Washington. WR Jimmy Smith has played in 96 of the 97 games, and PK Mile Hollis is second with 93 games. … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by WLB Kevin Hardy (team-record 50), followed by OT Tony Boselli (36) and S Donovin Darius (33). … Four players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: MLB Hardy Nickerson (195), WR Sean Dawkins (125), WR Keenan McCardell (117) and WR Jimmy Smith (103). … Nickerson leads with 172 career starts, followed by Dawkins (106). … OT Tony Boselli has started 88 games for the Jaguars, followed by QB Mark Brunell (85), WR Keenan McCardell (78) and WR Jimmy Smith and LB Kevin Hardy (75).