JACKSONVILLE – Trevor Lawrence sees one of this week's objectives clearly.
"We need to start winning at home more," he said.
It's not that the Jaguars have been bad at EverBank Stadium this season. It's just that they haven't played all that much there, and they would like to be better there than they have been thus far.
"The fans are going to be huge," Lawrence said as the AFC South-leading Jaguars (6-2) prepared to play the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers (5-3) at the Bank Sunday at 1 p.m.
"We've got a lot of momentum right now and they're a huge part of that."
The Jaguars, who have won an NFL-best five consecutive games, are 5-0 away from EverBank Stadium this season. They beat the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4 in a home game at Wembley Stadium in London and have won all four of their road games – at the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, at the Buffalo Bills at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London in Week 5, at the New Orleans Saints in Week 7 and at the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8.
They have won one of three games in Jacksonville, losing to the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 and to the Houston Texans in Week 3.
Their lone victory in Jacksonville this season came against the Colts in Week 6.
"We haven't played our best football at home, which is crazy," Pederson said. "Those two early games, we didn't play very well. Those are all things we have to do better. We're playing in front of our fans. We're at home, our stadium, our locker room.
"We have to feed off the energy, the crowd and play our best football – especially in the second half of the season. If you want that homefield advantage and try to play for homefield advantage, you have to do it at home. That's why they call it homefield advantage.
"We have to focus on that, continue to improve and play our best ball down the stretch."
The Jaguars play three of their next four games at home and five of their final nine: Sunday against San Francisco, the following week against the Tennessee Titans and a December 4 Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. They also play host to the Baltimore Ravens on December 17 and the Carolina Panthers on December 31.
"That's definitely good for us; the fans are going to be huge," Lawrence said.
"One hundred percent that's one of the more critical things you have to have," wide receiver Christian Kirk said. "You have to be able to win at home. You have to use your homefield advantage to your benefit. If you're talking postseason, that's when it becomes even more beneficial.
"To have that confidence, to have that mentality playing at home, it would be huge."
- Pederson on momentum of a five-game winning streak before the Jaguars' Week 9 bye carrying forward: "The bye is good for getting guys healthy, for the rest, for clearing your mind and your head, but when you get back in it's, 'How do you maintain an edge? How do you maintain an ability to play for four quarters?' Those are all things that are real coming out of a break. Those are the things that I'll be talking to the team about this week and in the next couple of weeks."
- Wide receiver Zay Jones practiced limited Wednesday before leaving near the end of the early portion open to the media. He has missed the last three games and five of eight this season with a knee issue. Jones wore a knee brace in practice Wednesday. "It's not the most comfortable thing, but you have to do what you have to do get back on the field," he said. "It's what I'm working through right now." Jones said the current approach is to "just trying to be as patient as possible to return to the field safely. I feel like we're closing that window time. It's difficult for any of us athletes who are used to going 100 miles per hour and then you're shut down to zero, then you're trying to gauge, 'How do I get back to that peak performance?' For myself, that's very difficult, but I'm not the only that goes through it. That's the challenge of our game." The following players also practiced limited Wednesday: Cornerback Tyson Campbell (hamstring), safety Andre Cisco (hamstring), offensive lineman Ezra Cleveland (toe) and safety Daniel Thomas (hamstring). Outside linebacker Yasir Abdullah missed practice with an illness and cornerback Gregory Junior – whose window to return from injured reserve with a hamstring injury is open – practiced full.
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