In Week 9, the Jaguars (4-4) travel to London for the seventh consecutive season to host the Texans (5-3) in an AFC South showdown at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 9:30 a.m. ET (2:30 p.m. local). This week's game will be broadcast on NFL Network with Rich Eisen (play-by-play), Kurt Warner (analysis), Steve Mariucci (analysis) and Michael Irvin (analysis) in the booth and Melissa Stark reporting from the sidelines. Here are five notable stats and quotes surrounding Sunday's matchup:
Minshew Mania Continues: In Week 8, QB Gardner Minshew II continued his strong start to his rookie season by completing 22 of 34 passes (64.7 comp. pct.) for 279 yards and a franchise rookie record three passing TDs, including a career-long 70-yard TD to WR Chris Conley. It marked his sixth game with a passer rating of 95.0, tied with QBs Dak Prescott and Kurt Warner for the most such games in NFL history through a player's first eight career games played. This season, Minshew has thrown for 836 yards against the blitz, the most in the NFL against defensive pressure, and will face a defense that blitzes on 36.1 percent of their defensive snaps, which ranks eighth in the league. Minshew has also thrown for 13 TDs with two INTs in 2019, the fourth-highest ratio in the NFL this season. The Washington State product is now 4-3 as a starter and has earned Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week five times.
Quotable: "He's great, man. We love what he's been able to bring to us. Getting out of the pocket and able to do a lot of things. He stepped in and he's been great for us." – OL Cam Robinson
Take Flight: WR Chris Conley turned in the first 100-yard performance of his career in Week 8 against the Jets, highlighted by a career-long 70-yard TD reception. Conley, who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, ranks second on the team in receiving yards (429) and is tied for second in receiving TDs (two). Conley joins WR Cecil Shorts (2012) as the first players in franchise history to average at least 20 yards per catch with at least 20 receptions through the first eight weeks of a season, and his 20.43 yards per reception is the highest among NFL players with at least 20 catches.
Quotable: "[Me and Gardner Minshew II] are taking the time to work with each other and talk through some things and the looks that we get. Today was a result of some of those conversations … I wasn't surprised [by the touchdown]. Everybody gives me a hard time because they consider me an old man. In league years, I'm not that old. I'm old relative to this locker room, but I have to remind them that the oldest guy out there had the fastest speed on the field today." – WR Chris Conley
Rookie Pass Rusher: First-round rookie DE Josh Allen posted 2.0 sacks, including a sack-fumble, in Sunday's victory against the Jets. His 7.0 sacks are the most through eight career games in franchise history. Allen has now posted a sack in four consecutive games, tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history. His 7.0 sacks are tied with 49ers DE Nick Bosa for the most among rookies and his eight tackles for loss are the second-most.
Quotable: "I think you're only seeing the surface, really. He has the ability to be one of those players who can play at a high level for a long period of time. I think that he's handled himself really well. I think that Calais Campbell has been a big influence in that. [Allen] is going to get so much better. He's playing well for us, but we really have high expectations for him." – HC Doug Marrone
Undrafted Gems: The Jaguars secondary totaled three INTs in their Week 8 victory against the Jets, including two from undrafted CB Tre Herndon and one from undrafted CB A.J. Bouye. Herndon is in his second year in the NFL while Bouye is in his seventh season after entering the league as a rookie free agent with the Texans in 2013. Additionally, fourth-year safety S Jarrod Wilson signed with the Jaguars as a rookie free agent in 2016 and is the only player on the team to play 100 percent of the defensive snaps. The Jaguars are the only team in the NFL with three undrafted starters in the secondary.
Quotable: "I'm happy for Tre [Herndon]. I told him, after the second one, you know, that's how you face adversity – you don't get everything you want. But, he played a hell of a game today. He had a tough job with Robby Anderson, so, he came in, showed up, didn't let the bad plays get to him and he just kept playing … When Tre got that first pick, I felt like I got the pick. That's how it is, you know, on that back end, we just always want to see each other strive and be our best." – CB A.J. Bouye
Back to London: Sunday marks the Jaguars seventh consecutive year playing in London and their seventh game in the NFL International Series. The Jaguars six games in the NFL International Series are the most in the NFL and their three wins are tied for the most in the league. Jacksonville has won three of their last four games in London by a combined score of 126-89, including a 44-7 victory against Baltimore in 2017. Sunday will be DT Abry Jones' sixth game played in London, the most in the NFL.
Quotable: "A lot of different fans come in just to enjoy the game. They just love football and are happy to be there supporting us. It's kind of fun seeing the stands filled with different jerseys and people just happy to see football. I remember how loud Wembley is and I love the energy that they bring." – DL Calais Campbell