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Statistically Speaking: Friday Five

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In Week 7, Jacksonville hosts Houston at TIAA Bank Field at 1 p.m. EDT. Here are five stats surrounding Sunday’s matchup:

Back to The Bank: After a two-game road trip, the Jaguars return to TIAA Bank Field, where including the postseason, they have won eight of the last nine games. Since Doug Marrone took over head coaching duties on Dec. 19, 2016. Jacksonville is 9-3 at home in regular season games with a +137 point differential, including a 2-1 record at TIAA Bank Field in 2018. The Jaguars’ +137 point differential at home is the third-highest in the NFL since Marrone was named head coach.

Familiar Foe: The Jaguars matchup versus the Texans marks Jacksonville’s second divisional tilt this season and third game against the Texans since Doug Marrone took over head coaching duties in 2016. In 2017, Jacksonville went 2-0 against Houston, including a 45-7 victory at TIAA Bank Field, which was the largest point differential (+38) in team history against a divisional opponent. Of Jacksonville’s next seven games, four are against AFC South opponents.

Bortles at The Bank: In his last six games at home, QB Blake Bortles has completed 69.2 percent of his passes and thrown for 1,822 yards (303.7 per game) and 13 TDs, helping the Jaguars win five of six games in that span. In his most recent performance at TIAA Bank Field, Bortles threw for a then-career-high 388 yards and two TDs and posted a 114.8 QB rating in a 31-12 victory against the Jets.

Yann Gets Sacks: Pro Bowl DE Yannick Ngakoue recorded the fifth multi-sack game of his career in Week 6, sacking Cowboys QB Dak Prescott twice in the third quarter. Ngakoue is tied with teammate DL Calais Campbell with the most sacks on the team in 2018 (4.0), and last Sunday marked the fifth multi-sack game of Ngakoue’s career. In the first matchup against the Texans last season, Ngakoue tallied 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Air Traffic Control: Jacksonville has held opponents to under 200 passing yards in three games this season, including against Dallas in Week 6 (183 passing yards). The Jaguars have allowed an NFL-low 187.8 net passing yards in 2018, and in their two matchups versus the Texans in 2017, Jacksonville limited Houston to 209 net passing yards (104.5 per game). Texans QB Deshaun Watson has thrown for 299.7 yards per game this year, including three performances with at least 375 passing yards.

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.

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