In Week 13, the Jaguars (4-7) host the Buccaneers (4-7) at TIAA Bank Field at 1 p.m.. Here are five notable stats and quotes surrounding Sunday’s matchup:
YANNICK N-SACK-OUE: DE Yannick Ngakoue looks to record three consecutive strip-sacks for the first time in his career after forcing a sack-fumble in back-to-back games against the Colts in Week 11 and the Titans in Week 12. Of Ngakoue’s 35.5 career sacks, 12 are sack-fumbles. He is the only player in the NFL over the last 10 seasons to post at least 35.5 sacks and 13 forced fumbles through 58 career games. Among players to enter the NFL in 2016 or later, his 13 forced fumbles are the most in the NFL, and his 35.5 sacks rank second (Joey Bosa – 37.0) during that span. Ngakoue, DE Josh Allen and DL Calais Campbell are the only trio of teammates in the AFC to each have 5.0-plus sacks and two forced fumbles this season.
QUOTABLE: “Some guys are good at sacking the quarterback, and there are some guys that are really good [at forcing fumbles] or that just have this craft, they work on it. [Ngakoue] does it in practice all the time ... it’s a big point, it’s a big play. It’s a turnover. Every time he gets close to the quarterback, I’m thinking always strip sack and he does a good job of it, he can get on the edge.” – Head Coach Doug Marrone
ELITE WRs: In Week 11 at Indianapolis, WR DJ Chark Jr. caught eight passes for 104 yards and two TDs, marking his second game in 2019 with at least 100 receiving yards and multiple TDs. Chark and Buccaneers WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are the only players in the NFL to have 100-plus yards and at least two TDs in two games or more this season. Godwin (nine), Chark (eight) and Evans (seven) are three of six WRs in the NFL to post at least seven TDs this season. Chark’s 834 yards lead the Jaguars, while Godwin (1,071) and Evans (1,043) are the fourth WR duo in NFL history to each reach 1,000 receiving yards through the team’s first 11 games of a season.
QUOTABLE: “I just come in and work. I’ve got receivers around me that help me every day. I thank Chris (Conley), I thank (Keelan Cole) because he’s always there for me. But like I said, these guys have never given up on me even last year when the outside had comments, the guys in this locker room never doubted me. I wouldn’t say I’m surprised [by my success].” – WR DJ Chark Jr.
SALUTE TO SERVICE: Sunday is the Jaguars’ annual Salute to Service game, an NFL initiative to honor service members in all branches of the military. In partnership with the team’s corporate partners, the Jaguars are giving approximately 6,000 tickets to military distributed by United Service Organizations. The team will also recognize three World War II veterans during the game. These veterans include U.S. Army Sgt. John Connelly, a waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber; U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sollie Mitchell, a member of the first regiment assigned to enter Tokyo after the atomic bomb was dropped; and U.S. Army Sgft. William Tomka, who participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Through the month of November, the Jaguars players, cheerleaders, alumni and staff participated in three weeks of military-focused initiatives throughout the community, including helping send care packages to deployed servicemen and women and visiting the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.
QUOTABLE: “Any time you can get around the military and just show appreciation, it is great. The sacrifices they make for us to be able to play this game - it is a complete honor to get to be around them and get to know them.” – DL Calais Campbell
LENNY THE RECEIVER: Entering Week 13, third-year RB Leonard Fournette has rushed 206 times for 951 yards (4.6 rush avg.) and recorded an AFC-leading 1,342 scrimmage yards. In Week 12 at Tennessee, Fournette caught a career-high nine passes and has excelled as a receiving threat this season, notching career bests in receptions (56) and yards (391). His 56 receptions are the fourth-most among NFL RBs, and he is seven catches away from breaking RB Maurice Jones-Drew’s single season franchise record of 62 receptions by an RB.
QUOTABLE: “Leonard is a great player. I had a lot of fun playing with him last game. I know we got smacked around, they beat us really good, but I felt like our connection continued to grow. It was good to see him getting the ball out of the backfield, running hard, doing the things … He is a guy who can handle the ball a lot throughout the game. Not many guys can do that in the NFL. He is one of the unique ones. He is a guy that can catch the ball out of the backfield, run between the numbers, break down, and he has some really nice speed for a big back. It was really good to see that.” – QB Nick Foles
Consistent Calais: DL Calais Campbell will reconnect with a familiar face on Sunday when he takes the field against his former coach, Bruce Arians. Campbell has played in 181 games in his 11-year career, the second most among active defensive linemen. Of Campbell’s 163 starts, 62 came when Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians served in the same role with the Cardinals. Campbell totaled 29.0 sacks in his four years playing for Arians and is the only player in the NFL to post at least 5.0 sacks in every season since 2009. The 12-year veteran has sacked 44 different QBs in his career and is looking for his first career sack against QB Jameis Winston on Sunday.
QUOTABLE: “Calais is my guy. He might be the best leader I’ve been on the same team with, to share the same badge and jersey with. He makes me want to be better. I get giddy thinking about how good of a person, how great of a teammate he is. He is Duval and I couldn’t be happier to have him in the locker room.” – K Josh Lambo