**Sunday, November 30, 2003, 8:30 p.m. EST
ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla. **
Television: Nationally on ESPN
Mike Patrick (play by play) with Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire (color analysts) and Suzy Kolber (field reporter)
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 play their only nationally televised game of the season when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at sold-out ALLTEL Stadium on ESPN's "Sunday Night Football." The Jaguars are 7-4 at home in prime-time games, including 2-2 on Sunday nights.
The game will be played on the 10th anniversary of the day the city of Jacksonville was awarded an NFL expansion franchise. At 4:12 p.m. EST on November 30, 1993, NFL owners in Chicago voted Jacksonville as the 30th NFL team and the Jaguars were born. Against the Buccaneers, the Jaguars will attempt to show football fans across the country that they are better than their 2-9 record. Jacksonville's last four games have all been decided in the last minute of play, including two losses to division leaders. This will be the Jaguars' first home game in three weeks, and they own a 2-3 record at ALLTEL Stadium this season and 42-27 in nine seasons.
The Jaguars suffered a disheartening 13-10 loss on the road to the New York Jets last Sunday, when Jets quarterback Chad Pennington threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 26 seconds remaining. The Jaguars had shut down the Jets most of the game, only to allow a 94-yard drive in the final three minutes. Still, the Jaguars' defense is turning into a formidable unit. In the last two games, the Jaguars have allowed only 23 points and 528 yards — just 157 on the ground to two of the AFC's best runners.
Sunday night's game will be only the third meeting between in-state rivals Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers were 4-6 heading into their Monday night game against the New York Giants. This will be the first of two home games for the Jaguars, who host the Houston Texans on December 7. It is also the first of three games against NFC South teams in the final five weeks of the season.
TICKET INFORMATION: The game is sold out. Tickets are still available for the two remaining home games on December 7 vs. Houston and December 21 vs. New Orleans. Fans can call 1-877-4-JAGS-TIX or (904) 633-2000 or buy tickets online at jaguars.com.
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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the defending Super Bowl champions. They were awarded a franchise on April 24, 1974 and began play in 1976. They lost their first 26 games but advanced to the NFC Championship game in only their fourth season in 1979. The Buccaneers also advanced to the playoffs in 1981 and '82, but then they lost 10 or more games each season from 1983 to '94 and finished below .500 in 1995 and '96. From 1997 to 2001 under head coach Tony Dungy, the Buccaneers never had a losing season, qualifying for the playoffs in 1997, 1999 (when they advanced to the conference title game) and 2001. In 2002, Dungy was replaced as head coach by Jon Gruden, and the Buccaneers went on to finish the regular season 12-4 before sweeping through the playoffs with victories over San Francisco and Philadelphia. In Super Bowl XXXVI, they defeated the Oakland Raiders 48-21. This season, they were 4-6 heading into their Monday night game against the New York Giants.
THE SERIES:The Jaguars and Buccaneers have played twice during the regular season. In 1995, the Buccaneers won 17-16 in Tampa when the Jaguars failed on a two-point conversion with 37 seconds remaining in the game. In 1998, the Jaguars defeated the Buccaneers 29-24 at ALLTEL Stadium.
THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars beat the Buccaneers 29-24 on November 15, 1998 in Jacksonville. It was the Jaguars' eighth win in 10 games and their fourth come-from-behind victory of the year. The Jaguars scored twice in a 47-second span in the fourth quarter on Mike Hollis' third field goal of the game and Fred Taylor's third touchdown of the game. The Jacksonville defense held Tampa Bay without a first down on its last two possessions. The Buccaneers had taken a 24-20 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when Trent Dilfer threw his third TD pass of the game, a 79-yarder to Reidel Anthony, his second score. Following that score, the Jaguars gained 152 yards in their comeback and held the Buccaneers to 11 yards on their final three possessions. Taylor rushed for 128 yards, tying the team's then-single-game record.
In this year's preseason game on August 23 at Raymond James Stadium, the Jaguars lost 10-6 to the Buccaneers. The Jaguars struggled most of the game, managing only 193 yards on offense, just 42 of them on the ground. The Buccaneers gained 322 yards and controlled the ball for 35 minutes. The Jaguars kept the game close in the first period, intercepting Buccaneers QB Brad Johnson on Tampa Bay's first two drives, the second one in the end zone to thwart a score. Rookie Seth Marler kicked two field goals to produce all of Jacksonville's points, including a 55-yarder late in the first half. The only touchdown of the game was scored by Tampa Bay's Thomas Jones in the third quarter. Midway through the fourth period, David Garrard led the Jaguars to an apparent go-ahead score. But his 15-yard touchdown pass to Joe Smith was nullified by a penalty and three plays later Garrard was sacked and fumbled away the ball. Byron Leftwich led the Jaguars' final drive and got into Buccaneers' territory. But he was sacked with 1:31 left to end a drive and the game.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE BUCCANEERS WOULD:Be their third win of the season, giving them them a 3-9 record. It would even their record at home for the season at 3-3 and give them a 2-1 record in the series.
INJURY UPDATE:There were no major injuries suffered in the Jets game. The only player who missed the game because of an injury was QB Mark Brunell (elbow). 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.
Jon Gruden, the NFL's youngest head coach at 40, led Tampa Bay to its first Super Bowl title in his first season as head coach in 2002. He became the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl, and the first veteran head coach to lead his new team to the Super Bowl in his first season. Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Gruden posted a 40-28 record during his four seasons as the Raiders' coach, including back-to-back AFC West titles (2000-01). It was the first time the Raiders had won consecutive division titles since 1975-76. Prior to becoming a head coach, Gruden spent seven years as an NFL assistant, coaching the San Francisco 49ers (1990), Green Bay Packers (1992-94), and serving as the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles (1995-97). Gruden played quarterback at the University of Dayton (1983-85) while earning a bachelor's degree in communications. He won the prestigious Lt. Andy Zulli Memorial Award, given annually "to the senior player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship and character." Dayton had a 24-7 record in Gruden's three varsity seasons there. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Tennessee (1986-87), Southeast Missouri State (1988), Pacific (1989), and the University of Pittsburgh (1991). He has an overall coaching record of 54-36 (not including Monday night) and 5-2 in the postseason.
JACKSONVILLE-TAMPA BAY CONNECTIONS:Two Jaguars are former Buccaneers: P Mark Royals (1990-1991) and CB Blue Adams (2003 practice squad). … Three Buccaneers are former Jaguars: WR Keenan McCardell (1996-2001), C John Wade (1998-2002) and WR/KR Reggie Barlow (1996-2000). … Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin coached linebackers with Minnesota when Jack Del Rio was a Viking from 1992 to '95. … Jaguars QB Mark Brunell played for the Green Bay Packers at the same time Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden was the team's WR coach (1993-1994). … Jaguars strength and conditioning coach Mark Asanovich held the same position with Tampa Bay (1996 to 2001); Buccaneers WR coach Richard Mann and offensive coordinator/OL coach Bill Muir worked with Jaguars DL coach Ray Hamilton with the New York Jets (1995-96); Bucs DB coach Mike Tomlin worked with Jaguars QB Ken Anderson in Cincinnati (1999-2000); Jaguars assistant special teams and strength coach Paul McCord shared sidelines with Buccaneers WR coach Raheem Morris at Hofstra in 2001. … Four Buccaneers have ties to north Florida: LB Derrick Brooks (Florida State), QB Brad Johnson (Florida State), DE Greg Spires (Florida State) and OT Kenyatta Walker (Florida). … Players who were college teammates include: Jaguars LB Danny Clark and Buccaneers FB Jameel Cook at Illionis; Jaguars S Deke Coopeer and Bucs G Sean Mahan at Notre Dame; Jaguars SS Donovin Darius and WR Kevin Johnson played at Syracuse with Buccaneers TE Roland Williams; Jaguars TE Kyle Brady played at Penn State with Buccaneers WR Joe Jurevicius; Jaguars CB Fernando Bryant played at Alabama with Buccaneers LB Dwayne Rudd; Jaguars DT John Henderson and Buccaneers G Cosey Coleman played at Tennessee; Jaguars G/C Jamar Nesbit played at South Carolina with Buccaneers DT Cleveland Pinkney; Jaguars KR David Allen played at Kansas State with Buccaneers PK Martin Gramatica; Jaguars TE Chris Luzar played at Virginia with Buccaneers RB Thomas Jones; Jaguars LB Mike Peterson and OT Mike Pearson played at Florida with Buccaneers OT Kenyatta Walker; Jaguars C Brett Romberg played at Miami (Fla.) with Buccaneers LB Nate Webster; Jaguars DT Marcus Stroud and LB Tony Gilbert played at Georgia with Buccaneers CB Tim Wansley and S Jermaine Phillips; Jaguars LB Deon Humphrey played with Buccaneers DE Greg Spires at Florida State; and Jaguars OT Sammy Williams played at Oklahoma with Buccaneers CB Corey Ivey.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost 13-10 when Jets quarterback Chad Pennington threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 26 seconds remaining in the game, dropping the Jaguars to 2-9. The Jaguars had taken a 10-6 lead with 4:24 remaining when Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala scored from one-yard out for the Jaguars' only touchdown. The Jaguars forced the Jets to punt on their next series and could have run out the clock for the victory. They were forced to punt, however, and then pinned the Jets down at the six-yard line with 3:00 left. Pennington drove the Jets 94 yards on 11 plays for the win. Until that possession, the Jaguars had held the Jets to 188 yards. Seth Marler kicked a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter, but he had missed a 36-yard try on the previous possession. The Jaguars were also intercepted in the end zone in the first quarter, giving them only three points on three red zone possessions before halftime. The Jets got their first two scores on field goals by Doug Brien.
NOTES FROM THE JETS GAME: Chad Pennington outdueled his former Marshall teammate, Byron Leftwich. Pennington completed 25 of 39 passes for 236 yards 1 TD and 1 INT and a 78.6 passer rating, while Leftwich was 17 of 33 for 172 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT for a passer rating of 54.1. … Leftwich is now 2-0 when he does not throw an interception and 0-6 when he is intercepted. … The Jets won their second game in the series and first since 1995; the Jaguars have three wins. … For the second straight week, the Jaguars lost a game despite having more first downs (20 to 17), more yards (330 to 282) and more time of possession (32:30 to 27:30). … The Jaguars converted only 4 of 14 third downs, while the Jets converted 4 of 13 third downs (2 of 2 on their final drive). … RB Fred Taylor had his second straight 100-yard game against the Jets. He rushed for 119 yards on 32 carries (3.7 avg.). It was his third 100-yard game of the season and 26th of his career. His 32 carries tied the franchise record he set on 12/6/98 vs. Detroit and 12/17/00 at Cincinnati. Taylor did not catch a pass for the third straight game, the longest stretch of his career. … LaBrandon Toefield carried 3 times for 37 yards, including a career-long 30-yarder. … Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala carried two times for two yards, scoring his first touchdown as a Jaguar. … WR Jimmy Smith led the team with six receptions for 63 yards. … Playing in his first game with the Jaguars, WR Kevin Johnson caught five passes for a game-high 77 yards. He has now caught at least one pass in 74 consecutive games, every one in which he has played. … Mark Royals punted four times for a 38.3-yard average, with no touchbacks, one inside the 20 and a 44 long. He had one kick returned for 18 yards and a 33.8-yard net average. … C Brad Meester started his 59th consecutive game, breaking the team record set by Kevin Hardy from 1997 to 2001. Meester has never missed a start in his four-year career. … David Allen returned two punts for 67 yards, including a 52-yarder that is tied for the fifth longest in Jaguars history. … The Jaguars had two turnovers and one takeaway and are now minus-five for the season. … MLB Mike Peterson made his second interception of the season and ninth of his career. … The Jaguars made two sacks, one each by DE Hugh Douglas (giving him 3.5 this year) and DT Marcus Stroud (2.5 this year). … MLB Mike Peterson led the team with 14 tackles (9 solo), followed by LB Akin Ayodele and CB Fernando Bryant with 8 tackles each. … Every player who dressed saw action except QB David Garrard and CB Jason Craft. The inactive players were: QB Mark Brunell, LB Keith Mitchell, OT/G Sammy Williams, C Brett Romberg, OL Marques Ogden, WR Matthew Hatchette, TE Chris Luzar and DT Matt Leonard. … Jaguars captains were: SS Donovin Darius, DT John Henderson, C Brad Meester, FB Marc Edwards and S Nick Sorensen.
FROM COACH JACK DEL RIO ON THE JETS GAME: "I am surprised, as well as we played on offense, with three drives inside the 20 and we got only three points in the first half. At the end of the game, with three minutes left, the defense made a stop; they were 2 of 11 on third downs. We give the ball to our offense and expect to be off the field and done. But we don't get a first down. So, yes, despite the defense playing well all day, with 94 yards to go, we give up the game and a TD. We didn't get it done."
(on the Jaguars running game) "Fred Taylor ran hard. I thought he was very effective, especially in the first half. We have to do a little more in terms of getting points on the board."
"We're learning how to win. We haven't learned enough yet. There will be better days."
FROM QB BYRON LEFTWICH: "It's frustrating. The way we lost the game today is tough. The offense has to score points to help the defense, and we didn't do that today. We have to try to get better and correct things as fast as we can. We are not going to hold our heads down. We're going to keep fighting and do the best we can to win."
FROM LB AKIN AYODELE: "This team still expects to win. That's all we think about. There has not been a change in our attitude. For a team that has not won many games, the enthusiasm and the attitude is still great. We don't go into games expecting to get beat."
FROM OT MAURICE WILLIAMS: "Nobody in this locker room has quit. Everybody is going out there playing hard. We're all hungry. If we keep doing the good things that we're doing, the wins are going to come."
FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: "If we would've put more points on the board, we wouldn't have put ourselves in the situation at the end that we did. It' s hard to say what the problem is, but we're just not putting points on the board. We're doing the hard thing — we're driving the ball down there into scoring territory. But we're not finishing. If we would've scored more, we wouldn't have put our defense in the position that they were in at the end of the game. We have to continuing focusing on the positives. We ran the ball very successfully. Byron (Leftwich) spread the ball around. Kevin Johnson got in and made some plays. We just have to finish. We have to put it in the endzone some way."
"We know that we're close. The good thing about this team is that we don't get discouraged. We're moving in the right direction. We have to focus on patience. Good things will come if we keep working hard. I'm one of the ones who is not very patient. I want to win now. And that's why I take a loss like this so hard."
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will host the Houston Texans at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 7 at ALLTEL Stadium. It will be the fourth meeting between the two teams, with Houston holding a 2-1 lead in the series. Both of the Houston victories have come in the final few minutes of play. The Texans won the first game between the two teams as well as their first-ever road game when they defeated the Jaguars 21-19 at ALLTEL Stadium on October 27, 2002 on a field goal with 2:11 left. The Jaguars won 24-21 three weeks later in Houston after taking a 24-7 lead. On September 28 earlier this season, the Texans won 24-20 on a QB plunge on the final play of the game.
NOVEMBER REIGN: Despite winning just one of four games so far in November, the Jaguars have improved considerably over the first two months of the season.
THE RUSH STOPS HERE: This season, the Jaguars rank third in the NFL in rushing defense (86.2 yards per game) and first in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt (3.1). In the last 10 games, the Jaguars have held opposing starting ballcarriers to an average of 58.3 yards per game and an average of only 3.0 yards per rush.
Under head coach Jack Del Rio, the Jaguars' defense has improved from 20th overall in 2002 to 10th this year, and the run defense has improved from 25th a year ago to third.
The Jacksonville run defense is on pace to be better than the Carolina defense in 2002, when Del Rio was the Panthers' defensive coordinator. Last season, the Panthers finished eighth in run defense, allowing 103 yards per game, and first in average per rush (3.7). The Jaguars are allowing only 0.3 rushing yards more per game than the 85.9 yards rushing allowed by the No. 1-ranked Steelers in 2002.
LEFTWICH RANKS NO. 5 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 fifth-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 697 career receptions for 9,779 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.
O-LINE AND D-LINE: The key to the success of the Jaguars' rushing offense — Fred Taylor is the AFC's fifth-leading rusher — and run defense this season — ranked third in the NFL — has been the consistency of the two lines.
The starting offensive line has remained the same all season, except for Game 10 at Tennessee, when rookie LG Vince Manuwai was sidelined and last Sunday when Jamar Nesbit started but Manuwai returned to play as well. For the season's first nine games, for the first time in Jaguars history, the starting offensive line and defensive line had stayed the same. The other four offensive linemen — LT Mike Pearson, C Brad Meester, RG Chris Naeole and RT Maurice Williams — have started all 11 games, and Meester, Naeole and Williams have played every offensive snap so far. Even though Nesbit started at left for the second straight week, Manuwai returned for the third series of last Sunday's game and played the remainder.
The defensive line has been intact for all 11 games so far. In the franchise's first eight seasons, the defensive line had never gone past the fourth game of the season before the starters changed. This year, the starters — LE Tony Brackens, DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, and RE Hugh Douglas — play 40 to 90 percent of the defensive snaps, while often rotating with backups such as DEs Lionel Barnes and Paul Spicer and DT Rob Meier.
DOUGLAS IS EIGHTH-LEADING ACTIVE SACKER: Jaguars DE Hugh Douglas is tied for eighth among active players in sacks.
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 practice squad)
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. This week's visit is the annual Operation Blessing program:
Tuesday, November 25
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Jacksonville Jaguars will join with several corporate partners, hundreds of volunteers and other local organizations to assist more than 3,000 Eastside families who are in need during the holiday period at A. Philip Randolph Park. Many Jaguars players, led by cornerback Fernando Bryant, and over 250 Wachovia and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. volunteers will off-load two truckloads of groceries and distribute non-perishable food items donated by growers, food processors and manufacturers that support Operation Blessing International, a national non-profit humanitarian relief organization. Winn-Dixie will provide one truck while another from Operation Blessing's Hunger Strike Force will be on site.
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: The Jaguars rank 17th in the NFL in total offense (14th rushing, 12th passing), and they are 10th in defense (3rd rushing and 23rd passing). … QB Byron Leftwich is 14th in the AFC in passing with a 69.4 passer rating. … PK Seth Marler is 14th in the AFC with 59 points (20 of 20 PATS, 13 of 20 FGAs). … RB Fred Taylor is fifth in the AFC with 919 rushing yards. He ranks fifth in the conference with 1,210 yards from scrimmage. He is also tied for 17th in the AFC with five touchdowns. … P Mark Royals is 11th in the AFC with a 35.6-yard net average and is 11th in the AFC with a 41.0 gross average. … David Allen is fourth in the AFC with a 12.8 average on punt returns. … LB Akin Ayodele leads AFC defensive players with three fumble recoveries.
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 11 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 68 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … The Jaguars have had 13 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' 216 completed passes, 110 have been to wide receivers, 32 to tight ends and 74 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 8 for 18 on fourth-down conversions; their opponents are 5 for 8 … On 26 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 13 touchdowns and seven field goals. Their opponents have had 34 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 17 touchdowns and 13 field goals. … Jaguars opponents have begun 18 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on two of those drives (2 TDs), while the Jaguars have begun 30 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, 20-15 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 2-6. … WR Jimmy Smith has played in 134 of the 139 games in Jaguars history. Of the current players, next are QB Mark Brunell (120) and DE Tony Brackens (103). … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by C Brad Meester (team-record 59), followed by WR Jimmy Smith (46) and then four players with 26 consecutive starts: CB Fernando Bryant, RB Fred Taylor, DT Marcus Stroud and G Chris Naeole (who has 67 straight starts dating back to 1999 with New Orleans) … The Jaguars' current longest streak of games played is held by TE Kyle Brady (61), followed by Meester and DT Rob Meier (59 each). … Seven players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: P Mark Royals (219), WR Jimmy Smith (141), TE Kyle Brady (135), QB Mark Brunell (122), DE Hugh Douglas (117), FB Marc Edwards (107) and DE Tony Brackens (103). … Brady leads with 128 career starts, followed by Brunell (117) and Smith (113).