The Jaguars led 24-3 at halftime and then forced five Kansas City turnovers in the second half. Even though the Chiefs won the statistical battles (424 to 332 in yards, 23 to 16 in first downs and 36:14 to 23:46 in time of possession), they got their only score on a fumble return by Danan Hughes after Jacksonville's Chris Hudson made an interception and then fumbled the ball. The Jaguars sacked Chiefs quarterback Rich Gannon six times to set a team record. FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE CHIEFS GAME: "It was an outstanding performance. Our defense played so well in the second half with turnovers and sacks, although it was on the field too long. The offense didn't do much in the second half; it did a good job in the first half, excellent, against a very good football team. The special teams did a very good job, and (Bryan) Barker kept them backed up with his punting game. And we rushed the ball for a lot of yards today. It was a good win against an outstanding team." (on the defense) "It was outstanding to get five turnovers in the Chiefs' last seven drives. Turnovers were huge today. The defense was outstanding and rose to the occasion. We knew exactly what it had to do and did an outstanding job." (on the offense in the second half) "Unfortunately we got nothing going in the second half, but nothing will take away from an outstanding win here against a very, very good Kansas City Chiefs team. (The first half) was very good, reminiscent of Philadelphia here . . . a lot of big plays and a lot of outstanding football being played. I wish it was for four quarters." (on bogging down in the second half) "I think we do it to ourselves as much as anything. We want to take care of the ball, don't want to turn the ball over in that situation, 24-3. The defense is playing well. It just becomes a little lopsided in the numbers. At the end of the game, the naked, we felt we had to be aggressive because our football team was not feeding off our aggressiveness anymore. We had become a little too conservative in our offense, so we had to try to do something and we did it off a run action and it's unfortunate we threw the interception." (on winning 11 straight games at home) "It was great to be home. It was tremendous to be home with our fans, over 70,000 fans, a beautiful football day here in Jacksonville. We'd like that stat to continue. I'd like for people to think it's tough for people to come in here and play. We continue to learn and improve, our fans, in their ability to keep the other people from communicating well on third down. I think we can do better." FROM G BEN COLEMAN: "We were able to establish the run early, and our passing game is pretty effective. Everything we did early on pretty much worked. They didn't see this unit together and we communicated well. We played pretty well together." (on playing tackle and replacing Tony Boselli) "I felt pretty comfortable out there. I just had to make some adjustments. Every time I had a problem I would come back and talk to Tony and he kind of gave me an insight on what I was doing wrong. He helped me throughout the game and I was able to adjust and it worked out for the best." FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: "It was a long time coming (getting his first 100-yard game since Week Three). Our passing game has been subpar in past couple of games. The main thing was we got a win today against a very good football team. We made a lot of good plays early and we had a good game plan coming into the game. Our tempo was up and we were very physical and we took it to them and they couldn't stop us. We knew coming in we were going to play a tough physical ball club. Their corners are very physical along with Derrick Thomas and we knew we were going to have to mix it up in order to win the football game." (on second half letdown): "It is a letdown, and we as offensive players are letting our defense down. We've got to keep our defense off the field because it's allowing our opponents to score more points, or a chance to score more points. We just have to get better." FROM RB JAMES STEWART: "When we get down there, we're going to score points and we were able to get some points on the board early. That helps us out tremendously. Guys on the offensive line stepped up and guys played big when guys are hurt. The offensive line played big." (on the 11-game home winning streak): "Players realize this is our home, and when people come in here we want them to know it is home of the Jaguars, our domain and you're going to have a cat fight on your hands for 60 minutes." NOTES FROM THE CHIEFS GAME: The Jaguars scored their second-most points ever in the first half when they jumped out to a 24-3 halftime lead against Kansas City (they scored 27 points against Seattle in 1995). . . . The Jaguars have scored on their first drive in six of their 10 games this season (five TDs, one field goal). . . . The Jaguars were outgained for the seventh consecutive game, in which time they are 4-3. . . . The Jaguars had only 51 offensive plays and they failed to convert on any of their eight third downs, a franchise low. . . . The Jaguars had 150 yards rushing, their second most of the season and fifth best in team history, and they averaged 5.6 yards on 27 attempts. Natrone Means rushed 14 times for a team-high 62 yards and James Stewart had 10 carries for 54 yards. Both players scored touchdowns. Stewart now has eight rushing touchdowns this season, which ties his own single-season record set last season. . . . Their 182 passing yards marked their fifth game with fewer than 200 yards; in 1996, they had just one game with fewer than 200 yards passing. . . . Mark Brunell was 9 of 20 for 199 yards and one TD. He did not throw an interception for the ninth time in his last 12 games played. Brunell has just four interceptions in his last 350 pass attempts dating back to last November 24. . . . Jimmy Smith led the team with four receptions for 112 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the season . . . Which ties his own single-season team record set last year . . . his first since Week Three and the eighth of his career. His 75-yard reception in the first quarter was the longest play from scrimmage in franchise history. He was caught from behind on the one-yard line. The previous record was 71 yards for a touchdown from Steve Beuerlein to Randy Jordan on September 10, 1995 at Cincinnati. The 93-yard drive, capped by a one-yard Stewart touchdown, tied for the second-longest drive in Jaguars history. . . . Smith also has at least one reception in 34 consecutive regular-season games and is also one of six players to play in all 42 Jaguars regular-season games. . . . Keenan McCardell has caught at least one pass in 32 straight games, 26 with the Jaguars. . . . Pete Mitchell has now scored a touchdown in three consecutive games, which ties the Jaguars team record set by Cedric Tillman and Jimmy Smith in 1995. Mitchell has six career touchdowns and three this season. . . . Smith and Mitchell join Don Davey, Rich Griffith, Bryan Barker and Mike Hollis as the six Jaguars who have played in all 42 regular-season games in team history. . . . The Jaguars' six sacks (two by Jeff Lageman, two by Clyde Simmons, one by Tony Brackens and one by Don Davey) set a single-game record. The previous record of five was set five times. For Simmons, his two sacks gives him 108 in his career. He ranks 11th in NFL history and seventh among active players for career sacks. Simmons now has 69 games in his career, including nine with the Jaguars, in which he had at least one sack, and he has 25 games with two or more sacks. . . . The Jaguars now have 33 sacks in 10 games, four short of the team-record 37 they had in 1996. . . . Deon Figures made his fourth interception, which is a team record for interceptions in a season. The previous record of three interceptions was set by Harry Colon in 1995. . . . Chris Hudson made his second interception of the season and fifth of his career to set a Jaguars career record, breaking the mark of four career interceptions that he held with Figures. . . . The Jaguars had two turnovers for just the third time this season, and they had five takeaways, leaving them with an AFC-leading plus-12 turnover ratio for the season. . . . The five fumbles by Kansas City was a record and three fumbles lost by the Chiefs ties the Jaguars single-game record for opponents. . . . WLB Eddie Robinson led the team with 14 tackles (6 solo) and CB Dave Thomas had 11 tackles (all solos). . . . Bryan Barker punted seven times for a 42.3-yard average, with five kicks inside the 20, which set a team single-game record. . . . The Jaguars scored touchdowns all three times they were in the red zone, while Kansas City never got past the 22-yard line. . . . PK Mike Hollis kicked a 52-yard field goal. He is now 6 of 8 over his career on kicks of 50 yards or longer. . . . All 45 players who dressed played in the game. . . . Friday's inactives were: CB Aaron Beasley, LB Kevin Hardy, OT Tony Boselli and G/OT Todd Fordham; Sunday's inactives were: QB Steve Matthews (third QB), S Mike Logan, LB James Hamilton and DE Jabbar Threats. . . . Jaguars captains were DE Jeff Lageman, DE Clyde Simmons, OT Leon Searcy and WR Keenan McCardell. MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is DE Jeff Lageman, who had two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the Jaguars' 24-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Lageman also had five tackles and three QB pressures. NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals at 4:00 EST Sunday, November 23 at Cynergy Field, where they are 0-2 so far. The Bengals are 3-7 this season after defeating the winless Indianapolis Colts 28-13 last Sunday in the Hoosier Dome. Boomer Esiason came off the bench and threw two second-half touchdown passes in his first extended action of the season. The Bengals are 2-2 at home this season and play four of their final five games at Cinergy Field after traveling to Pittsburgh this Sunday. SMITH AND McCARDELL HAVE FOURTH-MOST RECEPTIONS: Jacksonville's starting tandem of wide receivers . . . Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith . . . have combined for the fourth-most receptions of any team's top two wideouts so far this season. McCardell and Smith have caught a combined 92 passes for 1,304 yards and five touchdowns this year. Of Smith and McCardell, Oilers head coach Jeff Fisher commented, "it's fun to watch them in a week that you're not preparing for them. They are playing as well as any tandem in the league right now."
Here's the top receiving tandems in the NFL:
NBC's Paul Maguire, who was a star punter (and linebacker) with the Buffalo Bills in the 1960s, said of Barker, "I think he's the best punter in the game today." Leading the league is nothing new for Barker. In 1995, he became the first Jaguar to lead the NFL in a statistical category when his 38.64 net average led the NFL. In 1994, when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles, Barker led the NFC with a 36.3-yard net average. He has never played in the Pro Bowl. This season, Barker has punted 47 times, with just five touchbacks and 18 kicks inside the 20, which is tied for the AFC lead and is just two off his career high set in 1994 when he was in Philadelphia.
Here's the NFL's leading net punters this season:
PUTTING ON THE PRESSURE: With a team-record six sacks in their victory over Kansas City, the Jaguars are tied for fifth in the NFL with 33 sacks for the season. That puts them four away from their single-season record of 37 sacks set in 1996. In 1995, the team's inaugural season, the Jaguars had just 17 sacks. Twelve-year veteran Clyde Simmons is tied for second in the AFC with 7.5 sacks, which ties his Jaguars single-season record set last year. He is followed by second-year pro Tony Brackens, who has seven sacks.
Here are the NFL sack leaders for 1997: