The Jacksonville Jaguars head to Cincinnati this weekend to play the Bengals on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast regionally on CBS, locally on WJAX-47. Here are five notable stats and quotes surrounding Sunday’s matchup:
Fournette Fever: In Week 6 versus New Orleans, RB Leonard Fournette totaled 118 scrimmage yards (72 rushing and 46 receiving), which marked his third straight game of at least 100 scrimmage yards and sixth consecutive game of at least 85 scrimmage yards. Fournette is one of two players (Browns RB Nick Chubb) in the NFL to register at least 85 scrimmage yards in six games this season. His 773 scrimmage yards are the third-most in the NFL this season. Fournette has also increased his production as a pass-catcher as his 26 receptions are the most by a Jaguars RB through the first six games of the season since RB Maurice Jones-Drew also caught 26 passes in 2009. Fournette’s 189 receiving yards are the fourth-most in team history among running backs through the first six games of the season.
QUOTABLE: “People know he is a great guy, great teammate and things like that, so [he’s] showing how he’s matured and proven day by day, showing how much he cares for himself, how much he cares for the game and how much he cares for his teammates.” – DT Abry Jones
A Goode Start: LB Najee Goode made his first start of the season against New Orleans in Week 6 and delivered a strong performance with six tackles, one pass defensed and 1.0 sack. Goode was one of two players in Week 6 (Redskins S Landon Collins) to record at least six tackles, one pass defensed and 1.0 sack. He is one of three Jaguars players to achieve those numbers during the last three seasons, joining LB Myles Jack (2017 at Indianapolis) and LB Paul Posluszny (2015 at New Orleans). Goode, an eight-year veteran, signed with the Jaguars as a free agent in May 2019.
QUOTABLE: “I thought Najee [Goode] did really well. Being a veteran, he knows ball so me and him on the field, we can talk things out. He alerts me on concepts, and I was alerting him on stuff. It was kind of like having a second middle linebacker on the field.” – LB Myles Jack
Road Warrior: QB Gardner Minshew II will play in his fourth road game of his young career on Sunday with a proven ability to play well in tough environments. In three road games this season, Minshew has thrown for 800 yards (266.7 per game), five TDs and zero INTs for a 99.1 passer rating. He earned Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performances at Denver (Week 4) and Carolina (Week 5) after registering his first career game-winning drive against the Broncos and throwing for a career-high 374 yards and two TDs against the Panthers. Minshew has been productive on the ground in road games as well and is one of three players (Texans QB Deshaun Watson and Ravens QB Lamar Jackson) to have at least 100 rushing yards on the road this season.
QUOTABLE: “You feel like you always have a chance when [Minshew is] in there. You feel like he’s going to go ahead and he’s going to make a play. We just appreciate that the guy’s out there giving us everything he has and that’s all you can ask for from a player.” – Head Coach Doug Marrone
Joshin’ Around: Dating back to December 2018, K Josh Lambo has made 16 consecutive FGs, including all 14 of his attempts this season. His streak of 16 made FGs is the fourth-longest streak in franchise history and his 14 FGs are the second-most FGs in the NFL in 2019. Another Josh – DE Josh Allen – has also been stellar for the Jaguars. The 2019 first-round pick has recorded 4.0 sacks this season, tied for the second-most among rookies in the NFL in 2019 and his five tackles for loss are the most among first-year players. He enters Week 7 seeking his third consecutive game with a sack.
QUOTABLE: “Josh Lambo has been lights out. He’s been automatic and he’s been automatic in pressure situations. As long as Lambo can do that and help us put points on the board and control field position with those kickoffs ... He has been everything that we need.” – WR Chris Conley
Kings of the North: With a victory against Cincinnati, Jacksonville would improve to 6-1 against AFC North teams under Doug Marrone and 2-0 against the Bengals. The Jaguars and the Bengals have an extensive history having both competed in the AFC Central from 1995-2001. The two teams have faced 21 times in the regular season and Jacksonville holds a 12-9 lead in the series.
QUOTABLE: “Every game is crucial to me; we just have to take things one at a time. The next game is the most important game because we need to get back in the win column. We have the talent to be a very special team. We have the players, coaches and game plan to make us succeed and win some games.”– DL Calais Campbell