THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars will complete their three-game road swing and try to get back on a winning note when they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday in the new NFL Stadium at Camden Yards. The Jaguars lost the first two games of the road trip - their first back-to-back losses since losing the first two games of last season's three-game road swing one year ago. The Jaguars will be going for their sixth win in the first half of the season against a team to whom they have never lost.
The Jaguars started the season with five straight victories for the first time ever, but the two losses in the last two games puts them at 5-2 and still in first place in the AFC Central, with Pittsburgh at 4-2 prior to their game Monday night at Kansas City. The Ravens are 2-5 following losses the last three weeks.
The game is Jacksonville's seventh of eight straight against AFC team, but their first game within the division since September 27. The Jaguars have won 17 of their last 22 regular-season games against AFC foes dating back to late 1996, with two of the five losses coming the last two weeks.
Even though they have lost two straight games, the Jaguars have the fourth-best record in the NFL over the last 28 regular-season games dating back to November 24, 1996, when they began their late-season streak to the playoffs. The 21-7 record of the Jaguars in that time trails only Green Bay (23-5), San Francisco (23-5) and Denver (22-6). The Jaguars also have the fourth-best road record since late in the 1996 season, with an 8-6 mark in that time, trailing only San Francisco, Green Bay and Minnesota.
TELEVISION BROADCAST: The game will be televised regionally by CBS and locally by WJXT Channel 4. Gus Johnson will call the play-by-play and Steve Tasker 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 game will also be broadcast nationally on Westwood One Radio, with Harry Kalas and Rick Walker reporting.
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 their 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 five times, with the Jaguars winning all five games. Jacksonville won this season's first matchup, 24-10 on September 20 at ALLTEL Stadium. In 1997, the Jaguars won the season opener 28-27 on August 31 in Baltimore and took the rematch at home 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: Coach Tom Coughlin called it the team's best defensive game ever, but it was the Jaguars' offense that piled up the numbers, as the Jaguars won their third game of the season in defeating the Baltimore Ravens 24-10 at ALLTEL Stadium on September 20. Rookie Fred Taylor replaced an injured James Stewart and contributed a combined 213 yards rushing and receiving, and Mark Brunell passed for 376 yards - the third-most in team history - as Jacksonville rolled up 519 yards on offense, their second most ever. Taylor opened the scoring with a 52-yard touchdown run that was the team's longest run ever at the time (he has since had a 77-yarder), and then Jimmy Smith caught a 72-yard TD pass that is the team's longest scoring pass ever. Brunell also tossed a one-yard TD pass to Damon Jones and Mike Hollis added a 34-yard field goal for the Jaguars' scoring. The Jaguars held the Ravens to just one touchdown and a field goal and 313 total yards - only 123 of them in the second half and 94 of those on their final drive that ended on the Jacksonville three-yard line. The Ravens had eight three-and-outs in the game and punted 10 times, a record for a Jaguars opponent. Other than their touchdown, they drove into Jaguars territory only two times.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE BRONCOS WOULD: Give them a 6-2 record for the second consecutive season and their third straight sweep of the Baltimore Ravens. It would also be their 22nd victory in their last 29 regular-season games dating back to 1996, and their third victory in five road games this season. A win would give the Jaguars a 3-0 division record this season.
INJURY UPDATE: Injured in the Denver game were: CB Dave Thomas (sprained ankle), S Chris Hudson (sprained ankle), TE Rich Griffith (sprained knee) and S Mike Logan (bruised hip). Missing the game with injuries were: RB Tavian Banks (sprained foot), RB Chris Howard (sprained ankle) and DT Seth Payne (shoulder). 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 29-26 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 79-88 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).
COUGHLIN FOURTH IN DIVISION VICTORIES: Seven weeks into the 1998 season, the Jaguars' Tom Coughlin is fourth among all current NFL coaches with a .654 winning percentage (17-9) in division games. The leaders are Marty Schottenheimer (73-30, .709 with Cleveland and Kansas City), Bill Cowher (32-13, .711 with Pittsburgh) and Mike Holmgren (35-17, .673 with Green Bay). Mike Ditka is fifth (61-34, .642 with Chicago and New Orleans).
JAGUARS VS. RAVENS: In five games between the two teams, Jaguars QB Mark Brunell (four games) has completed 102 of 157 passes (65.0 percent) for 1,353 yards - including four 300-yard games - with seven TDs and four interceptions (he was inactive for the 1997 season opener between the two teams). Keenan McCardell has caught 33 passes for 437 yards (two 100-yard games) but no TDs, and Jimmy Smith has 23 receptions for 520 yards and three scores (three 100-yard games). TE Pete Mitchell has 15 catches for 196 yards and a TD. In his only game against Baltimore, Fred Taylor had 23 carries for 128 yards and one TD and nine receptions for 85 yards. ... 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 32 passes for 501 yards and three touchdowns (and three 100-yard outings) in the series, and Jermaine Lewis has 11 receptions for 222 yards and four TDs. Eric Green has 13 receptions for 183 yards and one TD. ... Mike Hollis has had some of his best games vs. Baltimore, making 11 of 14 field goals, including one overtime game-winner. Hollis has 45 points in five games. Baltimore's Matt Stover is 9 of 10 on fields goals and 8 of 8 on extra points for 35 points.
JACKSONVILLE-BALTIMORE CONNECTIONS: Two Jaguars have ties to the Ravens: C Quentin Neujahr played in 14 games with seven starts (all in 1997) during his first three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns; and WR Keenan McCardell played for the Cleveland Browns from 1992 to '95 ... One Raven has played for the Jaguars: DE Paul Frase, who saw action in 23 games, starting five of them, in the 1995 and '96 seasons. ... Two Jaguars players are from 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 University ... 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... Baltimore's Ted Marchibroda and Jacksonville's Tom Coughlin were on the coaching staff of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1984 and '85 ... 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 Ft. Pierce ... 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 in 1992 and '93 ... Jaguars RB James Stewart played at the University of 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 the University of 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 a teammate of 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 in 1994 ... 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.
DAILY SCHEDULE: Interview times and practice for the next week are as follows:
|Tuesday||Players off||No availability||Players off|
|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 - 1:30 p.m.||No availability||11:30 a.m.|
|Saturday||No availability||No availability||Walk through|
|Sunday||Jaguars at Ravens,||1:00 p.m.,||Camden Yards|
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars be at home for the first time in a month when they host the Cincinnati Bengals at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8 in ALLTEL Stadium. It will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams. They will play again on November 29 at Cincinnati's Cinergy Field. The Bengals are the only team in the AFC Central with a winning record against the Jaguars, having won four of six games from 1995 to '97.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars were defeated by the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos 37-24 in Mile High Stadium. It was Jacksonville's second loss in a row after five victories to open the season. After a 3-3 first quarter, the Broncos scored 24 points in the second period to take a 27-10 halftime lead from which the Jaguars never recovered. Mark Brunell passed for 353 yards and three touchdowns and Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell each had 100-yard receiving games. But Brunell was sacked seven times for 71 yards in losses. The Jaguars' defense allowed 465 total yards - the most all season - and Denver's Terrell Davis rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns.
NOTES FROM THE BRONCOS GAME: The 37 points allowed by the Jaguars is the most since 44 by Detroit on 12/17/95. ... The Jaguars had not allowed an opposing player to rush for 100 yards in 18 straight regular-season games, the longest active streak in the league, until Denver's Terrell Davis ran for 136 yards (the last player was Washington's Terry Allen on 9/28/97). Davis became the fifth player to score three touchdowns against the Jaguars and the first with three rushing TDs. ... Denver's 24 points in the second quarter is the most ever given up by the Jaguars in a quarter, breaking the previous mark of 21 set twice by Cincinnati. In addition, Denver's 27 points in the first half tied for the second most ever in a half against the Jaguars (Cincinnati scored 28 points in the first half on 11/23/97 and Detroit had 27 points in the first half on 12/17/95). ... Despite being outgained (365 to 348), outrushed (170 to 66) and outpassed (295 to 282), the Jaguars matched the Broncos with 24 first downs. ... Of the Jaguars' 14 third-down plays, 10 were 3rd-and-10 or longer. ... Jacksonville's 66 rushing yards was the team's fewest since getting just 42 yards on 10/19/97 at Dallas, while Denver's 170 yards was the most against the Jaguars since Cincinnati rushed for 172 yards on 12/1/96... The Jaguars hadn't been sacked seven times in a game since 1995, when it happened twice, and their 71 yards in losses was their most ever. ... The team's 49 pass attempts tied for the second-most ever in a game (the record is 50 on 10/20/96 at St. Louis), and the 28 completions tied for the third most. ... The Jaguars' 26:13 time of possession was the second least this season. ... Fred Taylor's 27 yards rushing was the fewest for a team leader since Mark Brunell led the team with 24 yards rushing on 9/22/96 at New England ... Brunell's 353 yards passing was his second most this season and sixth most ever, and his three TD passes marked his sixth three-TD game (and first this year). ... Keenan McCardell led the team with nine catches for 113 yards, and Jimmy Smith paced the club with 121 yards on eight receptions. They both had 100-yard games in the same game for the first time since 9/20/98 vs. Baltimore. It was McCardell's ninth career 100-yard game and Smith's 12th. ... TE Damon Jones caught his third TD pass of the season, which gives him five career TDs on eight career receptions. Pete Mitchell's TD reception was the eighth of his career, and Fred Taylor's was his first receiving TD. ... Reggie Barlow's 206 yards on six kickoff returns set a team record, breaking Curtis Marsh's record of 169 on 11/12/95 vs. Seattle. Barlow's 91-yarder was the team's second longest to his 92-yarder on 12/7/97 vs. New England. ... The Jaguars scored in every quarter for the second time this year. ... Mike Logan's 17-yard punt return was the first by a player other than Reggie Barlow since 1996, when Chris Hudson handled the duties. ... George Jones rushed 2 times for 2 yards, making him the fifth player the Jaguars have had at halfback this season (James Stewart, Fred Taylor, Tavian Banks, Chris Howard and Jones). ... The Jaguars converted 5 of their 14 third-down attempts (36 percent), while the Broncos were 6 of 14 (43 percent). ... The Jaguars were held without a sack, leaving them with 11 for the year. ... Bryan Barker punted four times for a 39.5-yard average. ... PK Mike Hollis has made his last 23 consecutive field goal attempts on the road until missing from 51 yards on his second kick. ... MLB Bryan Schwartz led the team with 14 tackles (9 solo), and WLB Kevin Hardy had 11 tackles (2 solo). ... The Jaguars had one turnover and no takeaways, making them plus-two for the season. ... The attendance of 75,217 was the second most ever for a Jaguars game, next to the 77,635 who were at the previous week's game in Buffalo. A week prior to that, the Jaguars set a home record with 74,051 at ALLTEL Stadium for their game vs. Miami. ... The only player who dressed but did not play was QB Jamie Martin ... Friday's inactives were: RB Tavian Banks, RB Chris Howard, C John Wade and DT Seth Payne; Sunday's inactives were: QB Jonathan Quinn (third QB), CB Kevin Devine, G/OT Jeff Novak and DE Lamanzer Williams ... Jaguars captains were OTs Tony Boselli and Leon Searcy and DTs John Jurkovic and Renaldo Wynn.
FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE BRONCOS GAME: (on comparison to the Broncos) "We certainly are not there. We have a lot of football to play. In many cases we have to be a lot more competitive in certain positions, and we certainly have to play much better and more consistent football. We have to be able to get into a game like this. If it dictates that you throw, we have to be able to protect the passer. I was disappointed with everything in the first half. We came out and competed in the second half. Some things happened in a positive way in the second half, but certainly not well enough against a good football team.
(on not handling Denver's blitz and not putting pressure on John Elway) "We had trouble with the blitz. When we bring the blitz we don't get home, and we have problems when they do. We work on the blitz more than any team I have ever been around; we have some soul-searching to do there. We needed to get to the quarterback. We did get some hits on him in the first half after he got rid of the ball. We played pretty sound against the run, then you have a big play by Terrell (Davis) and that is pretty much the way his performance has gone in games where people have stayed with them for a while and then -bang - he makes a big play.
(on opening up the offense) "We did some things by script. We wanted to throw the ball, and we had a chance to throw the ball deep, we thought. The problem you have when you play the Broncos is that being behind in the second half like that, there is little or no (opportunities to) run. We did come out throwing; we wanted a mix. We tried a mix as best we could, but we probably didn't run the ball much, though that is what happens when you get behind. This game, in the first half, was very similar to the playoff game last year."
FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: "It is very discouraging. Like last week, I am up here saying, 'What are we going to do with this? Are we going to get better or are we going to cash it in?' I don't think so. We have to grow from this, learn from this loss and keep going forward. We have a lot of football ahead of us, but we certainly, in every area, have a lot of improving to do.
(on not being on the Broncos' level) "No question, I think we showed that tonight. They are a good football team in every area - on special teams and defense they are solid, and on offense they are the best. They were on today; they scored some points, took advantage of some opportunities and had some things going for them. It was their day.
(on the second half) "We knew we would have to come out and get things going. The first half was horrible, offensively and defensively. We did fight back, but it wasn't enough."
FROM OT TONY BOSELLI: "This makes two losses in a row. We are not playing very well. We are all bothered. The only way to get better is for each guy look at himself and realize that he has to get better.
(on playing Baltimore) "I don't think it will be tough for me to get ready. I want to win, and I don't think it will be tough for any guy in this room to get ready. If it is, guys need to see where they are at and what motivates them to play this game. We have to play better. We can't play like we did the first half because we leave our defense out on the field. They have the No. 1 offense, the best running back in the NFL. You can't do what we did and expect to win."
MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is Reggie Barlow, who set a team record with 206 yards on six kickoff returns, including a 91-yarder that set up a touchdown and is the second longest in franchise history. Barlow also caught one pass for 20 yards and returned one punt for one yard.
THE TEAL IS REAL . . .Since November 24, 1996, when the Jaguars began their run to the '96 playoffs, their record is fourth best in the NFL behind Green Bay, San Francisco and Denver. The Jaguars have won 21 of their last 28 regular-season games. Here's a look at the league's best records since November 24, 1996:
. . . WITH THE THIRD-BEST RECORD AT HOME . . .The Jaguars have gone 7-1 at ALLTEL Stadium each of the last two seasons and are 3-0 this year, which gives them a 17-2 record, which is tied for the fourth-best mark at home in the last three seasons. The Jaguars have lost only one home game since the second week of the 1996 season and have won 18 of their last 20 home games dating back to December 24, 1995, in their inaugural season. Here are the best home records in the NFL since the start of the 1996 season:
. . . AND FOURTH-BEST RECORD ON THE ROAD . . . The Jaguars are one of only nine NFL teams with a better than .500 record on the road dating back to November 24, 1996. The Jaguars' 8-6 record away from home during that time is tied for the fourth-best mark in the NFL. Here are the only teams in the league with a .500 or better record on the road since November 24, 1996:
|1. San Francisco||10-4||.714|
|2. Green Bay Packers||9-4||.692|
|3. Minnesota Vikings||9-5||.643|
|4. Jacksonville Jaguars||8-6||.571|
|6. New England||7-7||.500|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7-7||.500|
|Pittsburg Steelers *||7-7||.500|
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 15 regular-season games:
Sunday at Denver, Barlow returned six kickoffs for a team-record 206 yards, including a 91-yarder that set up a touchdown and is the second longest in team history to his 92-yarder last season. Currently, Barlow is second in the AFC in both punt returns (14.4) and kickoff returns (27.7). In addition, in last year's AFC playoffs, he also returned three kickoffs for 118 yards, with a 52-yarder. Rookie Tavian Banks returned a kickoff 65 yards in Week 2 against Kansas City and has a 26.6-yard average on five kickoff returns.
TWO 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 years, and they can extend their record to five in 1998. Following is a chart comparing the receiving yards of the two terrific tandems:
THE FIRST FOUR SEASONS: Of the 10 expansion teams in NFL history, the Jaguars have the most victories through four seasons. The Jaguars have 29 victories in three-plus seasons, compared to 26 for Carolina and 25 for Seattle (in four full seasons). Here's how NFL expansion teams fared in their first four seasons:
THE COMEBACK CAT: Since the Jaguars' inaugural season of 1995, QB Mark Brunell has led the Jaguars to 10 come-from-behind victories in the fourth quarter. Here's a recap:
|Oct. 12, 1998||vs. Miami||28-21||Down 21-14 early in the forth quarter, Brunell threw two TD passes to Keenan McCardell for the victory on "Monday Night Football." The first score was a 23-yarder with 11:55 remaining to tie the game, and the game-winner came on a 56-yard pass with 2:44 left on the first play after a missed Miami field goal.|
|Sept. 27, 1998||at Tennessee||27-22||Trailing 22-21 entering the forth quarter, Brunell led the Jaguars to field goals on back-to-back possessions on drives of 10 and 13 plays.|
|Sept. 6, 1998||at Chicago||24-23||Down 23-17 with 4:08 to play, Brunell drove the Jaguars 87 yards in 12 plays, throwing a four-yard TD pass to Jimmy Smith for the winning score.|
|Sept. 22, 1997||vs. Pittsburgh||30-21||Down 21-20 with 10:28 remaining in the game, Brunell drove the Jaguars 72 yards in 13 plays, culminating in a 27-yard field goal from Mike Hollis with 4:14 left that gave Jacksonville the lead. Pittsburgh then drove downfield and attempted a winning field goal, which was blocked and returned for a touchdown.|
|Dec. 28, 1996||at Buffalo||30-27||Tied 20-20 heading into the quarter, Brunell threw a pass that was (Wild-Card) tipped, then intercepted and returned for a touchdown. He then led the Jaguars to 10 unanswered points, including a 2-yard TD pass to Jimmy Smith on third down, for the team's first-ever playoff victory.|
|Dec. 15, 1996||vs. Seattle||20-13||Down 13-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Jaguars scored 13 unanswered points to win 20-13. First, Brunell threw a 39-yard TD pass to Jimmy Smith, then Mike Hollis kicked field goals of 19 and 39 yards.|
|Nov. 24, 1996||at Baltimore||28-25 (OT)||Down 25-10 entering the fourth quarter. Scored two touchdowns on Brunell TD passes to Pete Mitchell and Willie Jackson and a two-point conversion on a Brunell run. Brunell led Jacksonville 48 yards on 9 plays to set up Mike Hollis' game-winning 34-yard field goal.|
|Nov. 10, 1996||Baltimore||30-27||Down 27-16 with 6:23 to play. Scored on last two possessions, an 8-yard pass from Brunell to James Stewart and a 1-yard run by Brunell (with Brunell throwing a pass to Keenan McCardell for a two-point conversion).|
|Dec. 24, 1995||Cleveland||24-21||Down 14-13, Brunell ran 27 yards for a TD and threw a pass for a two-point conversion for a 21-14 lead. Cleveland tied the game 21-21 with 1:13 to play, then Brunell led the Jaguars 63 yards in 5 plays for a 34-yard field goal by Mike Hollis for the game-winner.|
|Oct. 1, 1995||at Houston||17-16||Down 16-10 with 2:27 remaining, Jeff Lageman forced a fumble. Brunell, in a relief role, drove the Jaguars 45 yards in five plays, leading to a 15-yard TD pass to Desmond Howard and the extra point by Mike Hollis. It was the franchise's first-ever victory.|
BRUNELL'S TOUCHDOWN TARGETS: Mark Brunell has thrown 64 TD passes in four seasons in Jacksonville. Here are the 14 players who have caught them: Jimmy Smith (13), Keenan McCardell (11), Willie Jackson (10), Pete Mitchell (7), James Stewart (5), Damon Jones (5), Ernest Givins (3), Cedric Tillman (3), Andre Rison (2), Fred Taylor (1), Derek Brown (1), Ty Hallock (1), Desmond Howard (1), Natrone Means (1).
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: Through eight weeks, the Jaguars rank 7th in the NFL in total offense (5th rushing, 15th passing), and they rank 25th in defense (13th rushing and 28th passing). ... The Jaguars have scored 164 points, an average of 23.4 per game, third in the conference behind Denver (34.3), New England (24.3) and the New York Jets (23.7). ... The Jaguars' offense is 10th in the NFL in third down percentage (39 of 95, 41.1 percent) and the defense is the 16th in the NFL in opponent's third-down conversions (35 of 95, 36.8 percent). A year ago in third down percentage, the Jaguars ranked 12th on offense (39.2 percent) and last on defense (45.1 percent). ... The Jaguars are second in the AFC with an average of 6.06 yards on first downs. Denver leads the conference with 6.58 yards. ... The Jaguars' plus-2 difference in turnovers-takeaways is tied for seventh in the AFC and tied for 10th in the NFL. ... RB Fred Taylor is tied for fifth in the AFC with five touchdowns ... Mike Hollis is 10th in the AFC in scoring with 44 points. ... QB Mark Brunell is fifth in the AFC in passing with a 95.3 rating, which would be a career high. Brunell's 12 TD passes leads the AFC and is fourth in the NFL. He also is second in the conference with a 113.3 passer rating in the fourth quarter. ... WR Keenan McCardell is second in the AFC with 40 catches, and Jimmy Smith is tied for seventh in the AFC with 32 receptions. Smith's 513 yards is fourth in the AFC, and McCardell's 500 yards is fifth. ... Despite just four starts, Fred Taylor is 13th in the AFC with 406 yards rushing with. ... In AFC total yards from scrimmage, Taylor is 13th with 536 yards. Smith is 17th with 513 yards, and McCardell is 18th with 500 yards. ... Reggie Barlow is second in the AFC in both punt returns (14.4-yard average) and kickoff returns (27.7 yards). ... Chris Hudson is tied for 10th in the AFC with two interceptions. ... P Bryan Barker is 13th in the AFC in gross punting (43.3) and tied for seventh in net punting (37.3), but numbers can be deceiving. Barker is tied with the second-fewest punts returned in the AFC (12), and he has the fewest return yards (89) and the fifth-most inside-the-20 punts in the conference (12). Says coach Tom Coughlin, "A lot of it is the short field. It's all strategy. I'm not worried about that part of it (Barker's average)."
1998 STATS AND SUCH: In seven games, the Jaguars have 15 plays of 30 or more yards. They had 22 plays of 30-plus yards in 1997, 26 in 1996 and 12 in 1995. ... The Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the first quarter (38-19), third quarter (48-23) and fourth quarter (37-34) and have been outscored in the second quarter (41-70). ... The offense has used six different starting lineup combinations in the seven games, while the defense has had a different starting lineup in all seven games. ... Of the Jaguars' 131 completed passes this season, 79 have been to wide receivers, 18 to tight ends and 34 to running backs. ... Jaguars opponents have begun 20 possessions inside their own 20, and they have scored on only one of those drives (1 FG). The Jaguars have begun 13 possessions inside their own 20, and they have scored on 2 of them (2 TD). On 25 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 12 TDs and 8 FGs. Their opponents have scored 10 TDs and 11 FGs in 23 trips. ... The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 20 points, while their opponents have scored 22 points off turnovers. ... In four seasons, the Jaguars are 7 for 11 on two-point conversions, while their opponents are 2 for 9 (the Jaguars had one attempt and conversion this year, which was nullified by a penalty). ... The Jaguars are 2 for 3 on fourth-down conversions; their opponents are 4 of 7 this season.
In four seasons, the Jaguars are 1-0 in August, 8-8 in September, 7-9 in October, 6-5 in November and 7-4 in December. ... Mark Brunell is 26-21 as a starter in regular-season games, 28-23 overall. ... The average age of the 53-man roster as of October 26 was 26.20 years old. There were 24 players 25 or younger, 23 players between 26 and 29 years old, and six players 30 or older. The youngest player is RB Fred Taylor (22 years, 9 months), and the oldest is P Bryan Barker (34). ... Nine rookies are on the roster, including eight of the 11 draft choices (RB Fred Taylor, S Donovin Darius, CB Cordell Taylor, QB Jonathan Quinn, RB Tavian Banks, C/G John Wade, DE Lamanzer Williams and WR Alvis Whitted) ... More than half of the players (35) have four years or less of NFL experience, and only 5 players are in their eighth season or more. ... There are 16 players who are new to the team this year, and 37 who were with the team before this year. In addition to the eight draft choices, the other eight new players are C Quentin Neujahr (restricted free agent from Baltimore); LB Bryce Paup (unrestricted free agent from Buffalo); QB Jamie Martin, DEs Fernando Smith and Eric Curry and RBs George Jones (veteran free agent), Chris Howard (rookie free agent) and FB Zack Crockett (claimed off waivers). ... The Jaguars have 11 players who were first-round selections in the college draft, including six of their own picks: DE Jeff Lageman, who is on I.R. (1989, New York Jets), DT Kelvin Pritchett (1991, Dallas Cowboys, but traded to Detroit on Draft Day), OT Leon Searcy (1992, Pittsburgh Steelers), CB Deon Figures (1993, Pittsburgh Steelers), DE Eric Curry (1993, Tampa Bay), OT Tony Boselli (1995, Jaguars), RB James Stewart, who is on I.R. (1995, Jaguars), LB Kevin Hardy (1996, Jaguars), DT Renaldo Wynn (1997, Jaguars), RB Fred Taylor (1998, Jaguars) and S Donovin Darius (1998, Jaguars).
In three seasons, five Jaguars have played in all 59 games (regular season and postseason) in franchise history: WR Jimmy Smith, TEs Pete Mitchell and Rich Griffith, PK Mike Hollis and P Bryan Barker. ... OT Leon Searcy has started the most consecutive games, 87 dating back to 1993 when he was with the Steelers. Searcy has played in 101 straight games. ... Five players have played in more than 100 games during their careers: P Bryan Barker (126), DE Joel Smeenge (120), LB Bryce Paup (114), DT Kelvin Pritchett (107) and OT Leon Searcy (102). ... Paup has 90 career starts, followed by Searcy (87). ... OT Tony Boselli and QB Mark Brunell have each started 47 games for the Jaguars, followed by Ben Coleman (44).