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Statistically Speaking: Friday Five


JACKSONVILLE –The Jaguars travel to Nashville to face the Titans at Nissan Stadium this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. Here are five key stats to keep an eye on in this Week 17 matchup:

  1. Fournette Fever: Rookie running back Leonard Fournette has had a great season, despite missing three games. Fournette has recorded 249 carries for 971 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns. His 249 carries are the second-most by a rookie in Jaguars history and, if Fournette rushes at least 16 times on Sunday, he will surpass Fred Taylor (264 in 1998) for the most rushing attempts by a rookie in franchise history. He also needs 29 rushing yards against the Titans to join Taylor as the only rookies in team history to record at least 1,000 rushing yards. The bulk of Fournette's production has come in the second half of games this season, so expect him to get close or break these records in the third and fourth quarters.
  2. Sacksonville: This season, the Jaguars have totaled 52 sacks, the most in the NFL and the second-most in franchise history. Defensive end Calais Campbell, who leads the team with 14.5 sacks, broke the franchise record for sacks in a single season in Week 13 against Indianapolis when he surpassed Tony Brackens' previous mark of 12.0 sacks in 1999. Jacksonville needs six sacks against Tennessee on Sunday to break the previous team record set in 1999 (57). The defense will look to buck some recent trends in Week 17, as the Jaguars did not record a sack on Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota in Week 2 and Tennessee is only allowing an average of two sacks per game.
  3. Serve and Protect: In 2017, the offensive line has allowed just 22 sacks on quarterback Blake Bortles, the fourth-fewest sacks allowed in the NFL this season and the fewest sacks allowed through 15 games in franchise history. The Jaguars held Houston in Week 1, Baltimore in Week 3, Cincinnati in Week 9 and Seattle in Week 14 to zero sacks, marking the first time Jacksonville has held their opponents to zero sacks in four games in a single season. If the offensive line allows five-or-fewer sacks on Sunday, they will break the franchise record set in 2003 (28).
  4. Team Takeaway: This season, the Jaguars have registered 32 takeaways (31 defensive, one special teams), a franchise record. The Jaguars surpassed the previous record of 30 takeaways, set in four other seasons (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2007), in Week 15 when safety Barry Church intercepted a pass by Texans quarterback T.J. Yates. Church's interception of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garopollo in Week 16 broke the record for most interceptions in a single season in Jaguars history (21), breaking the previous mark of 20 which was set in 2006 and 2007. The Jaguars have four players with at least four interceptions this season, including cornerback A.J. Bouye (6), Church (4), safety Tashaun Gipson (4) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (4). With a couple of picks on Sunday in Nashville, the Jaguars could surpass Baltimore, who currently has 22 interceptions entering Week 17, for the league lead in INTs.
  5. Sorry Not Sorry: This season, the Jaguars have won by at least 20 points on six occasions in 2017, the most wins by 20-plus points in franchise history, and the most in the NFL this season. Jacksonville defeated Houston in Week 1, 29-7; Baltimore in Week 3, 44-5; Indianapolis in Week 7, 27-0; Indianapolis in Week 13, 30-10; and Houston in Week 15, 45-7. With a 20-point victory on Sunday, the Jaguars would become only the third team since 2000 to win at least seven games by 20-plus points in a single season and the first team since New England in 2014.

Every Friday during the 2017 NFL regular season, Jaguars public relations assistant Gaby Moran will bring five key stats about the Jaguars heading into the game on Sunday.  You can follow her on Twitter @gabsmoran.

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