Jags vs Bills game notes

WITH THE WIN, THE JAGUARS...

  • Improved their record to 8-3 in 2007, tied for the second-best start in franchise history (10-1, 1999; 8-3 in 1997, 1998 and 2005).
  • Have won eight of their last 10 games and improved to 6-2 against the AFC this season.
  • Improved to 3-4 against Buffalo.
  • Have won 12 of their last 16 games at home and improved to 16-6 at home since 2005 and 25-13 overall under head coach Jack Del Rio.
  • Improved to 37-22 overall since 2004, the seventh-best mark in the NFL.
  • Head coach Jack Del Rio improved to 42-33 since taking over the helm in 2003.
  • Improved to 12-8 under Del Rio in November. Have won 10 of their last 12 home games in November.

SPREADING IT AROUND: The Jaguars had three different players with at least five receptions for the first time since 10/31/04 at Houston. Dennis Northcutt (5-65), Marcedes Lewis (5-57) and Ernest Wilford (5-60) all had five receptions.

20-PLUS POINTS EQUAL SUCCESS: The Jaguars have scored 24 or more points in five consecutive games, the most consecutive games with 24-plus points under head coach Jack Del Rio. The Jaguars are 32-9 since 2003 under Del Rio when they score 20-plus points including a 5-1 mark in 2007. When the Jaguars hold an opponent to less than 20 points, the club has a 33-7 record since 2003.

SUCCESS WITH THE LEAD: The Jaguars are 32-6 when leading after the third quarter under head coach Jack Del Rio. The Jaguars have won 18 consecutive games when they lead after the third quarter. Their last defeat when leading after the third quarter was at St. Louis on October 30, 2005.

PROTECTING HOME TURF: The Jaguars own a 25-13 home mark under head coach Jack Del Rio and have won 11 of their last 16 games at home. The Jaguars have posted a 16-6 mark at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium since 2005 including a 4-2 mark in 2007.

QUICK START: The Jaguars scored on their first three possessions for the second consecutive game and third time in the last four games. The Jaguars have scored on their opening possession in four consecutive games and have scored a touchdown in the first quarter in five consecutive games. On the other side of the ball, the Jaguars have allowed only nine points (3 FGs) on the opponents first possession in 11 games. They join the New England Patriots as the only two teams to have not allowed a touchdown on the opening possession. Opponents have been held scoreless in the first quarter in three consecutive games and six of 11 games this season.

GARRARD FINISHES WITH CAREER-HIGH 296 PASSING YARDS: David Garrard threw for a career-high 296 passing yards as he completed 23 of 37 passes for one touchdown. Garrard hooked up with Reggie Williams for a 59-yard touchdown, the longest touchdown pass of his career. The 37 passing attempts were the second-most of his career (40, 12/18/05 vs. San Francisco) and the 23 completions were also the second-most of his career (26, 12/11/05 vs. Indianapolis). Garrard surpassed 5,000 career passing yards today. He has thrown for eight touchdowns and no interceptions in his last seven home starts.

GARRARD SETS TEAM RECORD WITH 209 PASSES WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION: David Garrard surpassed his previous team record with 209 straight pass attempts without an interception. Garrard held the record at 175 pass attempts without a pick from 12/4/05 through 11/12/06. Garrard has completed 136 of 209 passes for 1,626 yards and nine touchdowns in 2007. Garrard extended his team record to eight consecutive games without an interception.

SCOBEE FINISHES WITH CAREER-HIGH 18 POINTS: K Josh Scobee connected on a career-high five field goals and scored a career-high 18 points, tied for the third-most in team history and tied for the most by a kicker (Mike Hollis, 18, 9/10/00 at Balt.). Scobee has been successful on field goals of 40-plus yards in back-to-back games. He has connected on all seven field goals in 2007.

BACK IN THE END ZONE: Maurice Jones-Drew has scored a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games and six of the last eight games. Jones-Drew has 24 touchdowns in the last 25 games. He moved into third place in team history for most career rushing touchdowns with 20.

TAYLOR RUSHES FOR 100 YARDS FOR FIRST TIME IN 2007: RB Fred Taylor recorded his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and 43rd of his career as he finished with 104 yards on 14 carries. Taylor's 7.4 average per carry was his highest with at least 10 carries since 10/30/05 at St. Louis (22-165, 7.5 avg.). It marked his 21st career 100-yard game at home and 15th in November. It was his first 100-yard rushing game since 12/10/06 vs. Indianapolis, a span of 12 games.

TAYLOR SCORES ON 50-YARD TD RUN: RB Fred Taylor gave the Jaguars an early 7-0 with a 50-yard touchdown run on the club's first possession, his longest touchdown run since 10/30/05 at St. Louis when he had a 71-yard scoring run. It was the 66th career touchdown for Taylor and he joined Jimmy Smith (418) and Mike Hollis (764) as the only three Jaguars to score 400 career points. Taylor finished the first half with 91 rushing yards, the most in a game this season. Taylor has a rush of 10-plus yards in all 11 games and has two 50-yard rushes in 2007, the most by Taylor in a season since 1998 (3). Taylor has a touchdown in two of the last three games.

SPICER PICKS UP TEAM-LEADING SIXTH SACK: DE Paul Spicer recorded his sixth sack of the season in the third quarter. The sack moved him into fourth place in team history with 23.5 sacks, surpassing John Henderson (23.0).

SAMMY KNIGHT RECORDS 42ND CAREER INTERCEPTION: Sammy Knight recorded an interception for the second consecutive game and increased his career total to 42. Knight leads the Jaguars with four interceptions, the most since he had four in Miami in 2004.

GLENN PLAYS IN 200TH CAREER GAME: CB Aaron Glenn started in place of injured Rashean Mathis. It marked Glenn's 200th career game and 174th career start. Glenn started on October 28 at Tampa Bay.

MATHIS SNAPS STREAK AT 74 CONSECUTIVE STARTS: Cornerback Rashean Mathis missed a game for the first time in his career and snapped a streak of 74 consecutive starts since being drafted in 2003. It was the longest active streak on the team. Mathis was inactive with a groin injury.

WILLIAMS SCORES ON 59-YARD RECEPTION: WR Reggie Williams had his team-leading sixth touchdown reception of the season, on a 59-yard pass from the Garrard, the most by a Jaguars receiver since Ernest Wilford had seven in 2005. Williams has a touchdown in back-to-back games for the second time this season and third time in his career. The 59-yard touchdown reception was the second-longest of his career as he recorded an 80-yard score earlier this season at New Orleans on 11/4/07.

TIDBITS: TE Marcedes Lewis had a career-high five receptions for 57 yards ... WR Ernest Wilford and RB Maurice Jones-Drew are the only two Jaguars to have at least one reception in all 11 games ... S Jamaal Fudge recovered a fumble in the second quarter, the eighth for the Jaguars this season ... RB Fred Taylor had a season-high two receptions ... LB Justin Durant made his third start of the season and recorded his first career interception ... Adam Podlesh had one punt for 51 yards ... The Jaguars have been even or won the turnover margin in nine of 11 games ... The Jaguars have allowed 17 or fewer points in eight of 11 games ... The Bills finished with 94 rushing yards as the Jaguars have allowed only 100-plus yards in four of 11 games ... The Jaguars have rushed for 100-plus yards in nine of 11 games and 21 of the last 23 games ... The Jaguars have scored at least three touchdowns in five consecutive games ...

INACTIVE PLAYERS: The following players were inactive for the Jaguars: WR John Broussard, RB LaBrandon Toefield, CB Rashean Mathis, LB Mike Peterson, OT Richard Collier, OL Tutan Reyes, S Lamont Thompson and DE Bobby McCray.

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