The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0), winners of seven consecutive home games (including the postseason), host the Tennessee Titans (1-1) in Week 3 on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. EDT. Here are five stats surrounding Jacksonville’s divisional opener:
1. Dual Threat: Not only has QB Blake Bortles contributed in 2018 with his arm (552 passing yards), but he’s also been dynamic as a runner, registering 77 rushing yards on 10 carries (7.7 avg.). Bortles has the third-highest rushing average in the NFL among players with at least 10 carries and is the only player to have thrown for at least 500 yards and rushed for 50 in 2018. He has been especially productive at TIAA Bank Field, posting a passer rating of at least 110 in four consecutive home games entering Week 3.
2. September Success: With a win Sunday, the Jaguars would be 3-0 for the first time since 2004 and just the fourth time in franchise history (2004, 1998, 1997). Jacksonville is 4-1 in September with a point differential of +54 (10.8 avg.) per game under Head Coach Doug Marrone.
3: AFC South Showdown: The Jaguars matchup versus the Titans marks the first of six AFC South contests on Jacksonville’s 16-game schedule. Under Head Coach Doug Marrone, Jacksonville has a 5-3 record against the AFC South. As a head coach in the NFL, Marrone is 12-8 in divisional games.
4. Lambomatic: K Josh Lambo looks to remain perfect at TIAA Bank Field where he has connected on all 13 of his FG attempts during his career with the Jaguars. The fifth-year kicker signed with the Jaguars on Oct. 17, 2017 and has made 22 of 23 FGs during his time in Jacksonville, converting on 14 consecutive tries. His active streak of 14 FGs is tied with Cincinnati’s Randy Bullock for the most makes in a row.
5. Sophomore Sensations: Second-year WRs Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole combined for 198 receiving yards in Jacksonville’s Week 2 victory against New England. Cole (73 and 75 yards) and Westbrook (61 yards) account for the three longest receptions the Jaguars have recorded in the last three seasons. Against Tennessee, Cole looks to extend his streak of TD receptions in home games to five, while Westbrook hopes to build on a career-high 83-yard performance against New England.
Every Friday during the 2018 season, Jaguars Public Relations Assistant David Wolf will write five key stats about the Jaguars’ upcoming game. A Chapel Hill, N.C. native, Wolf joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in May 2018.