THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to a rugged October schedule and will attempt to win their third game of the season to tie the record for most victories by an expansion team when they travel to Cleveland to face the Browns at 1:00 EST Sunday, October 22 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. It is the first of two straight road games against the division co-leaders -- Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The Jaguars are only the third expansion team to win two of its first seven games. The Browns are 3-3 and are coming off their off week.
RADIO BROADCAST: All of the Jaguars' games are broadcast on WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network, with Brian Sexton calling the action and analysis by Matt Robinson and Deron Cherry. Jennifer Kumik and Bill Riley, sports director of WOKV, handle the pre-game and half-time shows. More than 30 affiliates in five states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game. Sexton, 26, is the NFL's youngest play-by-play announcer, while Robinson and Cherry bring a total of 17 years of NFL playing experience to the broadcast booth.
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Sunday's game will be televised regionally by NBC and locally on WTLV, Channel 12. Calling the action will be Jim Donovan and Tunch Ilkin.
THE SERIES: This is the first game ever between the Jaguars and Browns, who are the only AFC Central Division team the Jaguars have yet to play. They will play again in the regular-season finale on December 24 when the Browns travel to Jacksonville.
THE OPPONENT: The Browns were formed in 1946 and won every championship in the four-year history of the All-American Football Conference. They entered the NFL in 1950 and won three more championships in the next six seasons, playing in the NFL title game every year. The Browns also won the 1964 NFL title, then lost the NFL championship 3 times in the next 5 years. They advanced to the playoffs last season for the first time since 1988 with a record of 11-5.
A VICTORY OVER THE BROWNS WOULD: Tie the expansion record for most victories in a season. Five of the eight expansion teams won three games in their first season, the last being the 1968 Cincinnati Bengals.
The Jaguars are one victory from tying the record for most victories by an expansion team and are two victories away from breaking it. They are also the second-fastest team ever to win two games in its inaugural season. In 1968, the Cincinnati Bengals won their 2nd and 3rd games, then lost 7 straight games before winning their 3rd game. Here's a look at how many games each of the 10 expansion teams in NFL history won (and their winning percentages) in their first season:
Year Team Record Pct. Finish
1961 Minnesota Vikings 3-11 .214 Last in NFL Western Conference
1966 Atlanta Falcons 3-11 .214 Next-to-last in NFL Eastern Conference*
1966 Miami Dolphins 3-11 .214 Last in AFL Eastern Division
1967 New Orleans Saints 3-11 .214 Last in NFL Capitol Division
1968 Cincinnati Bengals 3-11 .214 Last in AFL Western Division
1995 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 2-5 .286 Currently 5th in AFC Central
1976 Seattle Seahawks 2-12 .142 Last in NFC West
1960 Dallas Cowboys 0-11-1 .042 Last in NFL Western Conference
1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-14 .000 Last in AFC West
1995 Carolina Panthers 1-5 .167 Currently tied for 4th in NFC West
- Finished ahead of the 1-12-1 New York Giants
FIRST TWO VICTORIES FOR EXPANSION TEAMS:
Team Year First Victory Second Victory Third Victory
Cincinnati Bengals 1968 2nd game 3rd game 11th game
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1995 5th game 6th game ???
Miami Dolphins 1966 6th game 7th game 14th game
Minnesota Vikings 1961 1st game 9th game 12th game
Seattle Seahawks 1976 6th game 9th game 19th game
New Orleans Saints 1967 8th game 11th game 14th game
Atlanta Falcons 1966 10th game 12th game 13th game
Dallas Cowboys 1960 13th game 14th game 16th game (2nd season)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976 27th game 28th game 31st game (3rd season)
Carolina Panthers 1995 6th game ??? ???
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin has led the Jaguars to two victories so far this season in seven games. He became head coach of the NFL's newest franchise 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 25 years of coaching, Coughlin 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 was a member of the Giants' 1990 Super Bowl XXV champions coaching staff.
Cleveland's Bill Belichick is in his 5th year as the Browns' head coach. The defensive coordinator for the New York Giants when they won Super Bowl XXV -- when Tom Coughlin was the Giants' receivers coach -- Belichick led the Browns to a 11-5 mark in 1994 and the second round of the playoffs. Last year's team allowed the fewest points in the NFL, and the offense scored the team's most since 1987. The 8th fulltime head coach in Browns' history, Belichick was the NFL's youngest head coach when he was hired in 1991. He spent 12 years on the Giants' staff. Belichick has a career record of 35-37.
JACKSONVILLE-CLEVELAND CONNECTIONS: Cleveland's Bill Belichick and Jacksonville's Tom Coughlin spent three years (1988-1990) coaching together with the New York Giants. Under Bill Parcells, Belichick (defensive coordinator, linebackers in 1988 and secondary in 1989 and '90) and Coughlin (wide receivers, 1988-90) led the Giants to the Super Bowl XXV championship. … The Browns have a player from both of the 1995 expansion teams: CB Michael Davis (waived from Jacksonville on August 19) and WR/KR Michael Bates (traded from Carolina on August 30). Former Browns on the Jaguars are DE Ernie Logan (1991-93) and G Tom Myslinski (1992). … Five Jaguars are from Ohio: WR Desmond Howard (Cleveland, St. Joseph High, where he earned All-America honors as a tailback); SS Deral Boykin (Kent), CB Vinnie Clark (Cincinnati, Ohio State); OT Brian DeMarco (Lorain); G Greg Huntington (Cincinnati). … Six Browns hail from Florida: C Steve Everitt (Miami), DE Dan Footman (Tampa, Florida State), DE Rich McKenzie (Fort Lauderdale), DE Anthony Pleasant (Century), RB Lorenzo White (Hollywood), C/G Wally Williams (Tallahassee, Florida A&M). …Five players on the Browns and Jaguars are from Ohio State: Jaguars LB Mark Williams who played with Browns LB Craig Powell; Jaguars CB Vinnie Clark, who was a Buckeye with Browns P/QB Tom Tupa; and Browns LB Pepper Johnson. … Jaguars QB Mark Brunell attended Washington with Browns S Dana Hall. … Jaguars DT Paul Frase attended Syracuse with Browns DE Rob Burnett. … Jaguars TE Rich Griffith attended Arizona with Browns WR Michael Bates. … Jaguars DT Kelvin Pritchett attended Mississippi with Browns S Stevon Moore. … Jaguars G Greg Huntington attended Penn State with Browns DE Rich McKenzie. … Browns C Steve Everitt and WR Derrick Alexander attended Michigan with Jaguars WR Desmond Howard. … Jaguars FS Mike Dumas and FB Le'Shai Maston were Oilers teammates of RB Lorenzo White. … Browns QB Vinny Testaverde was a Buccaneers teammate of Jaguars CB Rogerick Green. … Jaguars CB Vinnie Clark was a Falcons teammate of Browns WR Andre Rison. … Browns CB Thomas Johnson and RB Earnest Byner were Redskins teammates of Jaguars WR Desmond Howard and G Greg Huntington. … Browns TE Walter Reeves was a Cardinals teammate of Jaguars QB Steve Beuerlein. … Browns S Bennie Thompson is a former Saints teammate of Jaguars OLB James Williams, RB Vaughn Dunbar and DE Joel Smeenge. … Browns DT Tim Goad is an ex-Patriots teammate of Jaguars G/OT Eugene Chung.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars missed a 54-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the game and were defeated by the Chicago Bears 30-27. The Jaguars had battled back from 10-point deficits 3 times in the second half to get within 3 points with an opportunity to force overtime. Mike Hollis' kick was wide left, coming six plays after the Jaguars had recovered an onsides kick. Jacksonville closed to within 3 points with 27 seconds to play in the game when QB Mark Brunell threw his third touchdown pass of the game, 23 yard to Cedric Tillman. Brunell had earlier thrown scoring passes of 7 yards to James Stewart and 12 yards to Ernest Givins. James Stewart set a team record with 97 yards rushing on 17 carries, while Brunell posted his first 300-yard day.
The Browns were idle last weekend, along with Cincinnati, Houston and Pittsburgh.
NOTES FROM THE BEARS GAME: The Jaguars set numerous individual and team records in their biggest offensive showing in franchise history. Their 27 points was a team high (although they also allowed their most points ever. Their 406 yards on offense was their best ever by 139 yards… QB Mark Brunell completed 30 of 48 passes for 302 yards and 3 TD's -- all individual and team records. He was also intercepted only one time. … Brunell completed passes to 9 receivers. Ernest Givins led the way with 7 catches for 73 yards and 1 TD. Willie Jackson caught 6 passes for 57 yards. Cedric Tillman and James Stewart caught the other TD passes (and both of them have scored the last 2 weeks). … Stewart set personal highs with 17 rushes for 97 yards (also a team record) and a 5.9-yard average. He also won the battle of rookie running backs, out-rushing Chicago's Rashaan Salaam, who gained 79 yards on 20 carries. In the 1995 draft, Stewart was drafted on the 19th pick of the first round, while Salaam went two picks later. … The Jaguars won the coin toss for the 2nd time all season but missed scoring on theitr first possession when Mike Hollis' 47-yard field goal was wide right. … Hollis was 2 for 4 on field goals, connecting on kicks of 40 and 49 yards. He missed a 54-yarder on the final play of the game. He is 8 for 11 for the season and is the only Jaguar to score in every game. … The lengths of the Jaguars' 5 scoring drives was impressive: 12 plays for 72 yards (TD), 13 plays for 61 yards (field goal), 8 plays for 80 yards, a team record (TD), 8 plays for 57 yards (field goal) and 10 plays for 60 yards (TD). … Craig Keith started his first game at tight end in a double-TE set and caught a pass on the first play from scrimmage. … DT Corey Mayfield lined up at fullback on a 1st-and-goal play during the Jaguars' first touchdown drive. … The Jacksonville offensive line allowed only 1 sack for a loss of 14 yards, its best showing to date.. … Jacksonville turned the ball over just 1 time and has lost the ball only 4 times in the last 4 games. with 5 takeaways. Against the Bears, they did not have a takeaway for the first time this season. … The Jaguars had more first downs than their opponent for the 2nd straight week and the 2nd time ever (26 to 23), and also controlled the ball 31:10 to Chicago's 28:50. They also converted 6 of 13 3rd downs and 1 of 1 on 4th down. … For the second straight game, Keith Goganious moved to weakside linebacker and Tom McManus started at middle linebacker. … Mike Dumas led the team with 11 tackles (8 solos), while Harry Colon had 9 and Tom McManus and Bryan Schwartz had 7. … Bryan Barker punted a team-low 1 time for 55 yards. … For the 3rd straight week, the Jaguars scored every time they penetrated their opponent's red zone, coming away with two touchdowns. Chicago was 5 for 5 (2 touchdowns, 3 field goals). … The only player who suited up but didn't play was QB Steve Beuerlein. Not active were: QB Rob Johnson, S Darren Carrington, G Shawn Bouwens, G Eugene Chung, WR Desmond Howard, DT Paul Frase, DT Mike Thompson and LB Bernard Carter. … The attendance at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium was 72,020, the third largest ever. … The Jaguars captains were: Tom Myslinski, LB Tom McManus and WR Cedric Tillman.
FROM COACH COUGHLIN ON THE BEARS GAME: ìThe Bears are an outstanding football team. Offensively, they didn't make any errors. They moved the ball. Our guys fought hard. We made some mistakes. It was a great second half and was a great NFL football game. I wish we could have come out on the long end. It's hard to lose under those circumstances.î
(on Mike Hollis' missed field goal) ìMike Hollis certainly did not lose the football game under any circumstances. It's a team game. That's why we call it a team. We had our opportunities; we didn't get it done. We'll do a better job on defense, hopefully, next week. We thought we'd be in position to put it into overtime. It just didn't work that way. It was a heck of a football game.
(on getting no sacks for the second straight game) ìThe Bears have the lowest number of sacks in the league, so obviously they have a good offensive line. And they played well.î
(on James Stewart) ìJames has been working. He showed his ability today, and I think there's more. His game is in front of him.
(on the fans' standing ovation after the game) ìOur fans are great. They're in the game all the way. They were there right to the last second. Our players feed off the fans, and the fans feed off the effort of the players. It's been a super experience. For our fans to be there at the end is no surprise to me.î
(on the Jaguars' lack of a pass rush) ìYeah, I'm concerned about that. I'm concerned about not being able to get there. But it isn't just the front. We brought people (on blitzes) and played zone behind it. We've done some things to try to help that. Most of the year it's been effective, but this is a good offensive line, and they played very well.
(on the onsides kick) ìI was standing right there. I didn't recover it, but I was right there. The ball bounced around a little bit, and we had some bodies flying into the pile and came up with the ball.î
(on the offense having its best day of the year) ìStatistically, for sure. No question about it. We had 72 snaps and 400-something yards. I'd say that wasn't too bad.î
FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: (on the team scoring a season-high 27 points) ìYou never know how games are going to go. You just go out there and take advantage of your opportunities and hope that every chance you get you do put some points on the board. The Bears are a tough team and you have to give a lot of credit to those guys. They fought hard.î
ìI felt comfortable out there today. I think I'm getting better. I still have a ways to go. I still have to make better decisions, but it's coming along. I think the offense as a whole is coming along. The line is getting better each week and they are the key to this whole thing. They are the reason why we're getting better, without a doubt.î
(on the running game) ìIt's something we focused on and James (Stewart) ran well. There were some holes and if you were standing in there and looking at it as I was, you would see they are creating some lanes for James and the other guys. It's good to see, it's really good to see.î
ìIt's not about getting better anymore. Gettings wins is what it's all about.î
FROM PK MIKE HOLLIS: (on the game-tying missed field goal) ìIt started to the left upright, and I knew the way I hit it, it wasn't good. I didn't even watch it any farther. It's a tough situation, and I don't feel terribly bad for missing it. It's a tough kick, and I tried my best and it didn't go. I would have rather taken last week's kick (53 yards) than this week's kick, making a 54-yarder for a game-tying rather than a 53. I would have taken that any day.î
FROM WR WILLIE JACKSON: ìWe hung in there and we put ourselves in the position to win the game at the end, and that's the important thing. We just came up a little short. A lot of those games we'll come up the victory.î
FROM RB JAMES STEWART: ìIt was my best game, and the line blocked great. Like I said, we're coming along and things are starting to pick up for us. The line is coming together and staying on their blocks a little longer. We emphasized that all through the week, and I think that worked out. To have a running game is very important because it opens up the pass and a lot of other things. It felt good.î
FROM LB TOM MCMANUS: ìWe just didn't play well. It's a team sport and we're a very strong team, but the defense didn't have it today. We lost the game for the team. It's very disappointing when we know we can play so much better than we did. We didn't tackle very well today.î
MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is QB Mark Brunell, who completed 30 of 48 passes for 302 yards and 3 touchdowns -- all career highs and team records.
JAGUARS INJURY UPDATE: Injured in the Bears game were FS Darren Studstill (knee), FB Ryan Christopherson (calf) and CB Dave Thomasd (shoulder).
The status of S Darren Carrington (groin) and WR Desmond Howard (ankle) will be updated later in the week. The only other player with an injury is G Shawn Bouwens (knee).
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers at 1:00 p.m. EDT at Three Rivers Stadium.
DAILY SCHEDULE: Tuesday -- Players day off. Wednesday through Friday -- Lockerroom open to media 11:45 to 12:15; head coach Tom Coughlin is available at 12:15 Wednesday and Thursday and at 12:00 on Friday. There is no availability on Saturday. On Monday, the day after the Steelers' game, the lockerroom will be open to the media from 11:45 to 12:15.
Practices are being held at the two practice fields adjacent to the new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Check with the Jaguars' Communications Office in (633-6000) for the daily practice schedule and to schedule interviews.
ROSTER MOVES: On Tuesday, October 10, the Jaguars placed TE Derek Brown (rib, kidney) and LB Reggie Clark (knee) on injured reserve and signed LB Bernard Carter and FS Darren Studstill.
STATS AND SUCH: Quarterback Mark Brunell now ranks 10th in the AFC with a 75.4 passer rating. He ranks 10th in the AFC in passing. Brunell's 212 yards rushing ranks 20th among AFC rushers and leads all NFL quarterbacks. … With 97 yards, James Stewart took over the team rushing lead from Brunell. He now has 281 for the season, ranking 12th in the AFC. … Despite starting only 4 games, Willie Jackson leads the Jaguars and is tied for 14th in the AFC with 27 catches for 268 yards and 2 TD's. … P Bryan Barker's 45.5-yard gross average ranks 4th in the NFL, and his net average of 39.8 ranks 2nd. … Desmond Howard is 2nd in the AFC and 4th in the NFL in punt returns with a 11.9-yard average (15 for 179, 40 long). … Five Jacksonville scores have been set up by turnovers (4 TDs, 1 FG). The Jaguars had at least one takeaway in each of its first 6 games. … In the Jaguars' first 7 games, they have played teams whose defenses rank 4th, 28th, 21st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 21st in the NFL in defense. … Jaguars opponents have rushed for only 780 yards on 210 carries -- a 3.7-yards per carry average.
YOUNG UP FRONT: The Jaguars' starting offensive line is one of the youngest in the NFL, with two rookies and two other players who had never started an NFL game until this season. Here's a look at the experience of the line (LG Shawn Bouwens is out with a knee injury):
Pos. Player Ht. Wt. Age NFL Starts Starts before '95 Year in NFL
LT Tony Boselli 6-7 323 23 3 0 1st
LG Jeff Novak 6-5 296 28 7 0 2nd
C Dave Widell 6-7 308 30 57 50 8th
RG Tom Myslinski 6-3 287 26 7 0 3rd
RT Brian DeMarco 6-7 321 23 7 0 1st
BOOTIN' BARKER: Bryan Barker continues to be one of the top punters in the NFL. Last week against the Bears, he punted only 1 time, but it was a 55-yarder that was returned only 1 yard. For the season, he has punted 42 times for an average of 45.5 yards (4th in the NFL) and a net of 39.8 (2nd in the NFL). Jaguars opponents have returned 22 punts for a total of only 159 yards (7.2-yard average). Last year, while with the Eagles, Barker led the NFC with a 36.3-yard net average.
INSIDE THE RED ZONE: The Jaguars continue to be one of the NFL's best teams inside the red zone. They have penetrated their opponents' red zone 16 times in 7 games and scored the last 15 times, coming away with 10 touchdowns, 5 field goals and one missed field goal. Jaguars opponents have scored 21 times in 27 possessions inside the 20-yard line (10 touchdowns and 11 field goals).
On goal-to-goal situations, the Jaguars are a perfect 9 of 9, with 7 touchdowns and 2 field goals. Thier opponents are 7 of 7, with just 2 TDs and 5 FGs.
GIVINS BACK ON TRACK: After missing the previous three games with a hamstring injury, Jaguars WR Ernest Givins started again against Chicago and caught 7 passes for 73 yards and 1 touchdown. He had the second-longest streak of consecutive games started among wide receivers after Jerry Rice until being sidelined. Givins had started 87 consecutive games and last missed a game on November 26, 1989.
With every catch he makes, Givins moves up on the list of active receivers. In nine seasons with the Oilers, he caught 542 passes for 7,935 yards, and so far he has 14 catches for 133 yards and 2 TD's with the Jaguars. Here is where he ranks among active players:
Player Team Receptions Player Team Receiving Yards
Jerry Rice San Francisco 873 Jerry Rice San Francisco 13954
Andre Reed Buffalo 697 Henry Ellard Washington 11720
Henry Ellard Washington 697 Gary Clark Miami 10542
Gary Clark Miami 677 Andre Reed Buffalo 9803
Ernest Givins Jacksonville 556 Irving Fryar Miami 8538
Ernest Givins Jacksonville 8068
FIRST-ROUND COUNT: The Jaguars have nine players on their roster who were first-round selections in the college draft:
Player Pos. Year Team
Jeff Lageman DE 1989 New York Jets
Vinnie Clark CB 1991 Green Bay Packers
Kelvin Pritchett DT 1991 Dallas Cowboys*
Derek Brown TE 1992 New York Giants
Eugene Chung G/OT 1992 New England Patriots
Vaughn Dunbar RB 1992 New Orleans Saints
Desmond Howard WR 1992 Washington Redskins
Tony Boselli OT 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars
James Stewart RB 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars
- Pritchett was traded from Dallas to Detroit on Draft Day.
DRAFT REPORT: Eight of the Jaguars' 10 draft picks this year made the roster for the opening game and all 10 are still with the team (two are on injured reserve and the other is on the practice squad).
Rd. Player Status
1a OT Tony Boselli Starting left offensive tackle
1b RB James Stewart Starting halfback; has scored TDs the last 2 weeks
2a OT Brian DeMarco Starting right offensive tackle
2b MLB Bryan Schwartz Backup middle linebacker (started the third game)
3 S Chris Hudson On injured reserve (groin)
4a QB Rob Johnson Third-string quarterback
4b DT Mike Thompson Backup defensive tackle
5 FB Ryan Christopherson Backup FB and short-yardage runner; has 1 TD run
6 OT Marcus Price On injured reserve (knee)
7 WR Curtis Marsh On the practice squad
THE ORIGINAL 10: Here's an update on the ìOriginal 10î Jaguars who signed contracts with the team on December 15, 1994:
WR Shannon Baker -- Waived on August 13
SS Hillary Butler -- Waived on August 19
DE Ferric Colons -- Waived on May 1
C/G Greg Huntington -- Backup center/tackle and special teams starter
RB Randy Jordan -- Backup halfback who scored the first TD in franchise history vs. Cincinnati
DE Ernie Logan -- Backup left defensive end; started Week 5 vs. Houston
OT Rickie Shaw -- Waived on August 19
DE Jason Simmons -- Waived on August 27 but placed on the practice squad on August 28
DE Ricky Sutton -- Waived on May 4
DT Chris Williams -- Waived on August 19
ABOUT THE STADIUM: The new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium has drawn rave reviews:
NBC broadcaster Don Criqui: ìThere isn't a better football facility in America than Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. I've never seen a better facility. The natural field is a perfect playing surface.î
Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin -- ìWhen you stand at the base of this stadium, it's a magnificent stadium. It's the most beautiful place I've ever played in. This has to be one of the greatest stadiums in the country, bar none. Playing on grass, the weather, a brand new stadium. A great city. People who have waited years for a football team. I don't think there's a hotter place in the country than Jacksonville, Florida. This is tremendous.î
Rams coach Rich Brooks -- ìThis is a great stadium to play football in. The seats are close to the field, and the noise is very, very loud. We tried an audible and screwed it up because of the noise.î
Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver -- ìI think we've raised the bar on how stadiums are gong to be built in the future. The two magnificent Stadium Clubs are unique in any stadium. This stadium is already a candidate to host a Super Bowl game; all we need is the hotel rooms.î
Packers RB Edgar Bennett, a native of Jacksonville: ìIt's a beautiful stadium. You've got to tip your hats off to them. It's real nice. Definitely an upgrade.î
In four regular-season games, the average attendance is 70,792.
FAX ON DEMAND: All Jaguars press releases can be obtained through the InfoConnection fax-on-demand system. To receive the Jaguars' press releases each week via fax, dial (404) 399-3066 on your fax machine and enter the NFL password: 7575. Key in the following numbers for the Jaguars release: 2801 -- weekly release; 2802 -- alphabetical/numerical rosters; 2803 -- depth chart; 2804 -- offense/defense stats; 2805 -- Tom Coughlin bio; 2806 -- transactions. Dial 1000 for an NFL directory of releases. Press releases will be available on Monday afternoons.
1995 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS SCHEDULE
Sunday, Sept. 3 HOUSTON OILERS L, 3-10 72,363
Sunday, Sept. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals L, 17-24 48,318
Sunday, Sept. 17 at New York Jets L, 10-27 49,970
Sunday, Sept. 24 GREEN BAY PACKERS L, 14-24 66,744
Sunday, Oct. 1 at Houston Oilers W, 17-16 36,346
Sunday, Oct. 8 PITTSBURGH STEELERS W,20-16 72,042
Sunday, Oct. 15 CHICAGO BEARS L, 27-30 72,020
Sunday, Oct. 22 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Oct. 29 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 5 Open Date
Sunday, Nov. 12 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 19 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 26 CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 3 at Denver Broncos 4:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 10 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 17 at Detroit Lions 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 24 CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Home games in CAPS. All times are Jacksonville time.
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SMALL BUT DEADLY: The Jaguars have smallest starting receivers in the NFL in Ernest Givins (5-10, 180) and Desmond Howard (5-10, 181). In the season opener, they were the team's two leading receivers. Howard caught 3 passes for 33 yards and Givins had 2 receptions for 19 yards. ìSmall but deadly,î is how Givins describes the duo. In an era in which most teams are moving to taller and more physical receivers, the Jaguars start Howard at flanker and Givins at split end. ìBoth those guys have a knack for big plays,î said QB Steve Beuerlein. ìAnd we need to make sure they have the opportunity to make them.î