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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-0) vs. BALTIMORE RAVENS (1-1)

Sunday, September 20, 1998, 4:15 p.m. EDT
ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

THIS WEEK: With a 2-0 record for the second straight season, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host their first divisional rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, at 4:15 p.m. EDT Sunday in ALLTEL Stadium. The Jaguars have never lost to the Ravens in four games dating back to 1996, and they also defeated the Cleveland Browns twice in 1995 before that team was moved to Baltimore.

The Jaguars are coming off a 21-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Their victory was their 16th in their last 18 home games dating back to their 1995 inaugural season, as well as their 18th win in their last 23 regular-season games going back to '96. As a franchise, the Jaguars improved to 26-24 in regular-season play over four seasons. The Ravens defeated the New York Jets 24-10 and improved to 1-1 after losing their season opener 20-13 to Pittsburgh.

With back-to-back division games this week and next (at Tennessee), these are the Jaguars' only division games in the first eight weeks of the season. Six of the final nine games will be against division rivals.

TICKET INFORMATION: A limited number of tickets are available. Call (904) 633-2000 for ticket information.

TELEVISION BROADCAST: The game will be televised regionally by CBS and locally by WJXT Channel 4. Don Criqui will call the play-by-play and Beasley Reece will add 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. Sexton and Robinson are in their fourth season together. Robinson, Jennifer Kumik, Vic Ketchman, and Cole Pepper handle the pre-game show, and Pepper and ex-Oakland Raider Pete Banaszak do the post-game show. A total of 21 affiliates in four states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game.

THE OPPONENT: After a 12-year absence, NFL football officially returned to the city of Baltimore on February 9, 1996, when the NFL clubs approved the transfer of Art Modell's franchise from Cleveland to Baltimore. Now owner of the Ravens, Modell's previous franchise competed in 20 postseason contests, including four NFL Championship games, three AFC Championship games and a victory in the 1964 NFL title game. They played the 1996 and '97 seasons in old Memorial Stadium but moved into a new downtown stadium this season. The Ravens went 5-11 in 1996 and 6-9-1 in '97, finishing last in the AFC Central Division both years. In the offseason, the Ravens traded for QB Jim Harbaugh, signed unrestricted free agent Rod Woodson and drafted CB Duane Starks and WR Patrick Johnson.

THE SERIES: The Jaguars and Ravens have played four times, with the Jaguars winning all four games. The Jaguars won last year's season opener 28-27 on August 31 and then won the rematch at ALLTEL Stadium 29-27 on November 30. Jacksonville also swept the 1996 series, winning 30-27 in Jacksonville on November 10 and 28-25 in overtime in Baltimore two weeks later. In addition, the Jaguars defeated the Ravens' forerunners, the Cleveland Browns, twice in 1995, as they became the first expansion team since the 1966 Miami Dolphins to sweep an opponent.

THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars defeated the Ravens 29-27 on November 30, 1997. Mike Hollis scored a career-high 17 points on the strength of five field goals as the Jaguars struggled in the red zone, scoring just one touchdown in five trips but also coming away with four three-pointers. Mark Brunell passed for a season-high 317 yards, and Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith had 97 and 93 receiving yards, respectively, as Jacksonville fought back from a 14-3 deficit early in the second quarter. But, after taking a 29-14 lead, the Jaguars watched Baltimore score two fourth-quarter touchdowns to narrow the margin to 29-27 as the Ravens lined up for a two-point conversion with 1:10 remaining. Baltimore quarterback Eric Zeier was stopped on a quarterback draw, and the Jaguars recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock. The victory was the Jaguars' ninth of the season and their first ever with a negative turnover ratio.

A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE RAVENS WOULD: Mark their second straight season with victories in their first three games and match their best start ever. It would also be their 19th victory in their last 24 regular-season games dating back to 1996 and their 17th win in their last 19 home games.

INJURY UPDATE: DT Seth Payne suffered a shoulder injury and TE Rich Griffith had a strained groin in the Kansas City game. Still recovering from injuries are: LB James Hamilton (ankle) and DE Tony Brackens (ankle). The status of all injured players will be updated during the week.

THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin has led the Jaguars to the playoffs each of the last two seasons, a first for an NFL expansion team. In 1997, the Jaguars finished 11-5 and lost the AFC Central Division championship on the fifth tiebreaker to Pittsburgh. The Jaguars 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, Coughlin's Jaguars finished with four victories in their inaugural season. He became head coach of the Jaguars on February 21, 1994 following three successful seasons as head coach at Boston College. Coughlin 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 27 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). He has a record of 26-24 during the regular season and 2-2 in the postseason.

Ted Marchibroda is in his third season as coach of the Ravens. Last year, Baltimore finished 6-9-1, going 4-7 in games decided by a touchdown or less. In 1996, the Ravens held a second-half lead in 10 of their final 11 games, winning only two. Four division losses (Cincinnati and Jacksonville twice each) were decided in the final minute of play or in overtime. Even with a 4-12 record, the Ravens finished third in the league in total offense and second in passing. Prior to his return to Baltimore, Marchibroda coached the Baltimore Colts from 1975-79 (41-36) and the Indianapolis Colts from 1992-94 (32-35), and owns a 78-84 overall record. His 1995 Colts came within one Hail Mary pass completion of going to Super Bowl XXX in a thrilling 20-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran of 34 NFL seasons began his coaching career as backfield coach for the Redskins (1961-65). He held the same position with the Rams (1966-1970) before becoming offensive coordinator for the Redskins (1971-74). He was an assistant with the Bears (1981), Lions (1982-83), and Eagles (1984-85). Marchibroda, a quarterback in college, was the first draft pick of the Steelers in 1953 and played for Pittsburgh (1953, 1955-56) and the Cardinals (1957).

COACHING DIVISION VICTORIES: Two games into the 1998 season, the Jaguars' Tom Coughlin is tied for fifth among all current NFL coaches with a .625 winning percentage (15-9) in division games. The leaders are Bill Cowher (31-12, .721 with Pittsburgh), Marty Schottenheimer (71-30, .703 with Cleveland and Kansas City), Mike Holmgren (35-15, .700 with Green Bay), Mike Ditka (61-32, .656 with Chicago and New Orleans) and Ray Rhodes (15-9, .625 with Philadelphia).

JACKSONVILLE-BALTIMORE CONNECTIONS: Baltimore's Ted Marchibroda and Jacksonville's Tom Coughlin were on the coaching staff of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1984 and '85 … Jaguars C Quentin Neujahr spent his first three NFL seasons with the Browns/Ravens. He had an 0-6 record against the Jaguars and will be looking for his first victory in the series against his former team. … Two Jaguars players have ties to the Baltimore area: OT Leon Searcy, who was born in Washington, D.C., and DT Jose White who is from Washington, D.C. and attended Howard … Seven Ravens are from the state of Florida: G Jeff Blackshear (Ft. Pierce), LB Ray Lewis (Lakeland and University of Miami), LB Tyrus McCloud (Pompano Beach), C Jeff Mitchell (Clearwater and University of Florida), RB Errict Rhett (West Hollywood and University of Florida), DB Duane Starks (Miami Beach and University of Miami) and G/C Wally Williams (Tallahassee and Florida A&M). In addition, Ravens 1997 first-round draft choice LB Peter Boulware attended Florida State. … One Jaguar played for the Cleveland Browns: WR Keenan McCardell from 1992 to '95 … Jaguars inside linebackers coach Steve Szabo began his coaching career in 1969 at Johns Hopkins University and played for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis… Jaguars tight ends coach Fred Hoaglin was a sixth-round draft choice by the Browns in 1966 and played for them for seven years. Hoaglin and Ravens linebackers coach Maxie Baughan coached for the Detroit Lions from 1980 to '82. … Ravens running backs coach Al Lavan was born in Fort Pierce … Ravens quarterbacks coach Don Strock was a fifth-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 1973 and was a Dolphins quarterback from 1973 to '87 … Ravens offensive quality control coach Lester Erb was a graduate assistant at Syracuse from 1994 to '96, and he coached Jaguars S Donovin Darius … Jaguars PK Mike Hollis and Ravens OT Spencer Folau played together at the University of Idaho … Jaguars G Ben Coleman and Ravens DE Mike McCrary were on Wake Forest's 1992 Independence Bowl team … Jaguars DE Tony Brackens and Ravens RB Priest Holmes were teammates at the University of Texas … Jaguars DT Kelvin Pritchett and Ravens S Stevon Moore played together at the University of Mississippi … Jaguars P Bryan Barker and Ravens S Bennie Thompson played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1992 to '93 … Jaguars RB James Stewart played at Tennessee with Ravens RB Jay Graham and CB DeRon Jenkins when Ravens defensive line coach Jacob Burney was a coach for the Volunteers. Jaguars CB Dave Thomas was a senior at Tennessee in 1992 and a teammate of Jenkins … Jaguars G/OT Todd Fordham played with Ravens LB Peter Boulware at Florida State … Jaguars LB Bryce Paup was teammates with Ravens DT James Jones at Northern Iowa … Jaguars RB Fred Taylor played with Ravens C Jeff Mitchell at the University of Florida … Jaguars defensive line coach John Pease coached with the Baltimore Stars of the USFL in 1985 … Jaguars LB Brant Boyer and G/OT Jeff Novak played for the Miami Dolphins with Ravens DL Larry Webster … Jaguars CB Deon Figures and OT Leon Searcy played for the Pittsburgh Steelers with Ravens TE Eric Green and CB Rod Woodson when Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis was the secondary coach.

JAGUARS VS. RAVENS: In four games between the two teams, Jaguars QB Mark Brunell (three games) has completed 77 of 123 passes (62.6 percent) for 977 yards, with four TDs and four interceptions (he was inactive for the 1997 season opener between the two teams). Brunell has three 300-yard passing games vs. Baltimore. Keenan McCardell has caught 25 of those passes for 329 yards but no TDs, and Jimmy Smith has 21 receptions for 404 yards and two scores (with two 100-yard games). James Stewart has rushed 26 times for 83 yards in four games. His high game is 40 yards on 9 carries last November 30 in Jacksonville. … The Ravens' quarterbacks and running backs are basically new to the series, although RB Errict Rhett did rush for 100 yards and two TDs on 24 carries when his Tampa Bay team hosted Jacksonville in 1995. Michael Jackson has caught 24 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns (and two 100-yard outings) in the four-game series, and Jermaine Lewis has seven catches for 105 yards and three TDs. Eric Green has 12 receptions for 126 yards and one TD. … Mike Hollis has had some of his best games vs. Baltimore, making 10 of 12 field goals, including one overtime game winner and five field goals in the most recent game. Hollis has 39 points in four games. Baltimore's Matt Stover is 8 of 9 on fields goals and 10 of 10 on extra points for 34 points.

DAILY SCHEDULE: Interview times and practice for the next week are as follows:

Day Players Coach Coughlin Practice

Tuesday No availability No availability No practice

Wednesday 11:45 - 12:15 p.m. 12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Thursday 11:45 - 12:15 p.m. 12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Friday 1:15 - 1:45 p.m. No availability 11:30 a.m.

Saturday No availability No availability Walk through

Sunday Jaguars vs. Ravens, 4:15 p.m. EDT, ALLTEL Stadium

NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will make their first trip to Nashville, Tenn. to face the Oilers at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 27 at Vanderbilt Stadium. It will be the third straight year the Jaguars have played the Oilers in a different city (Houston in 1996 and Memphis in '97). The two teams have played six times in three seasons, with Jacksonville holding a 4-2 lead. In 1997, the Jaguars swept the Oilers, winning twice in a three week-period. The two teams will play in Jacksonville on December 13.

LAST WEEK: The Jaguars won their 1998 home opener 21-16 over the Kansas City Chiefs, who had the best record in the AFC last season at 13-3. The Chiefs' last two regular-season losses are both to Jacksonville.

Spurred by three long kick returns, the Jaguars scored three touchdowns and forced the Chiefs to settle for field goals, keeping them out of the end zone until 3:39 remained in the game. James Stewart rushed for 103 yards on 26 carries, marking the first time a Jaguars player had consecutive 100-yard rushing performances in the regular season in franchise history. Jimmy Smith also scored on a TD reception for the second straight week, and Reggie Barlow became the first Jaguar to run a punt back for a score.

The Jaguars passed only 18 times - Mark Brunell's fewest as a Jaguars starter - but they rushed 37 times - fourth most in team history - for 149 yards. The Jaguars' defense held Kansas City to only 25 carries and 111 yards on the ground. And, for only the sixth time in team history, the Jaguars had more rushing yards than passing. The Jaguars' first offensive play came with 6:15 remaining in the first quarter and the Jaguars leading 7-0.

NOTES FROM THE CHIEFS GAME: Despite being outgained by the Chiefs 183 yards to 100 in the first half, the Jaguars led 14-6 … In the game, the Jaguars had fewer first downs (18 to 23), fewer yards (256 to 364) and passing yards (107 to 253) and time of possession (29:44 to 30:16) but more rushing yards (149 to 111). However, the Jaguars converted 6 of their 12 third down attempts and held the Chiefs to 3 of 11 (27%). … Playing in his 50th game as a Jaguar, WR Jimmy Smith reached the 200-reception mark as well as the 3,000-yard plateau for his career. He currently has 200 catches for 3,003 yards and 16 TDs. … DE Joel Smeenge broke the team record for career sacks with 16.5. He eclipsed the mark set by Clyde Simmons, who had 15.5 sacks in 1996 and '97. … Mark Brunell completed 11 of 18 passes for 126 yards and one TD and no interceptions. His 126 yards passing is his second-lowest total as a starter. … The team's 149 yards rushing is the seventh most in franchise history; the record is 179. … The Jaguars showed their depth at running back in the second quarter. On a first down play, James Stewart ran for three yards; then Tavian Banks caught a pass for five yards on second down; and on third down, Fred Taylor carried for three yards and a first down. On the following play, Mark Brunell passed to Jimmy Smith for a touchdown. Taylor had his best game as a Jaguar, rushing six time for 44 yards. Stewart went into the game needing 82 yards to reach 2,000 rushing yards for his career. His 103 yards put him at 2,021 for his career, and he scored his 25th TD and 20th rushing TD of his career. … Jimmy Smith caught a team-high four passes for 57 yards and one TD. … Reggie Barlow had the first punt return touchdown in franchise history, a 85-yarder that also is the team's longest ever (breaking Chris Hudson's record of 60 yards on 10/6/96 at New Orleans). Barlow also set a single-game record for punt return yards with 134, surpassing Desmond Howard's record (82 yards on 9/24/95 vs. Green Bay). It was Barlow's second kick return for a touchdown. Last December 7, he returned a kickoff 92 yards for a score. … Tavian Banks' 65-yard kickoff return to open the second half was the fourth-longest return in Jaguars history and the second longest that did not result in a touchdown. It is also the longest by a Jaguars rookie. … Bryan Barker punted four times for a 36.8-yard average, no touchbacks, two inside the 20 and a long of 50. … MLB Bryan Schwartz and LB Kevin Hardy led the team with 12 tackles, and CB Dave Thomas had 10 tackles. … Joel Smeenge and Brant Boyer had sacks, the team's first two of the season. … Dave Thomas had his third forced fumble of the season. The team record is six by DE Tony Brackens in 1997. … Game balls went to the offensive line - Tony Boselli, Leon Searcy, Ben Coleman, Brian DeMarco and Quentin Neujahr (offense), CB Dave Thomas (defense) and Reggie Barlow (special teams). … The Jaguars had no turnovers and two takeaways, putting them plus-one for the season. … The only players who dressed but did not play were QB Jamie Martin, G Rich Tylski and OT/G Todd Fordham … Friday's inactives were: LB James Hamilton, C John Wade, DE Eric Curry and DE Tony Brackens; Sunday's inactives were: QB Jonathan Quinn (third QB), CB Kevin Devine, FB Ron Janes and G/OT Jeff Novak. … Jaguars captains were LB Bryce Paup, CB Dave Thomas, OT Tony Boselli and WR Keenan McCardell.

FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE CHIEFS GAME: "We're proud of our defense, which did an outstanding job. We kept them out of the end zone and forced them to kick field goals, which was a huge key in the ball game. They got three field goals and just the one touchdown. It was a see-saw battle. I was a little disappointed in our offensive aggressiveness. I really thought we had some opportunities and didn't take advantage of them. The run backs were outstanding, the punt returns, the kickoff returns did well. If we didn't miss two easy field goals, one a bad snap, I have to feel good about the game. We could have pushed the score up over 14 points twice and we weren't able to do that."

(on running the ball to kill the clock on the last drive) "That was a fundamental key for us. We had to knock it out. We knew we needed two first downs and we almost lost the ball twice. But that was really impressive to be able to rush the ball under those conditions. That is a very, very good thing for us to be able to do that against a quality football team. It was a great confidence builder, without a doubt."

(on James Stewart having his second-straight 100-yard rushing game) "It took us a long time to get substantial yardage by James, but give credit to our offensive line and all of the backs. Fred Taylor ran the ball tough, too, today."

FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: "It was one of those games that wasn't pretty, but we were able to win. We're 2-0. It's early. I think it takes offenses a few games to get things going. At the same time, you have to realize that we played a pretty good team. They're not always going to be pretty and you're not always going to have the right numbers, but the key is that you win the football game. We know we have some things to work on. But we're where we want to be right now."
(on the pass protection) "I was very satisfied with the protection today. I knew, going in, that we were facing a physical defense; they were going to get some, we were going to get some. The guys did a good job. We didn't make too many adjustments."
(on how a good running game makes it easier on him) "It makes it easier because you have to respect both when you're playing us. You have to respect the pass as well as the run. If we can keep the ball in our hands by having a successful running game we'll be able to do some things. Our philosophy is to keep the ball, keep our defense off the field and sustain some drives. When we do throw the ball, we have to be efficient. We're coming into that. We do have some things we need to work on. That is our goal, to have our running game, and to this point it's been effective."

FROM RB JAMES STEWART: "We kept running the ball, something we haven't done in the past. This year our strategy is that we're going to stay with the run and make the offense as balanced as we can."

FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: "Every game is very significant. Plus, Kansas City is predicted to be in the playoffs and in the AFC championship, so this is like a preview or whatever you want to call it. It's just important that we win every game. Obviously, we want to do well against these guys. Dale Carter and James Hasty, they're tough - probably one of the best defenses in the league."

MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is Reggie Barlow, who returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown - the first in franchise history - and returned three punts in all for 134 yards. Barlow's 134 yards on punt returns was also a team record.

JAGUARS KICK RETURN TEAMS ARE REALLY SPECIAL: Since the midway point of the 1997 season, Reggie Barlow has been on a tear on both punt and kickoff returns. Here's a look at his numbers in the last 10 regular-season games:

REGGIE BARLOW NO YDS AVG LG TD

Punt returns 26 463 17.8 85t 1

Kickoff returns 11 285 25.9 92t 1

In last year's AFC playoffs, Barlow also returned three kickoffs for 118 yards, with a 52-yarder. In addition, rookie Tavian Banks returned a kickoff 65 yards in Week 2 against Kansas City.

THE TEAL IS REAL . . .Since November 24, 1996, when the Jaguars began their run to the '96 playoffs, their record is the third best in the NFL. The Jaguars have won 16 of their last 21 regular-season games. Here's a look at the league's best records since November 24, 1996:

1996 1997

Team Reg. Season Reg. Season Total

Green Bay Packers 5-0 13-3 18-3

San Francisco 49ers 4-1 13-3 17-4

Jacksonville Jaguars 5-0 11-5 16-5

Denver Broncos 3-2 12-4 15-6

Kansas City Chiefs 1-4 13-3 14-7

New England Patriots 4-1 10-6 14-7

Pittsburgh Steelers 2-3 11-5 13-8

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-2 10-6 13-8

. . . WITH THE THIRD-BEST RECORD AT HOME . . .The Jaguars have gone 7-1 at ALLTEL Stadium each of the last two seasons, which is tied for the third-best record at home in 1996 and '97. The Jaguars' 13-game home winning streak was snapped on December 7, 1997 when they were defeated by the New England Patriots. That was their first home loss since September 10, 1996, when they lost to the Houston Oilers. The Jaguars are 14-2 at home in the last two years and have won 15 of their last 17 home games dating back to December 24, 1995, in their inaugural season. Here are the best home records in the NFL in 1996 and '97:

Rk. Team 1996 1997 Total

  1. Green Bay Packers 8-0 8-0 16-0

Denver Broncos 8-0 8-0 16-0

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars 7-1 7-1 14-2

Pittsburgh Steelers 7-1 7-1 14-2

  1. San Francisco 49ers 6-2 8-0 14-2
  1. Kansas City Chiefs 5-3 8-0 13-3

New England Patriots 6-2 6-2 12-4

. . . AND FOURTH-BEST RECORD ON THE ROAD . . . The Jaguars are one of only six NFL teams with a better than .500 record on the road (including postseason) dating back to November 24, 1996. The Jaguars' 8-6 record away from home during that time is the fourth-best mark in the NFL, and their eight victories is tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the most road wins in that time. Here are the only teams in the league with a better-than-.500 record on the road since November 24, 1996:

Team W-L-T Pct.

Green Bay Packers 7-3 .700

San Francisco 49ers 8-4 .667

Carolina Panthers 7-4 .636

Jacksonville Jaguars 8-6 .571

New York Giants 5-4-1 .550

Kansas City Chiefs 6-5 .545

THE FIRST FOUR SEASONS: Here's how NFL expansion teams fared in their first four seasons:

Team 1ST SEASON 2ND SEASON 3RD SEASON 4TH SEASON

Dallas 1960 0-11-1 1961 4-9-1 1962 5-8-1 1963 4-10

Minnesota 1961 3-11 1962 2-12-1 1963 5-8-1 1964 8-5-1

Atlanta 1966 3-11 1967 1-12-1 1968 2-12 1969 6-8

Miami 1966 3-11 1967 4-10 1968 5-8-1 1969 3-10-1

New Orleans 1967 3-11 1968 4-9-1 1969 5-9 1970 2-11-1

Cincinnati 1968 3-11 1969 4-9-1 1970 8-7 1971 4-10

Seattle 1976 2-12 1977 5-9 1978 9-7 1979 9-7

Tampa Bay 1976 0-14 1977 2-12 1978 5-11 1979 11-7

Jacksonville 1995 4-12 1996 11-8 1997 11-6 1998 ?

Carolina 1995 7-9 1996 13-5 1997 7-9 1998 ?

Records include postseason games. The only expansion teams to make the playoffs in their first four seasons are Jacksonville (1996 and '97), Carolina (1996), Cincinnati (1970) and Tampa Bay (1979).

TERRIFIC TANDEMS: Jaguars wide receivers Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith have each had consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and they seek to join Minnesota's Cris Carter and Jake Reed as the only duos in NFL history to reach the milestone for three straight seasons. Carter and Reed have each compiled 1,000-yard receiving seasons for four consecutive seasons, and they can extend their record to five in 1998. Following is a chart comparing the receiving yards of the two terrific tandems:

Player 1994 1995 1996 1997

Cris Carter 1,256 1,371 1,163 1,069

Jake Reed 1,175 1,167 1,320 1,138

Keenan McCardell - - 1,129 1,164

Jimmy Smith - - 1,244 1,324

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