Kansas City game notes

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WITH THE WIN, THE JAGUARS...

  • Improved their record to 3-1 in 2007 and marks the sixth time in team history (1997-99, 2002, 2004) the club has at least three wins in their first four games. The best start in franchise history was 4-0 in 1998.
  • Won their third consecutive game for the first time since 2005 (12/18 vs. San Francisco, 12/24 at Houston, 1/1 vs. Tennessee). The Jaguars won back-to-back road games for the first time since 2005 when the club won four consecutive road games (11/20 at Tennessee, 11/27 at Arizona, 12/4 at Cleveland, 12/24 at Houston).
  • Improved to 5-2 against Kansas City with wins in seven of their last 10 games against AFC West opponents including a 23-14 win at Denver in their last game on Sept. 23. The Jaguars own a 12-8 all-time record against AFC West opponents including a 6-3 mark under head coach Jack Del Rio.
  • Head coach Jack Del Rio improved to 37-31 since taking over the helm in 2003. The Jaguars improved to 15-11 on the road since 2004.
  • Improved to 32-20 since 2004, the seventh-best mark in the NFL.
  • Won their first two road games for the first time since 2004 and only the fourth time in team history (1998-99, 2004). Equaled their road wins total from 2006 (2-6).

JAGUARS HOLD CHIEFS TO FEWEST RUSHING YARDS IN HISTORY:
The Jaguars held the Chiefs to 10 rushing yards, the fewest by an opponent in team history. In addition, the Chiefs had only 10 rushing attempts, the fewest by a Jaguars opponent in team history. It was the fewest rushing yards by the Chiefs since 1965 and the second-fewest in team history.

DOMINATING DEFENSE:
The Jaguars rank second in the NFL in 2007 by allowing only 10.3 points per game through the first four games. The Jaguars are the only team in the NFL to hold their opponents to 14 points or less in every game this season.

JAGUARS ALLOW FEWEST POINTS IN TEAM HISTORY AFTER FOUR GAMES:
The Jaguars have allowed only 41 points through four games, the fewest in team history after four games. The previous low was 46 points in 1999.

GARRARD MAKES HISTORY:
Quarterback David Garrard became the first quarterback in franchise history to not throw an interception in the first four games. In addition, Garrard joined Mark Brunell (1998, 2002) as the only two quarterbacks in franchise history to have 100-plus ratings in three consecutive starts. He threw a touchdown pass in his seventh consecutive game which tied for sixth in team history (Byron Leftwich, 7, 9/12/04 through 10/24/04). He has 11 touchdowns in his last eight road starts. He improved to 13-9 as a starter and 6-4 on the road. Garrard hooked up with Dennis Northcutt for a 40-yard pass in the fourth quarter, the fourth-longest completion of his career.

PLAYING KEEP AWAY:
QB David Garrard directed an 18-play drive that lasted 10:55 on the Jaguars opening possession. It tied for the longest drive in team history for plays and was the second-longest in team history for time. The Jaguars had an 18-play drive that lasted a team-record 11:44 earlier this season at Denver on 9/23. Garrard was also under center as a rookie for the 18-play drive against Tennessee on 12/22/02. The Jaguars finished with four drives of nine plays or more against the Chiefs and have 13 drives of nine plays or more through four games.

NORTHCUTT MAKES MARK:
WR Dennis Northcutt led the Jaguars with four receptions for 73 yards including his first touchdown of the season. Northcutt had a 40-yard reception from David Garrard in the fourth quarter and concluded the drive with a three-yard touchdown reception. Northcutt, who has a 20-plus yard reception in all four games, has already surpassed his 2006 receiving yards total of 228.

MAURICE JONES BREAKS LOOSE FOR 52-YARD TD RUN; SECOND-LONGEST OF HIS CAREER:
RB/KR Maurice Jones-Drew raced 52 yards in the second quarter for his first touchdown of the season. It was the second-longest run of his career (74t, vs. New England, 12/24/06). Jones-Drew has scored a touchdown in nine of the last 12 games and has 17 touchdowns in the last 18 games. Additional notes on Jones-Drew:

  • Recorded his sixth career game with 100-plus yards from scrimmage. * Has scored a touchdown in nine of the last 12 games. He has 17 touchdowns in the last 18 games. * Has eight touchdowns in the last 10 road games. He has scored a rushing touchdown in six of the last seven road games. * Moved into a tie for fourth place in team history with his 14th career rushing touchdown (14, Mark Brunell, 1995-2003).

TIDBITS
Opponents have scored only three points against the Jaguars in the first quarter through four games ... LS Joe Zelenka extended his team-record by playing in his 100th consecutive game ... The Jaguars have rushed for 100-plus yards in 15 of the last 16 games and 150-plus yards in six of the last seven road games ... Adam Podlesh had a career-long 56-yard punt in the third quarter ... The Jaguars have recorded at least one sack in 32 of the last 34 regular season games ... DT Rob Meier recorded his first sack of the season and 16.5 of his career ... The Jaguars are 25-5 under head coach Jack Del Rio when they score first. In addition, they own a 22-5 mark when they lead at halftime ... 2007 first-round pick Reggie Nelson recorded his first career interception ... TE Marcedes Lewis surpassed his receiving yards from his rookie season of 2006.

SPICER MOVES INTO SEVENTH PLACE WITH 19.5 CAREER SACKS:
DT Paul Spicer moved into seventh place in team history with his 19.5 career sack, surpassing Bobby McCray (19.0). Spicer has two sacks this season.

CLINT INGRAM MAKES FIRST START OF THE SEASON:
LB Clint Ingram made his first start of the season today. Ingram was inactive for the first three games with an ankle injury he suffered in the preseason. Ingram, a third-round pick in last year's draft, started 11 games as a rookie.

GARRARD POSTS THIRD CONSECUTIVE 100-PLUS RATING GAME:
David Garrard has produced 11 100 plus rating games, nine as a starter. Garrard has recorded a 100-plus rating in three consecutive games. Garrard had four 100-plus rating games in 10 starts in 2006 including three of the last six games.

SPREADING THE BALL AROUND:
Quarterback David Garrard has completed 68 of 102 passes for 848 yards through four games and has distributed the ball all around the field. The Jaguars have 11 different players with receptions and are one of only five NFL teams with 11 or more players with two-plus receptions. Here's the distribution list: TEs - 21 receptions, 230 yards; WRs - 34 receptions, 492 yards, 4 TDs; RBs - 13 receptions, 126 yards.

MATHIS STARTS IN 68TH CONSECUTIVE GAME:
Cornerback Rashean Mathis moved into a tie for second place in team history with his 68th consecutive start on Sunday, the longest current streak of starts

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