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Statistically Speaking: Week 3 vs. Miami

Jaguars
24 Sep 2020, 18:06 GMT+10

David Wolf

In Week 3, the Jaguars return home for a prime-time matchup against the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast nationally on NFL Network and locally on WFOX with Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color analyst), Erin Andrews (sideline reporter) and Kristina Pink (sideline reporter) on the call.

PRIME TIME IN TEAL AT TIAA BANK FIELD: Thursday marks Jacksonville's 39th nationally-televised prime-time game and the 29th prime-time contest in franchise history played at home. It is also the Jaguars' 13th appearance on Thursday Night Football in team history and their ninth regular season contest against Miami.

The Jaguars will don teal jerseys and teal pants together for the first time in franchise history as they look to pick up their fifth consecutive home prime-time victory. While the Jaguars have never won teal jerseys with teal pants, the team has a 64-47 record, including a 20-7 victory on Thursday Night Football against the Titans last season, when wearing teal jerseys.

The Jaguars, which will host fans for the second home game this season, have worked to create a contactless experience for the limited capacity crowd attending games at TIAA Bank Field this season. Accommodations include physically-distanced parking, new security screening and ticket-scanning procedures, cashless concessions, mobile ordering and pod seating. In addition, the Jaguars have added more than 750 hand-sanitizing stations throughout the venue, and certified disinfection specialists will be at the stadium on game day cleaning all high touchpoint areas with hospital grade disinfectant.

"I think having our fans in the stands definitely gives us an advantage. It really fuels a lot of our guys, so we're looking forward to having our crowd. Game 1, they really helped us out, we appreciate everyone that came out. Me personally, it's fun with everybody in the stands when you're celebrating." - QB Gardner Minshew II

OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER: Through two games, the Jaguars offense has scored 57 points (28.5 points per game), the eighth-most in the NFL this season and the most by any Jaguars team through Week 2 since 2000. In addition, Jacksonville ranks first in the NFL in third down percentage (62.5), second in red zone TD percentage (85.7) and fifth in TDs scored (seven).

Second-year QB Gardner Minshew II has been leading the way for Jacksonville in his second season. Minshew's six TDs are tied for the most in the AFC, while his 115.7 passer rating is the best in franchise history through the first two weeks (min. 25 attempts) of a season. Minshew completed 20 of 30 passes for 204 yards and two TDs for a 110.6 passer rating on Thursday Night Football last season and would improve to 2-0 in prime-time matchups with a victory against the Dolphins.

The Jaguars' ground game has been strong as well led by undrafted rookie RB James Robinson. Robinson rushed for 102 yards and one TD in Jacksonville's Week 2 contest against the Titans, becoming the fourth undrafted rookie in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards and one TD in his first or second career game. His 210 scrimmage yards are the most by a rookie in the NFL this season.

Quotable: "A lot of people are touching it, and I think the players are genuinely happy when we have success, and it doesn't have to be an individual person for them to feel that way. So, they play hard, they're unselfish, they're playing smart right now, so I think there's a great upside, because of that, for this season ... We've got to be on our stuff and continue to play well together." - Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden

MIAMI MEMORIES: Thursday marks the Jaguars' 16th regular season intrastate game in franchise history. The Jaguars have posted an 8-7 record in games against Miami and Tampa Bay through their first 25 seasons, including a 4-4 record against the Dolphins. The Jaguars are 2-0 in prime-time intrastate matchups with a win against Miami on Monday Night Football in 1998 and a win against Tampa Bay on Sunday Night Football in 2003.

Two members of the Jaguars rookie class have Miami ties, including the team's No. 9 overall pick in 2020: CB CJ Henderson. Henderson was born in Miami and played running back and cornerback at Christopher Columbus High School prior to attending the University of Florida.

Additionally, one of the Jaguars' fourth-round picks, LB Shaquille Quarterman, played for the University of Miami and is the only player in school history to start 52 consecutive games. The Jacksonville native finished his illustrious Hurricanes career with 356 tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks.

Former Jaguars running back and current Offensive Quality Control Coach Denard Robinsonstarred at Deerfield Beach High School and was born in Deerfield, Fla., fewer than 50 miles from Miami.

Quotable:"All these guys love playing football. That's the biggest thing and that's what helps us get by every day. It's a long season, and you get through that by being happy with everyone you see in the building every day. Everybody in the locker room knows we have each other's back regardless of what the outcome is. That allows everyone to play to their highest potential." -CB CJ Henderson

FOURTH QUARTER FIGHT: The Jaguars have controlled the fourth quarter in both of their games this season. In Week 1 against Indianapolis, Jacksonville outscored the Colts, 10-3, in the final frame led by a game-winning drive from QB Gardner Minshew II and a game-clinching pass defensed by CB CJ Henderson.

In Jacksonville's Week 2 contest, the Jaguars outscored the Titans, 13-3, and outgained the Titans by 55 net yards (113-58).

The Jaguars have outscored opponents by 17 in the fourth quarter in 2020, the highest point differential in the NFL this season.

Quotable: "I think it's just the mentality that we have, whether it's 30-17 or it's a tie game. We understand that we only control what we can control when we're out there on the field, and I think that helps the offensive line ... They [the defense] know even if the team does score, we as an offense have the potential to go score, too. You just go out there and keep playing like every drive is a new drive." - WR DJ Chark Jr.

FLY YOUR FLAGS: While limited capacity restrictions may prevent some in Jacksonville from being together for Thursday's game, the Jaguars have issued a call for "Flags Out" to turn the city teal and rally as one under the banner of DuvALL TOGETHER, a rally cry to unite and inspire the community this season.

Fans can see the limited-edition DuVALL Together flags on display at TIAA Bank Field, around the community and on social media this season.

Flags can be purchased by visiting www.jaguars.com/flagsout. Net proceeds from the "Flags Out" campaign will benefit the Jaguars Foundation and its annual programs and initiatives.

Quotable: "DuvALL TOGETHER is not a corporate tagline. Rather, it is a declaration of unity that reinforces our belief that when we come together in solidarity, we are stronger than those things that threaten to divide us. This energy is part of what makes our Jaguars fans so amazing. And the fact that this statement and creative execution was developed in collaboration with our friends at Threat Supply makes it all the more meaningful." - Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Julian Duncan

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