Statistically Speaking: Tennessee Titans

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II (15), making his first NFL start, waits on the sideline for the opening kick-off against the Houston Texans in an NFL game, Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Houston. (Rick Wilson/Jacksonville Jaguars)
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II (15), making his first NFL start, waits on the sideline for the opening kick-off against the Houston Texans in an NFL game, Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Houston. (Rick Wilson/Jacksonville Jaguars)

Get Your Teal Out: The Jaguars will wear teal jerseys with black pants today marking the first time the team has worn teal this season. The Jaguars’ signature color will be prevalent around the stadium as fans can expect a complete teal washout across all video board content and game day field activations, including teal field flags to celebrate Jaguars scores. Members of THE ROAR of the Jaguars, the JAX Pack and the D-Line will all sport teal. The Jaguars are 62-46 while wearing teal, with their most recent win in teal coming against the New England Patriots in Week 2 of the 2018 season.

Under the lights: Thursday will mark the Jaguars’ first home prime-time contest since Nov. 11, 2015, a 19-13 win against the Titans. The Jaguars have won their last three Thursday night games at home and, since 2014, the team has played Tennessee four times on Thursday Night Football. Today’s game marks the Jaguars 38th prime-time game in team history and the 12th game on Thursday night.

Quotable: “It’s a short week, and it’s always a challenge, but I thought the coaches, we got the plan together. The players did a nice job. We’re locked in, focused and, again, we’re excited to get out there, play an in-division opponent. It’s a Thursday night game. We’re at home on national TV. We came up short last week, and it’s a quick turnaround and we’re going to be out there again, and our focus is on winning.” – Head Coach Doug Marrone

Special Teams Standouts: K Josh Lambo is a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts this season and has connected on all 29 of his FGs in home games (25 at TIAA Bank Field and four at Wembley Stadium since signing with the team on Oct. 17, 2017). In home divisional contests, Lambo has made eight FGs and eight extra points. In addition to Lambo, P Logan Cooke has also excelled on special teams this season. Against Houston in Week 2, he placed a career-high-tying four punts inside the 20. He currently ranks second in the NFL in net punting average (47.4).

Quotable: “I thought special teams-wise [against Houston], I really thought Logan Cooke … He’s really done a nice job. He’s really coming along. He was coming along at the end of the [2018] season and going.” – Head Coach Doug Marrone

Tons of Tackles: Rookie LB Quincy Williams has made an early impact on defense, starting both games this season and registering 13 tackles, including a team-high nine tackles at Houston in Week 2. Williams’ 13 tackles are the most by a rookie in the first two weeks of a season in franchise history, and his nine tackles were the most in a single game by a rookie since LB Hayes Pullard (Dec. 27, 2015). With five tackles on Sunday, Williams would join S Jonathan Cyprien as the only rookies in Jaguars history to register at least 18 tackles in the first three weeks of a season.

Quotable: “Athletically, 4.51 [40-yard dash], 39.5 [inches] vertical jump, 10.4 [feet] standing broad jump, low, really low 4s in terms of his 20-yard shuttle. A guy who you see him on film and see him go sideline to sideline with hits. The obvious comparison is the ability to play on special teams, so we’re excited about that ... He’s a run-and-hit guy. Fast. Very athletic. You can visualize him as an outstanding special teamer. He has been in coverage. He really did play a lot like a strong safety.” – Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin

Minshew Mania: Rookie QB Gardner Minshew II made the first start of his career in Week 2 at Houston and delivered a strong performance. He completed 23 of 33 passes (69.7 completion pct.) for 213 yards and one TD for a passer rating of 97.2. Minshew also rushed six times for 56 yards (9.3 rush avg.), including a long rush of 21 yards. Through two weeks, he has 45 completions, 488 passing yards and three passing TDs, all of which by a Jaguars rookie through the team’s first two games of the season. Trailing by seven with 3:36 remaining in the fourth quarter against Houston, Minshew led the Jaguars on a 14-play, 68-yard drive that culminated in a 4-yard TD pass to WR DJ Chark Jr.

Quotable: “I thought in the beginning, a little dicey with some of the footwork stuff – feet were moving a little bit, and then he settled in and did well. Like I said, even afterwards, I wish, and I’m sure Gardner would tell you, I wish we had the [WR DJ] Chark throw and the [RB Leonard] Fournette throw back. The Chark one was tough; he had pressure in his face. I’m sure he would like to have those throws back, and he made some throws that got taken away because of the penalties. Like I said, I can’t say enough about the guy. He’s a different cat.” – Head Coach Doug Marrone on Gardner Minshew II’s first start

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