Jaguars Fangirl: Week 13

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It’s Week 13, DUUUVAL...which means there’s only a month of regular season football left in 2019! This season has flown by. This weekend the Jags will host their fellow Florida team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams head into the matchup at 4-7, but the all time record lies with the Jags. Since the two teams play in different conferences, they don’t play each other too often, but when they have, Jags get it done! In fact, the two teams have played only six times - the Jags winning four and the Bucs two. The last game was in 2015. 

The all-Florida matchup pits a pair of teams looking to end their seasons’ on a high note. This is especially true for Jacksonville who is on a three-game losing streak while the Buccaneers have won two of their last three. 

The matchup to watch this week is Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston against the Jags defensive backs. Winston leads the NFL with 22 thrown interceptions this season and is second in most sacks allowed (36). Additionally, Winston has the worst completion percentage (59.9%) amongst starters with more than 100 pass attempts. Although Winston is having negative numbers like these, the Bucs offense is the only offense in the NFL with two wide receivers over 1,000 yards on the season so far. They’re fourth in the league in total offensive yards per game (386.4) and passing yards per game (288.1). Plus, they average 28 points per game. 

Meanwhile, six different Jags players have an interception this season with Ronnie Harrison and Tre Herndon leading the way with two a piece. I believe this will be the most entertaining matchups to pay attention to this weekend. If the Jags can stop the Bucs pass game, then they can walk out of TIAA Bank Stadium with a win this week. 

The players to know this week come from the specialists unit. Both kicker Josh Lambo and punter Logan Cooke are up for pro bowl recognition. Earlier this season, I mentioned Josh Lambo and the incredible season he was having, but Cooke is right up there with him! The Jags punter is second in the NFL with a net average of 43.8 yards per punt as well as tied for 18 fair catches. 

Lambo is also enjoying a fantastic 2019 campaign, as he ranks third amongst his position with 24 made field goals, including one for 50+ yards, and has connected on 96% of his FG attempts this season (24 of 25). Lambo also leads the Jags team with 85 points this season. In a high-scoring game like we can expect this weekend’s game to be, guys like Lambo and Cooke are extremely valuable when called upon - and the Jags have two of the best in the business. Also, make sure you’re voting for to get them to the Pro Bowl this year! 

If you’re tired of Thanksgiving leftovers, make sure to spice things up with these new recipes brought to you by Fresh from Florida. 

First up is the Florida Chicken, Avocado and Swish Wrap:

The Preparation:

3 Florida chicken breasts

1 large Florida avocado, peeled and sliced

4 slices Swiss cheese

4 whole-wheat wraps

¼ cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 lemon, juiced

1 lime, juiced

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

How to Make:

In a small bowl combine the yogurt, mustard, and lemon juice; season with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Place two slices of cheese on top of each wrap, place on a cookie sheet and broil in the oven until the cheese melts. Remove from the oven and add chicken slices to each wrap. Add sliced avocado, sprinkle with lime juice, and top with yogurt sauce. Fold the wrap to create a sandwich.

And to compliment the dish, we have a delicious side to try! The Florida Vegetable and Pasta Salad:

The Preparation:

1 large Florida bell pepper, diced small

1 pint Florida tomatoes, halved

2 stalks Florida celery, diced small

1 pound whole wheat pasta (your favorite)

½ cup black olives, halved

½ small red onion, diced small

6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cube

½ cup pepperoncini, sliced thin

3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Dressing

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

½ lemon, juiced

2 tablespoons all-purpose seasoning

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

How to Make:

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Remove from heat, drain and set aside. In a small bowl combine yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and all-purpose seasoning. Stir to combine, taste and adjust seasoning as needed. In a large bowl combine pasta and all other ingredients. Add dressing a third at a time (you may not need all of it). Serve immediately or chilled.

Fresh tip: Leftover dressing can be used on salads or as a sauce for other vegetables or protein.

Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! Let’s cheer on the Jags to another victory this Sunday!

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