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Offense among NFL's best last two weeks

The Jaguars have averaged 439 yards of offense including 157 yards on the ground and scored nine touchdowns in the last two games.  The Jaguars had 387 total yards (149 rushing, 248 passing) at Dallas in week eight and followed with a season-high 491 yards (165 rushing, 326 passing) last Sunday against Houston.The 491 yards were the fourth-most in franchise history.

2010 NFL MOST YARDS PER GAME (last 2 games)

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YARDS PER GAME

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Philadelphia Eagles

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497.0

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2.

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New York Giants

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483.5

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3.

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New York Jets

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446.5

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4.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

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439.0

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5.

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Oakland Raiders

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433.0

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*   2010 NFL MOST TOUCHDOWNS (last 2 games)*

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Philadelphia Eagles

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10 (5 pass, 4 rush, 1 ret.)

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Jacksonville Jaguars

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9 (6 pass, 3 rush)

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Denver Broncos

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9 (6 pass, 2 rush, 1 ret.)

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San Diego Chargers

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8 (6 pass, 2 rush)

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David Garrard on the offense

"I think you definitely gain confidence, and confidence is just knowing things are going to happen right, you're going to be in the right place and you're going to make the plays you're supposed to make. I think when you have plays go wrong and you have bad plays, you still have the confidence that you'll go back out there and make the right plays. I think we've been doing a good job with that. When things haven't been going the right way we've overcome them and still gone down and scored points or done whatever has been necessary for us to do."

Jaguars roll up the yards

The Jaguars amassed a season-high 491 yards of offense last Sunday against Houston, the fourth-most in franchise history. It marked the 23rd game under Jack Del Rio with 400-plus total yards and the 14th under offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who joined the Jaguars in 2007. Three of the top eight offensive performances in team history have come under the direction of Koetter.

Jaguars most total yards in a single game

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10/20/96

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at St. Louis

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538 (420 pass, 118 rush)

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9/20/98

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vs. Baltimore

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519 (365 pass, 154 rush)

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11/21/99

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vs. New Orleans

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494 (355 pass, 139 rush)

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10/18/09

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vs. St. Louis

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492 (326 pass, 126 rush)

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11/14/10

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vs. Houston

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491 (326 pass, 165 rush)

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Age difference

Youth is definitely being served on the defensive side of the ball for the Jaguars.  Six of the 11 starters on defense last Sunday against Houston were first or second-year players (4 second-year players, 2 rookies) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (3rd year) was making his first career start. Cornerback Rashean Mathis is the only starter in the secondary with more than two years of experience.

Offensively, the Jaguars' regular starting lineup includes no rookies and only two second-year players (offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, wide receiver Mike Thomas). Seven of the 11 starters on offense have five years or more of experience.

Winning formula

The Jaguars are 5-4 after nine games and there are several similarities with each win.  Here's a look at some statistics from the Jaguars' five wins:

  • Scored 20-plus points in all five wins.
  • Have not thrown an interception in four of the five wins and did not record a turnover in three of the wins. The Jaguars have won the turnover battle in four of the wins.
  • Averaging 167.6 rushing yards and 35.8 rushing attempts in the wins.  In each of the five wins, the Jaguars have 30 or more rushing attempts and at least 134 rushing yards.  The Jaguars have outrushed their opponents in all five wins.
  • Averaged 31.4 points and have scored 30-plus points in four of the wins.
  • Controlled the ball for at least 29:30 in all five wins.
  • Quarterback David Garrard threw for multiple touchdowns and had a 100-plus passer rating in all five wins. Maurice Jones-Drew has three 100-yard rushing games, all wins.
  • Have held opponents to under 100 rushing yards in four of the five wins with Buffalo (110 yards) in week five the only team to eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark.
  • Six of the Jaguars' eight defensive interceptions have come in the five wins.

Points, points, points

The Jaguars have surpassed the 30-point mark in four games this season including back-to-back games.  The Jaguars have never scored 30 or more points in three consecutive games.  The Jaguars have scored at least 35 points in two road games in the same season for the first time in team history.

The Jaguars are averaging 31.4 points in their five wins this season and are only one game shy of tying the franchise record for most 30-point games in a season.

*   JAGUARS MOST GAMES WITH*

30-PLUS POINTS IN TEAM HISTORY

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30 GAMES

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2006

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5

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1999

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5

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1997, 2000, 2005

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4

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2007, 2010

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Did you know?

On the Jaguars' 10 scoring drives the last two games, seven were in six plays or less and seven came without a penalty on the drive. 

Triple threat

The Jaguars had a 300-yard passer (David Garrard, 342), a 100-yard receiver (Mike Thomas, 149) and a 100-yard rusher (Maurice Jones-Drew, 100) in the same game against Houston for only the seventh time in franchise history.  The Jaguars have had players surpass 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a game 20 times in 16 seasons.

The Jaguars had a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in consecutive games for only the fourth time in franchise history.  Jones-Drew (135 rushing yards) and Mike Sims-Walker (153 receiving yards) both had 100-yard games in week eight at Dallas.

Cardiac Cats

The Jaguars have five wins in nine games and two of those wins were in the division and came down to the final play.  The Jaguars used a 50-yard touchdown pass from David Garrard to Mike Thomas with no time remaining last Sunday to beat division rival Houston.  Thomas&39; catch on the final play marked the fourth time in NFL history that a regular season game ended on a game-winning touchdown pass of 50 or more yards with no time remaining, and the first time the home team was the winner.

Josh Scobee connected on a franchise-record 59-yard field goal as time expired to give the Jaguars a 31-28 win over Indianapolis.  The 59-yard field goal was the third-longest game-ending field goal in NFL history.

Knowing his role

Safety Sean Considine was replaced in the starting lineup following a hamstring injury in week three but the sixth-year pro still plays a defined role on defense.  He saw action for only 11 snaps last Sunday against Houston in a defensive package that includes six defensive backs and he made his time count. 

He forced a fumble of Texans tight end Joel Dreessen at the Jaguars 37-yard line on the final drive and linebacker Justin Durant recovered it. Two plays later, David Garrard hooked up with Mike Thomas for the game-winning touchdown.

The last word

"I think the things that I'm proud of, clearly the result allows you to be proud of some of the things you saw, but I know that we played with passion even when things were not going our way in the second half. We were playing with a lot of passion and I thought we kept our poise. I think those are things you can build on. Those are things that as a football team you come out… that is what I pointed out is that we maintained our poise, that we continue to play with passion and those are things that a team that is not as tight, that's not as together can allow to slip away, and then you don't have an opportunity to win those games. And so that's what I'm most proud of. Does it guarantee you're going to do it? No, but it's what we're looking for; passionate, poised, purposeful effort and our guys did that and that allowed us to be in that moment and then seize the moment."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on how his team can build off the Houston win

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