Jaguars placekicker Mike Hollis has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Jaguars' 40-13 victory over the New York Giants last Sunday. He is the first player on the team to receive such an honor this season, and he received it for the second time in his career.
Hollis tied his personal best by scoring 16 points in the game, two shy of the team single-game record of 18 points. He kicked four field goals in four attempts, including a 52-yarder than was one-yard short of his career best. He also kicked five of his eight kickoffs into the end zone, three of them for touchbacks, and he made a tackleon another kickoff return.
"Mike had the best performance of his career on kickoffs in the Giants game. He had an outstanding day," said Jaguars special teams coordinator Larry Pasquale. "This has been in the works for a while. He has been working religiously on his kickoffs and has made great strides. And on field goals he is getting closer and closer to the consistency on what you need for each kick to be successful."
Through two games, the Jaguars rank second in the NFL in total offense (13th rushing, fourth passing) behind New England, and they rank 11th in defense (second rushing and 23rd passing)... Their 68 points scored is second in the league and just four behind the Patriots... They rank fourth in the AFC in red zone scoring, with five touchdowns in seven possessions inside the 20 (as well as two field goals). Defensively, the Jaguars rank 11th, allowing three TDs in five possions (and two field goals)... The team ranks seventh on kickoffs, with its opponents starting each drive on the 26.5-yard line... WR Jimmy Smith is seventh with 10 first downs. James Stewart has eight and Natrone Means has seven... QB Steve Matthews ranks first in the AFC in fourth-quarter passing (109.2 rating), and he is sixth in third-down passing (83.9)... Stewart and Smith rank one-two in the AFC in third down receptions (Stewart has six; Smith has five)... The Jaguars rank fifth in the NFL in third down percentage (11 of 23, 47.8 percent)... The Jaguars rank fourth in the AFCin opponent's third-down conversions (9 of 25, 36 percent) and have allowed just 1 of 2 on fourth downs... The Jaguars' plus-4 difference in turnovers-takeaways is tied for the best in the NFL with three other teams.