In Week 6, the Jaguars (1-4) host the Detroit Lions (1-3) at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. Sunday's game will be televised regionally on FOX and locally on WFOX. Jacksonville and Detroit have played six times historically and split the series evenly, 3-3. See below for some key stats and quotes entering Sunday's matchup.
MINSHEW THROUGH FIVE: In Week 5 at Houston, QB Gardner Minshew II threw for more than 300 yards for the third time this season. With at least 300 passing yards on Sunday, Minshew would become the second quarterback in franchise history (QB Mark Brunell, 1999) to post three consecutive 300-yard passing games. Through five games this season, Minshew has completed 137 of 196 passes (69.9 percent) for 1,439 yards and 10 TDs for a 99.4 passer rating. His 10 passing TDs through Week 5 are tied for the most in franchise history, and his 1,439 passing yards are the second-most (QB Blake Bortles, 2018) in team history through the first five weeks of a season.
The second-year signal caller has worked to get everyone involved, completing at least 10 passes to eight different players thus far in 2020. Six different players have caught TDs from Minshew, and with two TDs on Sunday, the Washington State product would become the fifth NFL player in the last 20 seasons to throw multiple TDs in at least 12 of their first 20 career games.
QUOTABLE:"I really believe in the preparation that we put in. I believe in the work that we put in, the effort we play with. I think it just comes down to execution. There's some detail things that we have to clean up and we're going to work towards this week … A lot of times when stuff's going like it is, you get a lot of finger pointing, a lot of 'oh well, I'm doing my job.' We really don't have that. Everybody's on the same page, trying to find solutions. It's really all we can ask for. I couldn't be more happy with the guys that we have and I'm excited to keep pushing, keep going to war with them." – QB** Gardner Minshew II
YOUNG AND READY:** Through five games, the Jaguars rookie class leads the NFL in combined scrimmage yards (886), receiving yards (500), rushing yards (386) and total TDs (five, tied with Pittsburgh). Defensively, the rookie class ranks first in combined passes defensed (eight) and second in tackles (62). The Jaguars' 886 scrimmage yards gained are the fourth-most by an NFL rookie class through Week 5 since the stat began being tracked in 1970.
Rookie RB James Robinson has been stellar this season, starting every game and ranking fifth in the NFL with 516 rushing yards. With 34 scrimmage yards on Sunday, Robinson would continue his historic start by becoming the first undrafted player in NFL history to total at least 550 scrimmage yards in his first six career games.
WR Laviska Shenault Jr. has been equally dynamic out of the gates, scoring a TD in Week 1 and currently leading all AFC rookies with 23 receptions. WR Collin Johnson joined Robinson and Shenault as Jaguars rookies to find the endzone this season with his first career TD in Week 5, marking the first time in team history that Jacksonville have had three different rookies score a TD through the first five weeks of a season.
QUOTABLE: "I think it's fun to have a player like [Laviska Shenault Jr.]. I think he can do it in a lot of different things. I still think he's a young player. He's a guy that is a highly motivated competitor. I think you see that on game day. I think he's someone that when he gets the football, you know he's going to fight for all those extra yards. He's very difficult to tackle. So I think it's still challenging for us just to make sure that we put him in all those right situations and get him going." – Head Coach Doug Marrone
WELCOME TO DUUUVAL: The Jaguars will host the Lions for just the fourth time in franchise history and the first time since 2016. The Jaguars have won two of the three matchups played in Jacksonville, including an overtime thriller in 2004 at TIAA Bank Field.
Jacksonville jumped out to a 17-0 lead and, after Detroit scored 17 unanswered points to force the extra period, the Jaguars won the toss and put together 11-play drive that culminated in a 36-yard game-winning TD from QB David Garrard to WR Jimmy Smith. It marked the fifth overtime game in franchise history and the third overtime win.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford has played two games against Jacksonville – Week 9 in 2012 and Week 11 in 2016. The Jaguars have sacked him four times and prevented him from throwing a touchdown in both games. Stafford, who has played in the league for 12 seasons, has thrown for 264 career TDs. The Jaguars are the only team in the NFL which he has yet to throw a TD against.
QUOTABLE: "I believe that we can [turn the season around]. You're starting to get to the point of the year where some teams can become laxed and they let some things fall by the wayside. One of the things that I've really been preaching to guys is, 'Hey, we have to stay locked in. We can't afford to make mistakes and we can't win games with mistakes … ' We need to dot all of our I's and cross all of our T's so that we can go in there and win close games." – WR Chris Conley
COLE'S COOKING: WR Keelan Cole Sr. continued his hot start in 2020 in Week 5, catching his third TD of the season on a 13-yard strike from QB Gardner Minshew II. It marked the tenth career TD for the former Division II All-American. Cole joined WR Allen Hurns as the only undrafted players in franchise history to catch at least 10 TD passes.
Cole is tied for the team lead in total TDs (three) with WR DJ Chark Jr. and RB James Robinsonand would set a new single-season career high with a TD reception this weekend.
QUOTABLE: "He's a guy that anytime he's gotten on the field for us, he's been really good. That's been [for] as long as I've been here. I think anytime we can get him on the field, get him balls thrown his way, he'll do a good job with it." – QB Gardner Minshew II on WR Keelan Cole Sr.
SID THE KID: CB Sidney Jones IV made the most of his extended playing time in Houston, intercepting QB Deshaun Watson in the first quarter and tipping a pass in the third quarter that led to an INT by S Jarrod Wilson. Jones finished his dynamic day with four passes defensed, three tackles and one INT, becoming the only Jaguars player with four passes defensed in a single game over the last three seasons.
Jones initially signed with the Jaguars practice squad on Sept. 8, 2020 and following a well-deserved promotion to the active roster on Sept. 14, 2020, he has appeared in four games with Jacksonville and totaled five passes defensed, three defensive tackles, one special teams tackle and one INT.
QUOTABLE: "One thing we've noticed when he's here, since day one, like you said, he has the ability to really transition in off coverage. You've seen the success that he had last week and a lot of that was in off coverage and I still think his strength is up in press. So, we're very excited [about] how he played last week and I think he's encouraged for how he played. You'll see a lot of him, obviously, this week. And hopefully he's going to have the same type of success this week. We've got a good group of wideouts we've got to defend." – DC Todd Wash