In Week 13, the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field at 1 p.m. EST. Here are five stats surrounding Sunday's matchup:
Salute to Service: This Sunday marks the Jaguars' annual Salute to Service game, with players, cheerleaders and staff participating in military-focused initiatives throughout the community during the week. The team has also partnered with the Greater Jacksonville Area USO to send 5,000 active, retired, and reservist military personnel and their families to Sunday's game. Additionally, Strength and Conditioning Associate Sean Karpfwill lead fans in the First DUUUVAL of the game. Following a career as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, during which time he earned a Purple Heart, Karpf joined the Jaguars in 2017 as an intern before transitioning to a full-time role for the 2018 season.
Cody's Career:QB Cody Kesslerwas named the Jaguars starting quarterback on Monday, Nov. 26.Sunday marks Kessler's first start since he was traded to Jacksonville on March 28, 2018. Kessler has thrown for 1,662 yards and seven TDs in 13 career games in Cleveland and Jacksonville. When talking to reporters on Wednesday, Kessler said, "As a competitor, I am excited. It is tough to get opportunities in this league. To have one, I am very excited … I'm hoping to get the guys to rally around me and turn this thing around. I am really looking forward to it."
Oh, Canada: Jaguars Quarterbacks Coach Scott Milanovich, who will call the plays on Sunday,joined the Jaguars in 2017 after spending the previous five seasons (2012-16) as the head coach for the Canadian Football League's (CFL) Toronto Argonauts, capturing Coach of the Year honors and a Grey Cup victory in 2012. Milanovich's international background also includes coaching stints in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire and Cologne Centurions.
Westbrook Watch:WR Dede Westbrookrecorded the longest rush by a Jaguars wide receiver (43 yards) in franchise history on an end-around against the Bills in Week 12, also marking the second-longest rush by a WR (LAR WR Robert Woods, 56) in the NFL this season. Westbrook, who also caught three passes for 44 yards and returned two punts for 33 yards against the Bills leads Jacksonville with 528 receiving yards. On Sunday, Westbrook looks to capitalize against a Colts defense that ranks 20th in the NFL in passing defense (253.9 net passing yards allowed per game) and has allowed more than 300 passing yards in their last four games against the Jaguars.
Ball-Hawking LB:LB Telvin Smith Sr.intercepted Colts QB Andrew Luckon the first play of the fourth quarter in Jacksonville's Week 10 game against Indianapolis and has recorded INTs in two of his last three games against the Colts. Smith's eight INTs are tied for second in franchise history among Jaguars LBs, and he also leads Jacksonville with 68 total tackles in 2018. The fifth-year LB's coverage will be crucial in Sunday's game against an offense that has thrown 17 TDs to tight ends this season.
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.