**Sunday, December 7, 2003, 1:00 p.m. EST
ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla. **
Regionally on CBS and locally on WTEV Ch. 47 (Ch. 6 cable),
Craig Bolerjack (play by play) and Beasley Reece (color analyst)
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 head into the final month of the season with perhaps the most improved defense in the NFL and looking for more victories in their first season under head coach Jack Del Rio. The Jaguars are coming off a 17-10 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on ESPN's "Sunday Night Football" and are now 3-9 this season.
First up are the Houston Texans, who come to ALLTEL Stadium on Sunday for a rematch at 1:00 p.m. EST. It will be the Jaguars' final division game of the season. The Jaguars have allowed only 33 points in their last three games, the fewest in the NFL in that time and their fewest in a three-game stretch since December 2001. They have also given up only 749 yards in those three games, an average of 249.7 per game, and they now rank sixth in the NFL in total defense through 12 games. That is their highest ranking since they had the fourth-ranked defense in 1999. In addition, Jacksonville's run defense ranks second in the league, the team's best ranking since the third week of the 1997 season.
The Jaguars are 3-3 at home this season and a victory would guarantee them of at least a .500 record at home for the first time since 2000, when they went 4-4. The Texans are 5-7 this season after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 17-13 on Sunday.
"This is going to be a good football team," said Del Rio. "We feel like we're turning the corner in a lot of areas, and I was glad we got the results (in the nationally televised game against Tampa Bay). People across the nation got a chance to see what the Jaguars are going to be all about."
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are still available for the two remaining home games, including the December 21 contest vs. New Orleans. Fans can call 1-877-4-JAGS-TIX or (904) 633-2000 or buy tickets online at jaguars.com.
THE OPPONENT: After a five-year absence, the NFL returned to the city of Houston in 2002. An expansion franchise was awarded on October 6, 1999 when the league announced that the 32nd NFL franchise would go to to owner Robert C. McNair. In their first season, the Texans finished 4-12 and in fourth place in the AFC South Division. This season, they are 5-7 and in third place in the AFC South.
THE SERIES: This will be the fourth game between the Jaguars and Texans, with Houston holding a 2-1 lead in the series. The two teams split the series in 2002. On October 27, the Texans won the second game in franchise history when they defeated the Jaguars 21-19 in Jacksonville. The Jaguars returned the favor three weeks later in Houston with a 24-21 win. On September 28 earlier this season, the Texans won 24-20 at Reliant Stadium.
THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars lost 24-20 to the Texans on September 28 at Reliant Stadium, when David Carr scored from one foot out on the final play of the game. The Jaguars took a 20-17 lead in the third quarter and took over the ball on an interception with 4:24 to play. However rookie QB Byron Leftwich, making his first start for an injured Mark Brunell, fumbled on a naked bootleg and the Texans drove 41 yards in the final 2:42 for the winning score. Leftwich completed 17 of 36 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown. But he was intercepted three times and lost the costly fumble, as the Jaguars dropped to 0-4. Leftwich's TD pass was an 84-yarder to Troy Edwards for the longest play from scrimmage in Jaguars history. Fred Taylor scored his first touchdown of the year and Seth Marler kicked two field goals for the rest of Jacksonville's scoring. Despite the Jaguars' five turnovers, they managed to accumulate 342 yards, and they forced four Houston turnovers. On Houston's game-winning drive, the Texans drove to the Jaguars' four-yard line with 29 seconds remaining. The Jaguars held for six plays (including three penalties) before Houston coach Dom Capers decided to go for the touchdown on the final play, rather than kick a field goal that would have sent the game into overtime.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE TEXANS WOULD: Be their fourth win of the season, giving them them a 4-9 record. It would be their first back-to-back victories since November 2002 and give them a 4-3 record at home for the season and even the series at 2-2
INJURY UPDATE: There were no major injuries suffered in the Buccaneers 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.
Last season, Dom Capers guided the Houston Texans to a 4-12 record, tied for the second-most victories by an expansion team. The first coach in Texans history, Capers knows how to build an expansion team since it was his Carolina Panthers that set the inaugural expansion record for victories by going 7-9 in 1995. Capers posted a 31-35 record in four seasons as coach of the Panthers (1995-98), including a trip to the 1996 NFC Championship game in the franchise's second season. After their 7-9 record in 1995, the Panthers posted a 12-4 mark and knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys in an NFC Divisional Playoff game before ultimately falling to the Green Bay Packers, a performance that earned Capers Coach of the Year honors. Capers served as Jacksonville's defensive coordinator (1999-2000) before being tabbed to run the NFL's newest franchise. Capers played safety and linebacker at Mount Union College (1971). He started his coaching career at Kent State (1972-1974) before moving on to Hawaii (1975-76), San Jose State (1977), California (1978-79), Tennessee (1980-81) and Ohio State (1982-83). Capers got his NFL coaching start with the New Orleans Saints (1986-1991) prior to being the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-94). He has an overall record of 40-54.
JACKSONVILLE-HOUSTON CONNECTIONS: Six Texans are former Jaguars: RB Stacey Mack (1999-2002), DT Seth Payne (1997-2001), DE Gary Walker (1999-2001), G Zach Wiegert (1999-2002), S Marlon McCree (2001-03) and OL Jimmy Herndon (1996). Payne, Walker and Mack are on injured reserve. … Texans head coach Dom Capers was the defensive coordinator for the Jaguars in 1999 and 2000 … Texans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer was the Jaguars' offensive coordinator in 1997 and '98 … Texans with ties to the state of Florida include: WR Jabar Gaffney (Jacksonville, Raines High School, University of Florida), G Milford Brown (Florida State), WR Andre Johnson (Miami, University of Miami), C Chris Lorenti (Port Orange, Central Florida), and RB Stacey Mack (Orlando) … Three Jaguars have ties to the state of Texas: LB Akin Ayodele (Grand Prairie), DE Tony Brackens (Fairfield, University of Texas) and WR Cortez Hankton (Texas Southern) … Players who were college teammates include: Jaguars OT Mike Pearson and LB Mike Peterson with Texans WR Jabar Gaffney at Florida; Jaguars OT Sammy Williams and Texans RB James Allen at Oklahoma; Jaguars RB David Allen with Texans CB Demarcus Faggins and TE Justin Swift at Kansas State; Jaguars DE Lionel Barnes and Texans LB Steve Foley at Louisiana-Monroe; and Jaguars DT John Henderson and Texans G Fred Weary at Tennessee …Coaches who shared the same sideline include: Jaguars OL coach Paul Boudreau and Texans offensive coordinator Kipp Brown with the Miami Dolphins (1999), Jaguars assistant head coach Steve Shafer and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave with Texans RB coach Chick Harris and assistant OL coach Greg Roman with the Carolina Panthers. … Texans DB coach Jon Hoke was defensive coordinator at Florida from 1999 to 2001, and Texans defensive quality control coach Jedd Fisch was a graduate assistant at Florida in 1999 and 2000.
JAGUARS VS. TEXANS: Here are the accumulated statistics for players in the Jaguars-Texans series:
Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich – 1 game (0-1 record); 17 of 36 for 231 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT; 2 rushes for 11 yards
Jaguars RB Fred Taylor – 3 games; 57 carries for 207 yards, 0 TD; 7 receptions for 49 yards
Jaguars TE Kyle Brady – 3 games; 5 receptions for 54 yards, 1 TD
Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith — 2 games; 10 receptions for 150 yards, 2 TDs
Jaguars WR Troy Edwards — 1 game; 3 receptions for 111 yards, 1 TD
Jaguars WR Kevin Johnson — 1 game; 4 receptions for 22 yards (with Cleveland)
Texans QB David Carr – 3 games (2-1 record); 56 of 84 (66.6%) for 706 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs ; 16 carries for 65 yards and 3 TDs
Texans WR Corey Bradford – 3 games; 7 receptions for 98 yards, 1 TD
Texans WR Jabar Gaffney – 3 games; 9 receptions for 143 yards, 1 TD
Texans TE Billy Miller – 3 games; 9 receptions for 132 yards, 1 TD
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars celebrated their 10th anniversary with a 17-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in front of a national television audience on Sunday night at ALLTEL Stadium. In a game played 10 years after Jacksonville was awarded an NFL expansion franchise, the Jaguars defeated a defending Super Bowl champion team for the first time. Byron Leftwich threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Smith with 10:23 left in the game to break a 10-10 tie, and the Jaguars stopped the Buccaneers on their final two possessions. Leftwich, who threw a 10-yard TD pass to Kyle Brady in the second quarter, completed 20 of 34 passes for 224 yards in leading the victory, as the Jaguars improved to 3-9 and evened their home record at 3-3. Smith caught 10 passes for 136 yards, and Fred Taylor rushed for 118 yards on 29 carries, as the Jacksonville offense rolled up 359 yards against one of the NFL's top defenses. The Jacksonville defense held the Buccaneers to 221 yards, Tampa Bay's fewest of the season. The Jaguars drove into Tampa Bay territory twice in the first quarter but came away with no points. The Leftwich-to-Brady score gave them a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter, but the Buccaneers struck back for 10 points on their next two drives. Seth Marler kicked a 28-yard field goal just before halftime to tie the game 10-10. Smith's touchdown was the only score of the second half.
NOTES FROM THE BUCCANEERS GAME: The Jaguars are now 12-4 at home vs. NFC teams. They are 8-4 at home in prime-time games, including 3-2 on Sunday nights. … The win gave the Jaguars a 2-1 lead in the series. … For the third straight week, the Jaguars had more first downs (21 to 16), more yards (359 to 221) and more time of possession (31:30 to 28:30). … The Jaguars converted 4 of 12 third downs, while the Buccaneers converted just 2 of 12 third downs … QB Byron Leftwich is now 3-0 when he does not throw an interception and 0-6 when he is intercepted. He had a passer rating of 98.2, his second highest of the season. … Fred Taylor rushed 29 times for 118 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the season and 26th of his career. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark rushing this season for the second straight year and fourth time in his career. He now has 1,037 rushing yards this season. His 61 carries the last two weeks is the most in any two-game stretch of his career. Taylor has now started 28 consecutive games. … Jimmy Smith caught 10 passes for 136 yards. He has 707 career receptions, passing Gary Clark (699) for 16th place all time. He also has 9,915 receiving yards for his career and moved into 18th place on the all-time list, passing Drew Hill (9,831) and Shannon Sharpe (9,855). It was Smith's second 100-yard game of the year and 39th of his career. He has now caught a pass in 40 straight games, tying for the third-longest streak in team history. … Kevin Johnson caught a pass in his 75th straight game, every one in his career. … Mark Royals punted three times for a 43.3-yard average, with one touchback, none inside the 20 and a 46 long. He had one kick returned for one yard and a 36.3-yard net average. … Mike Peterson made his third interception of the season (10th of his career), tying his personal best set in 2002. He now has interceptions in two straight games, tying the team record held by four other players six different times. … Marcus Stroud got the team's two sacks, giving him 4.5 for the season (to take over the team lead) and three in the last two games. … The Jaguars did not allow a sack and have allowed only two sacks in the last four games. … David Allen returned two punts for 29 yards, including a 28-yarder. … The Jaguars had one turnovers and one takeaway and are still minus-five for the season. … RCB Rashean Mathis led the team with 11 tackles (9 solo), followed by MLB Mike Peterson with 9 tackles (3 solo). … Every player who dressed saw action except OT/G Leander Jordan. The inactive players were: QB Mark Brunell, S Ray Perryman, CB Jason Craft, OT/G Sammy Williams, C Brett Romberg, OL Marques Ogden, WR Matthew Hatchette and TE Chris Luzar. … Jaguars captains were: WR Jimmy Smith, RB Fred Taylor, SS Donovin Darius, DT John Henderson and LB Tony Gilbert.
FROM COACH JACK DEL RIO ON THE BUCCANEERS GAME: "It was against the defending Super Bowl champions, and they were desperate for a win trying to stay in the playoff hunt. They had talked about how they were as focused as they've been all year, and we knew we had a challenge ahead of us."
(on Byron Leftwich) "He responded like the guy we think he's going to be. He didn't duck anything. He came out really poised, really focused and played a heckuva football game and gave us an opportunity to win. He played lights out, real well. He responded like a pro. He's been very good. No question that missing camp put him behind on some things that we need to work with him on, and we're catching up on the run. There's also no doubt he'll be a fine football player in this league. He was able to go out today and put that issue to rest."
(on the offensive line) "I've been proud of the offensive line all year. Anytime you hold a Buccaneers team without a sack, as much as we threw the ball, that's great line play."
(on putting the game away at the end) "That's the way you finish a game. We did the things you have to do to win. The guys are believing. That's what we needed to do — just stay aggressive. We were ready as a football team to win the game and be aggressive."
FROM QB BYRON LEFTWICH: "I'm just happy we got the win. I'm happy that after all of the struggles, I didn't play well the last two weeks, but I kept working hard and we came out and got the win."
(on doubting himself) "I never lost confidence in myself. I think the second you give up is the second everyone else around you gives up. My teammates still had all the confidence in me, and I think it's just something I had to go through. I'm just happy we came away with the win."
(on the play of the offensive line) "They (the Buccaneers) have a lot of Pro Bowlers on their defensive line and like I say every week those guys have been up to the challenge all year. They've been playing great now for five or six weeks in a row. They've been more physical than the defensive lines. They enable us to do the things that we do."
(on being challenged to play better) "I challenge myself every week. That's something I can't control. I would have loved to play better those last two weeks, but it's in the past and the only thing I can control is to make sure my next game is better. I didn't need that to challenge myself to play better because I challenge myself every week."
FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: (on if Byron Leftwich may have thrown the ball too deep on the TD reception) "I had been telling him since Day One that he can't out throw me. He has to get used to the fact that if he throws the ball out there that I'm going to go get it, instead of trying to gauge my speed. Fortunately tonight, he did that."
FROM RB FRED TAYLOR: (on the aggressiveness of the offense at toward the end of the game) "After the Jets game, the coaches vowed to be more aggressive on both sides of the ball and it worked out pretty well tonight."
(on what a win like this can do for a team) "We have to just keep on grinding, keep taking it week to week and try to win the rest of the games. To have momentum at the end of the year, we're looking for good things to happen next year."
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will go back on the road when they face the New England Patriots at 1:00 p.m. EST at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 1998 playoffs and only the third regular-season game ever. New England has won both of the regular-season games, 28-25 in overtime in 1996 at old Foxboro Stadium and 26-20 in 1997 in Jacksonville. The two teams have also met twice in the postseason, with each team having a victory at home. In 1996, the Patriots won the AFC Championship game 20-6, and in 1998, the Jaguars won a Wild-Card Playoff game 25-10. This season, the Patriots are 10-2 and in first place in the AFC East. They have the second best record in the NFL.
THE RUSH STOPS HERE: This season, the Jaguars rank second in the NFL in rushing defense (85.4 yards per game) and first in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt (3.2). In the last 11 games, the Jaguars have held opposing starting ballcarriers to an average of 58.5 yards per game and an average of only 3.1 yards per rush.
NOVEMBER REIGN: The Jaguars won two of their five games in November, and the three losses were all decided in the final minute of play. The Jaguars have improved considerably over the first two months of the season.
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 16TH AND 18TH 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 707 career receptions for 9,915 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 second 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 the following week when Jamar Nesbit started but Manuwai returned on the third series. 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 12 games, and Meester, Naeole and Williams have played every offensive snap so far. The Jaguars' offensive line has allowed only two sacks in the last four games, the fewest ever in any four-game stretch for the team.
The defensive line has been intact for all 12 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 (3) — DE Hugh Douglas, FB Marc Edwards, 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 William
First-year free agents (2) — RB/KR David Allen, S Ray Perryman
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, December 2
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. DT Marcus Stroud will visit Chet's Creek Elementary School to visit with first-graders and talk to them about being good students and working hard to achieve their goals.
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. OT Mike Pearson will visit Central Riverside Elementary School to talk to the students about the importance of reading during the school's Read to Succeed program.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. OT Marques Ogden will visit Rutledge Pearson Elementary School to read to the students as part of National Children's Book Week.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CB Kiwaukee Thomas will visit Destiny Educational School to read to the students and talk to them about the importance of literacy and education.
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. OT Maurice Williams will meet fans and sign autographs at the Penman Plaza Winn-Dixie Marketplace located at 1209 Atlantic Blvd. in Neptune Beach.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. FB Marc Edwards will meet Jaguars fans and sign autographs at All-Sports Collectibles located at 57 Baisden Road in Jacksonville.
Thursday, December 4
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. LB Akin Ayodele and QB David Garrard will meet fans and sign autographs at the Winn-Dixie Marketplace located at 10915 Baymeadows Rd.
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. LB Danny Clark will meet fans and sign autographs at KB Home Studio located at 11112-34 San Jose Blvd. Guests are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to help support the KB Home/ United Way of Northeast Florida 2nd Annual Toy Drive.
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: The Jaguars rank 17th in the NFL in total offense (14th rushing, 13th passing), and they are 6th in defense (2nd rushing and 17th passing). … QB Byron Leftwich is 14th in the AFC in passing with a 72.9 passer rating. … PK Seth Marler is 14th in the AFC with 64 points (22 of 2 PATS, 14 of 23 FGAs). … RB Fred Taylor is fifth in the AFC with 1,037 rushing yards. He ranks fifth in the conference with 1,340 yards from scrimmage. … WR Jimmy Smith is 25th in the AFC with 43 receptions and 15th with 625 receiving yards. … P Mark Royals is 10th in the AFC with a 35.6-yard net average and is 10th in the AFC with a 41.1 gross average. … David Allen is fourth in the AFC with a 13.0 average on punt returns. … LB Akin Ayodele is tied for the AFC lead among 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 12 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 31 points, while their opponents scored 71 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … The Jaguars have had 14 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' 236 completed passes, 124 have been to wide receivers, 35 to tight ends and 77 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 9 for 20 on fourth-down conversions; their opponents are 6 for 10 … On 29 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 14 touchdowns and eight field goals. Their opponents have had 35 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 18 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 32 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, 21-15 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 3-6. … WR Jimmy Smith has played in 135 of the 140 games in Jaguars history. Of the current players, next are QB Mark Brunell (120) and DE Tony Brackens (104). … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by C Brad Meester (team-record 60), followed by WR Jimmy Smith (47) and then four players with 27 consecutive starts: CB Fernando Bryant, RB Fred Taylor, DT Marcus Stroud and G Chris Naeole (who has 68 straight starts dating back to 1999 with New Orleans) … The Jaguars' current longest streak of games played is held by TE Kyle Brady (62), followed by Meester and DT Rob Meier (60 each). … Seven players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: P Mark Royals (220), WR Jimmy Smith (142), TE Kyle Brady (136), QB Mark Brunell (122), DE Hugh Douglas (118), FB Marc Edwards (108) and DE Tony Brackens (104). … Brady leads with 129 career starts, followed by Brunell (117), Smith (114) and DE Hugh Douglas (101).