**Sunday, November 23, 2003, 1:00 p.m. EST
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. **
Local Television:Regionally on CBS and locally on WTEV Ch. 47 (Ch. 6 cable), Don Criqui (play by play) and Steve Tasker (color analyst)
Local Radio: WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network, Brian Sexton (play by play), Jeff Lageman (color analyst) and Ryan Elijah (field reporter)
THIS WEEK:The Jacksonville Jaguars will go back on the road for the second straight week when they play the New York Jets at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday at Giants Stadium. This will be the Jaguars' third road game in the last four weeks.
The Jaguars suffered a frustrating loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. But they did find a little consolation in the 10-3 game, with a defense that shut down one of the NFL's highest-scoring teams and an offense that had a chance to tie the game from the two-yard line with 48 seconds remaining. An incomplete fourth-down pass by Byron Leftwich ended the Jaguars' comeback and left them at 2-8 for the season. The Jets are 3-7 this year after losing to the Indianapolis Colts 38-31 last Sunday. The game will be a reunion for the two teams' starting quarterbacks. The Jaguars' Byron Leftwich followed the Jets' Chad Pennington at Marshall, where they both had stellar careers, and the two players remain close friends.
This will be the first of two road games for the Jaguars in the northeast in the next month. Following back-to-back home games on November 30 and December 7, the Jaguars will travel to New England to face the Patriots on December 14.
In the last two weeks, the Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 28-23 on a last-minute touchdown and lost to the Titans after failing to score in the final minute. Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said, "When you look back, which is not a lot of fun to do right now, we happen to have two of the better teams in the league in our division. We went toe to toe with them. I don't see any reason to believe that we don't belong in that category. They earned the right to be where they are. Although we have not yet, we are building something that will be there."
JAGUARS ON THE AIR THIS WEEK:
Monday — Jaguars Reporters, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio, with Brian Sexton, Vic Ketchman, Cole Pepper
Monday — The Jack Del Rio Show, 7:30 p.m., WTEV Ch. 47
Tuesday — The Jack Del Rio Show, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio
Wednesday — Jaguars This Week, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio
Saturday — Jaguars Weekend, 7:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., WTEV Ch. 47
Sunday — THE Jaguars Show, 11:00 a.m., WTEV Ch. 47
Sunday — Coggin Pregame Show, 11:30 a.m., WTEV Ch. 47
THE OPPONENT: The Jets were charter members of the American Football League and were originally called the New York Titans. They won Super Bowl III 16-7 over the Baltimore Colts behind the quarterbacking of Joe Namath, in what is considered the biggest upset in pro football history. Following 11 consecutive years out of the playoffs, the Jets advanced to the AFC Championship game in the strike-shortened 1982 season. Following that year, they appeared in the playoffs in only three of the next 14 years until hiring Bill Parcells as head coach in 1997. The Jets went 9-7 that year and finished 12-4 in '98, when they won their first division title since 1969, defeating the Jaguars in the Divisional Playoffs and advancing to the AFC Championship game before losing to eventual Super Bowl champion Denver. The Jets were 8-8 in 1999 and 9-7 in 2000. In 2001, under first-year head coach Herman Edwards, the team finished 10-6 before losing to the Oakland Raiders in a Wild-Card playoff game, and in 2002 they won the AFC East with a 9-7 record, then won a Wild-Card playoff game 41-0 over Indianapolis before falling to Oakland 20-10. This season, they are 3-7 and in fourth place in the AFC East.
THE SERIES: This will be the fifth regular-season meeting between the Jaguars and the Jets, with the Jaguars holding a 3-1 edge in the series (New York won the only postseason game between the two teams). The Jets and Jaguars first met on September 17, 1995 in the Jaguars' third game ever, with the Jets winning 27-10 at Giants Stadium, as Mark Brunell made his first NFL start. On October 13, 1996, the Jaguars defeated the Jets 21-17 at ALLTEL Stadium. The Jets returned the favor by defeating Jacksonville 34-24 on January 10,1999 at Giants Stadium in the Divisional playoffs. In 1999, the Jaguars won 16-6 in an October 11 Monday night game at Giants Stadium. Last season, the Jaguars won 28-3 at ALLTEL Stadium.
THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars won their second game of the season 28-3 over the New York Jets on September 29, 2002, snapping a four-game losing streak at ALLTEL Stadium. Fred Taylor gained 237 yards from scrimmage — 142 rushing and 95 receiving — and scored a touchdown to lead the Jaguars. Stacey Mack added three rushing touchdowns, as the Jaguars won at home for the first time since November 11, 2001. The Jaguars rushed for 233 yards, the third most in franchise history, and Mark Brunell attempted only 15 passes — including just two in the second half — the Jaguars' third fewest ever in a game. Taylor rushed 21 times for 142 yards — then the fourth-highest total in team history — and he caught three passes for 95 yards — the most ever for a Jaguars running back. Mack chipped in with 70 yards on 15 carries and the first three-TD game of his career. The Jets threatened several times, but the Jaguars forced four turnovers, three of them leading to touchdowns. On their first offensive play of the game, Brunell hooked up on a 72-yard pass with Taylor, who was tackled just short of the goal line. One play later Mack barreled in for the touchdown. The Taylor-Mack duo accounted for 315 of the team's 383 yards in the game, including 219 of the 227 offensive yards on the four scoring drives. Jets QB Chad Pennington entered the game in the first quarter after Vinny Testaverde was injured and has been the team's starter since.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE JETS WOULD: Be their third win of the season, giving them them a 3-8 record, and would give them a 4-1 record in the series. It would also be their first road victory of the season and their first win away from home since last December 15 at Cincinnati, ending a six-game losing streak.
INJURY UPDATE: There were no major injuries suffered in the Tennessee game. Three players missed the game because of injuries: QB Mark Brunell (elbow), G Vince Manuwai (foot) and CB Jason Craft (knee). The status of all injured players will be updated on Wednesday.
THE COACHES: Jack Del Rio was named Jaguars head coach on January 17, 2003, becoming the second head coach in Jaguars' history. At 40, Del Rio is the second youngest head coach in the NFL (four months older than Jon Gruden). Del Rio spent 11 years as an NFL linebacker and had a standout college career at the University of Southern California. He previously coached in New Orleans (1997-98), Baltimore (1999-2001), and Carolina (2002). He was the Panthers' defensive coordinator, and in his only season with the club the defense improved from 31st in the NFL to second, the biggest one season defensive improvement in NFL history. Del Rio was the linebackers coach for three seasons in Baltimore, where the Ravens' defense also ranked second each season. He helped the team win Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants and coached the Ravens' talented linebackers, overseeing the development of Peter Boulware, Jamie Sharper and Ray Lewis, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV. Prior to coaching, Del Rio played 11 seasons in the NFL, with New Orleans (1985-86), Kansas City (1987-88), Dallas (1989-1991) and Minnesota (1992-95), playing in the Pro Bowl following the 1994 season. Del Rio was a starter at linebacker for Southern California (1981-84), where he earned All-America honors, was a runner-up for the Lombardi Award and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. Del Rio has learned from some of the best coaches in all of football. He was recruited to USC and played for John Robinson, and in the NFL he played under Bum Phillips, Jim Mora, Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Green. As an assistant coach, he has worked for Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and Super Bowl winner Brian Billick, as well as John Fox. Drafted by baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, Del Rio batted .340 while playing catcher on USC's baseball team in 1983 and 1984 with future stars Randy Johnson and Mark McGwire. He was a third-round choice by the New Orleans Saints in 1985 and was named to the NFL's All-Rookie team. Herman Edwards, a New Jersey native, led the Jets to the playoffs in each of his two seasons at the helm. Last season, the Jets won the AFC East and posted the biggest postseason victory (41-0) in club history. In 2001, the Jets proved to be road warriors, winning seven games away from home, including a crucial win at Oakland during the final week to advance to the playoffs. Edwards previously served in the dual capacity of Tampa Bay's assistant head coach-defensive backs coach (1996-2000). The 1999 Buccaneers advanced to the NFC Championship game. Prior to arriving in Tampa Bay, Edwards worked six seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs in a variety of roles. He scouted talent for the personnel department in 1990-91, while assisting the defensive backs coach. He coached defensive backs full time during the 1992-94 seasons before scouting again in 1995. Edwards began his pro coaching career as a participant in the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship program with the Chiefs in the summer of 1989. Edwards played cornerback collegiately for California (1972, 1974), Monterey (California) Junior College (1973), and San Diego State (1975-76). Professionally, Edwards played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1977-1985), Los Angeles Rams (1986) and Atlanta Falcons (1986).
JAGUARS VS. JETS: Here are the accumulated statistics for players in the Jaguars-Jets series:
Jaguars RB Fred Taylor – 1 game; 21 carries for 142 yards and 1 TD, 3 receptions for 95 yards
Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith – 4 games; 9 receptions for 166 yards, 1 TD, with 1 100-yard game
Jaguars TE Kyle Brady – 2 games; 6 receptions for 61 yards
Jets QB Chad Pennington — 1 game; 21 completions in 34 attempts for 281yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Jets QB Vinny Testaverde – 7 games (2 with Browns, 4 with Ravens, 1 with Jets); 131 completions in 218 attempts (60.1%) for 1,666 yards, 9, TDs, 8 INTs
Jets RB Curtis Martin – 3 games (1 with Patriots, 2 with Jets); 50 carries for 198 yards and 1TD
Jets WR Wayne Chrebet – 4 games; 25 receptions for 307 yards and 2 TDs
JACKSONVILLE-N.Y. JETS CONNECTIONS: The Jaguars have two former Jets on their roster, both of them first-round picks in 1995: TE Kyle Brady, who joined the Jaguars in 1999 as an unrestricted free agent, and DE Hugh Douglas, who played for the Jets until 1997 … Jaguars vice president/player personnel James Harris was the Jets' assistant general manager from 1993 to '96 … The Jets have three former Jaguars on their roster: CB Aaron Beasley (second-round draft choice, 1996 to 2001), WR Kevin Lockett (2002), and S David Young (sixth-round pick in 2003). … Jaguars DL coach Ray Hamilton served in the same capacity with the Jets in 1995-96 and in 2000 … Jaguars WR coach Larry Kirksey and Jets offensive coordinator Paul Hackett worked together at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 … Jets DL coach Doug Marrone spent the 2000 season at the University of Georgia coaching Jaguars DT Marcus Stroud … Jaguars WR Jermaine Lewis and Jets QB Vinny Testaverde were teammates with the Baltimore Ravens in 1996-97 … Jaguars equipment manager Drew Hampton and Jets equipment manager Clay Hampton are brothers and the sons of former Jets equipment manager Bill Hampton … Two Jaguars are from the New York/New Jersey area: S Donovin Darius (Camden, N.J. and Syracuse) and WR Kevin Johnson (Hamilton, N.J., Hamilton West High and Syracuse) … Five Jets have ties to the state of Florida: Jets LB Sam Cowart (Jacksonville, Mandarin High and Florida State), S Tyrone Carter (Pompano Beach), WR Santana Moss (University of Miami), QB Vinny Testaverde (University of Miami) and DE Matt Walters (University of Miami) … College teammates include: Jaguars C Brett Romberg and Jets WR Santana Moss and DE Matt Walters at the University of Miami; Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich and P Chris Hanson with Jets QB Chad Pennington at Marshall; Jaguars DT John Henderson and Jets DE Shaun Ellis at Tennessee; Jaguars WR Troy Edwards and Jets LB Quincy Stewart at Louisiana Tech; Jaguars LB Danny Clark and Jets C/G J.P. Machado at Illinois; Jaguars OT Maurice Williams with Jets FB B.J. Askew and LB Victor Hobson at Michigan; Jaguars DT Marcus Stroud with Jets CB Jamie Henderson and DT Jason Ferguson at Georgia … Jaguars G/C Jamar Nesbit with Jets DE John Abraham and CB Ray Green at South Carolina; Jaguars LB Deon Humphrey and Jets LB Sam Cowart at Florida State; Jaguars DB James Trapp (I.R.) and Jets DT Chester McClockton at Clemson; Jaguars LB Keith Mitchell and Jets CB Ray Mickens at Texas A&M; Jaguars RB/KR David Allen and Jets S Jon McGraw at Kansas State; and Jaguars CB Kiwaukee Thomas and Jets S David Young at Georgia Southern … Jaguars OL Marques Ogden played at Howard when Jets offensive quality control coach Pep Hamilton was an assistant … Jets QB coach Jim Hostler was at Indiana (Pa.) when Jaguars OT Leander Jordan played there.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans 10-3 at The Coliseum in Nashville, failing to score on fourth down from the two-yard line with 48 seconds remaining in the game. The loss dropped the Jaguars to 2-8 for the season and was their fifth straight loss to the Titans and sixth consecutive road loss. The Jaguars outgained the Titans and forced three turnovers. But they converted only 2 of 13 third downs and didn't score until midway through the fourth quarter, on a 39-yard field goal by Seth Marler. On their final drive, the Jaguars drove 57 yards in 11 plays. But Byron Leftwich was incomplete on a fourth-down pass intended for Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala and the Jaguars went down to defeat. The Jaguars rushed for 126 yards against the NFL's No. 1 rushing defense and allowed only 96 yards rushing, holding Eddie George to 73 yards. The Titans had scored 30 or more points in their previous six games. But the Jaguars held them to their second fewest points of the season and also held an opponent below 20 points for the first time under new head coach Jack Del Rio. Leftwich completed 15 of 31 passes but was intercepted two times — both on tipped passes. The Titans took a 10-0 lead in the second quarter but were held scoreless for the final 40 minutes. They scored the game's only touchdown on a five-yard pass from Steve McNair to Justin McCareins, who caught a bobbled pass while lying on his back in the end zone.
NOTES FROM THE TITANS GAME: The Titans increased their lead in the series to 11-7, including sweeps in three of the last four years. They have won nine of the past 11 games (as well as the 1999 AFC Championship game). … The 10 points allowed by the Jaguars was the fewest since Washington scored seven points on November 10, 2002, and they are the fewest allowed in a road game since a 33-3 win at Minnesota on December 23, 2001. … The Jaguars had more first downs (16 to 13), more yards (271 to 246) and more time of possession (30:26 to 29:32). … The Jaguars converted only 2 of 13 third downs but were 2 of 3 on fourth down, while the Titans converted 7 of 15 third downs. … Byron Leftwich completed 15 of 31 passes for 151 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs for a passer rating of 35.8. His streak of producing at least one TD (running or passing) in eight games at the start of his career, which was tied for the second-longest streak of players who began their careers since 1970, was ended. Leftwich is 2-0 when he does not throw an interception and 0-5 when he is intercepted. … RB Fred Taylor rushed 14 times for 65 yards (five carries for 11 yards in the second half). … Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala rushed for a season-high 40 yards on nine carries. … WR Troy Edwards led the team with six receptions for 67 yards, followed by TE Kyle Brady with three catches for 35 yards. WR Jimmy Smith had just one catch for five yards, his lowest totals of the season. … Mark Royals punted six times for a 41.3-yard average, with one touchback, one inside the 20 and a 49 long. He had three kicks returned for 37 yards and a 31.8-yard net average. … C Brad Meester started his 58th consecutive game, tying the team record set by Kevin Hardy from 1997 to 2001. Meester has never missed a start in his four-year career. … The Jaguars had two turnovers and three takeaways and are now minus-four for the season. CB Rashean Mathis made his second interception of the year, marking the Jaguars' first interception in The Coliseum off Steve McNair (who has 11 TD passes in those five games). … Akin Ayodele and John Henderson came up with fumble recoveries. … The Jaguars made two sacks, snapping a streak of three straight games without one. DE Hugh Douglas made 1.5 sacks (and a forced fumble) and DT Rob Meier had a half-sack. … SS Donovin Darius led the team with 12 tackles (7 solo), followed by DT Marcus Stroud with 8 tackles (5 solo). … Every player who dressed saw action except QB David Garrard, OT/G Sammy Williams, C Brett Romberg, G/OT Leander Jordan and DT Matt Leonard. The inactive players were: QB Mark Brunell, CB Jason Craft, LB Keith Mitchell, G Vince Manuwai, OL Marques Ogden, WR Matthew Hatchette, WR Kevin Johnson and TE Chris Luzar. … Jaguars captains were: MLB Mike Peterson, DT John Henderson, C Brad Meester and S Nick Sorensen.
FROM COACH JACK DEL RIO ON THE TITANS GAME: "It was a good solid effort, a tough defensive struggle. In the end, we had an opportunity and didn't capitalize on it. It was real close. We were effective moving the ball. We were not effective converting on third downs or putting points on the board. Ultimately, that is how you win the game. We had our opportunities right at the end. They made the plays to win."
(on Hugh Douglas getting 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble) "He's been working hard. I was happy to see him get some individual success. I know he continues to do all that he can as a man giving full effort."
(on the effort of the team the last two weeks) "When you look back, which is not a lot of fun to do right now, we happen to have two of the better teams in the league in our division. We went toe to toe with them. I don't see any reason to believe that we don't belong in that category. They earned the right to be where they are. Although we have not yet, we are building something that will be there."
FROM QB BYRON LEFTWICH: (on the final offensive play) "The play just didn't work. It doesn't matter what happened on the play. It just didn't work out for us today. It was one of those plays where you have options, but they did a great job of bringing one more than we could block. When teams do that, you have to get rid of the ball. Tennessee did a great job of defending that play."
(on the team's effort) "We have a lot of fight in us. We keep saying that, but it is tough because this thing is about wins and losses. A lot of people don't agree that we are getting better because we are 2-8 right now. We can't worry about that, we in this locker room know that we are getting better. We are in games in the fourth quarter, it is just not happening. We just aren't making the plays in the fourth quarter. One thing we won't do is hold our heads down. We are just going to keep playing football."
FROM RB FRED TAYLOR: "We hurt ourselves a little bit with a couple of turnovers. I think we really got the best part of the physical toughness battle. They're a good team. Give them credit, they got the win. Our mindset is just to keep fighting. We wanted it today, not thinking about the future. We laid it all out. We came in here wanting to play hard and fight these guys. That's exactly what we did, but we still got the short end of the stick."
(on offensive frustration in game) "We ran it well, but it was frustrating. We'd have drives that seemed like we were just going to go down and score, and unfortunately we had a turnover or something. That's been pretty much how our season's been going. The defense played great. They did an excellent job. We're going to put it together one day. We're just going to keep trying until every unit puts it together. Then you'll really see what type of team we are."
FROM TE KYLE BRADY: "I don't think we have any doubts that we can play with anyone. I know that our record obviously doesn't show us to be a strong team. But last week we had a chance to take out the division leader and we know that this team is a very good team. I don't think there's any feelings of fear or doubt that we can compete."
FROM WR TROY EDWARDS: "We're 2-8 and that may make us sound like a terrible team, but we're not a bad team. We're playing hard and we just have to stop making mistakes. We made mistakes like we're a rookie team, and we're not. We've got good players on this team. When big plays come, we've just got to make plays. The name of the game is making plays. That's the bottom line."
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will return home to host the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 8:30 p.m. EST Sunday, November 30 at ALLTEL Stadium. The game marks the 10th anniversary of the day the city of Jacksonville was awarded an NFL expansion franchise. The Jaguars and Buccaneers have played only two times, with each team having one victory. In 1995, the Jaguars' first season, the Bucs won 17-16 in Tampa. In 1998, in the last meeting between the two teams, the Jaguars won 29-24 at ALLTEL Stadium. This season, the Buccaneers are 4-6 and in third place in the NFC South.
THE RUSH STOPS HERE: In the last nine games, the Jaguars have held opposing starting ballcarriers to an average of 59 yards per game and an average of only 3.0 yards per rush. For the season, the Jaguars rank fourth in the NFL in rushing defense (88.7 yards per game) and second in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt (3.1).
LEFTWICH RANKS NO. 4 AMONG ROOKIE PASSERS 1983-2003: Of the 37 quarterbacks who have been drafted in the first round in the last 21 years — since the great quarterback draft of 1983 — the Jaguars' Byron Leftwich has the fourth-highest passer rating for his rookie season.
SMITH 17TH AND 19TH AMONG ALL-TIME RECEIVERS: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith ranks 17th on the NFL's all-time receiving list and 20th in career receiving yards. Smith has 691 career receptions for 9,713 yards.
BRADY RANKS NO. 5 AMONG TIGHT ENDS: In the last five seasons, the Jaguars' Kyle Brady has the fifth most receptions of active tight ends.
TAYLOR HAS SEVENTH-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FIVE YEARS: Despite missing 24 full games and parts of nine others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor has scored the seventh-most touchdowns over the last six seasons among active players.
NEW FACES: There are 29 new faces among the 53 players on the Jaguars' current roster. Here is the breakdown.
Unrestricted Free Agents (4) — DE Hugh Douglas, FB Marc Edwards, LB Keith Mitchell, LB Mike Peterson
Veteran Free Agents (10) — DE Lionel Barnes, S Deke Cooper, WR Troy Edwards, RB Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, WR Matthew
Hatchette, LB Deon Humphrey, G Jamar Nesbit, P Mark Royals, S Nick Sorensen, OT/G Sammy Williams
First-year free agents (1) — RB/KR David Allen
Trade (1) — S Anthony Mitchell
Waivers (1) — WR Kevin Johnson
Draft Choices (8) — QB Byron Leftwich, DB Rashean Mathis, G Vince Manuwai, TE George Wrighster, RB LaBrandon Toefield,
OT Marques Ogden, CB Blue Adams (signed off Tampa Bay's practice squad), LB Tony Gilbert (signed off Arizona's
Undrafted Rookies (4) — WR Cortez Hankton, DT Matt Leonard, PK Seth Marler, C Brett Romberg
JAGUARS ROOKIE STARTERS ON OPENING DAY: Two members of this year's draft class started the season opener, becoming the 11th and 12th rookies to start for the Jaguars on opening day.
1995 — OT Brian DeMarco, TE Pete Mitchell, RB James Stewart
1996 — LB Kevin Hardy
1997 — None
1998 — S Donovin Darius
1999 — CB Fernando Bryant
2000 — G Brad Meester, DB Kiwaukee Thomas
2001 — S Marlon McCree, OT Maurice Williams
2002 — None
2003 — G Vince Manuwai, S Rashean Mathis
JAGUARS IN THE COMMUNITY: Each week during the NFL season, Jaguars players are involved in the community making visits to schools and other non-profit agencies. Here are some visits for this week:
Tuesday, November 18
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. QB David Garrard will visit FCCJ South Campus to address students about community service initiatives in the NFL.
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. OT Marques Ogden and TE George Wrighster will visit Raines High School as part of NFL High School Tuesday. The players will address the football team about staying focused while being student-athletes.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. QB Byron Leftwich, OT Marques Ogden, CB Rashean Mathis and WR Cortez Hankton will attend NFL 101 at ALLTEL Stadium. The event, hosted by the Jaguars, is designed to educate the Jaguars' female fans on the game of football.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. C Brad Meester will meet Jaguars fans and sign autographs at All Sports Collectibles located at 7 Baisden Road
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: The Jaguars rank 16th in the NFL in total offense (16th rushing, 12th passing), and they are 10th in defense (fourth rushing and 22nd passing). … QB Byron Leftwich is 14th in the AFC in passing with a 71.5 passer rating. … PK Seth Marler is tied for 12th in the AFC with 55 points (19 of 19 PATS, 12 of 18 FGAs). … RB Fred Taylor is sixth in the AFC with 800 rushing yards. He ranks fifth in the conference with 1,091 yards from scrimmage. He is also tied for 14th in the AFC with five touchdowns. … P Mark Royals is tied for eighth in the AFC with a 35.8-yard net average and is 10th in the AFC with a 41.3 gross average. … David Allen is seventh in the AFC with a 9.6 average on punt returns. … DE Tony Brackens is tied for 19th in the AFC with four sacks.
STATS AND SUCH: A total of 15 players have started every game this season (six on offense and nine on defense): OTs Mike Pearson and Maurice Williams, G Chris Naeole, C Brad Meester, RB Fred Taylor, FB Marc Edwards, DEs Tony Brackens and Hugh Douglas, DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, LBs Mike Peterson and Akin Ayodele, CB Fernando Bryant, and S Donovin Darius and CB/S Rashean Mathis. … In 10 games, the Jaguars have used four different starting lineup combinations on offense and four different starting combinations on defense.
The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 24 points, while their opponents scored 65 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … The Jaguars have had 12 plays of 30 or more yards in 2003. They had only 16 plays of 30-plus yards in 2002, 11 in 2001, 26 in 2000, 23 in 1999, 29 in 1998, 22 in 1997, 26 in 1996 and 12 in 1995. The Jaguars have allowed 14 30-plus plays this season… Of the Jaguars' 199 completed passes, 99 have been to wide receivers, 31 to tight ends and 69 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 7 for 15 on fourth-down conversions; their opponents are 5 for 7 … On 22 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 12 touchdowns and six field goals. Their opponents have had 31 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 16 touchdowns and 11 field goals. … Jaguars opponents have begun 17 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on one of those drives (1 TD), while the Jaguars have begun 29 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on seven of those drives (5 TDs, 2 FGs). … In nine seasons, the Jaguars are 17 for 27 on two-point conversions (0 for 1 in 2003), while their opponents are 8 for 26 (1 for 3 in 2003). … In nine seasons, the Jaguars' record for each month is: 1-0 in August, 16-17 in September, 14-21 in October, 20-14 in November, 18-15 in December and 1-1 in January.
Mark Brunell is 63-54 in 117 regular-season starts, 67-58 overall. Byron Leftwich is 2-5. … WR Jimmy Smith has played in 133 of the 138 games in Jaguars history. Of the current players, next are QB Mark Brunell (120) and DE Tony Brackens (102). … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by C Brad Meester (58, tying Kevin hardy's team record), followed by WR Jimmy Smith (45) and then four players with 25 consecutive starts: CB Fernando Bryant, RB Fred Taylor, DT Marcus Stroud and G Chris Naeole (who has 66 straight starts dating back to 1999 with New Orleans) … The Jaguars' current longest streak of games played is held by TE Kyle Brady (60), followed by Meester and DT Rob Meier (58 each). … Seven players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: P Mark Royals (218), WR Jimmy Smith (140), TE Kyle Brady (134), QB Mark Brunell (122), DE Hugh Douglas (116), FB Marc Edwards (106) and DE Tony Brackens (102). … Brady leads with 127 career starts, followed by Brunell (117) and Smith (112).