This is the fifth meeting between the two teams. The regular season series is tied, 2-2. The Jaguars won 7-6 in the second game last year in their first meeting in five years. They also played in playoff games in consecutive years after the 1996 and 1997 seasons. The Jaguars stunned the Broncos, 30-27, after the 1996 season to make the Super Bowl and the Broncos blew out the Jaguars, 42-17, the following year en route to the Super Bowl.
--Rookie running back Alvin Pearman appears to be replacing LaBrandon Toefield as the team's backup running back. While Toefield has yet to have a carry or catch a pass the last two games, Pearman continues to get more playing time and averaged 5.3 yards a
carry in four carries against the Jets.
"Alvin Pearman continues to do a nice job for us," coach Jack Del Rio said.
Pearman was taken in the fourth round last year after Denver passed him up on the third round to take Maurice Clarett.
--Jaguars defensive tackle John Henderson has been accused of domestic battery, which is a misdemeanor, after an alleged incident at her apartment earlier this month.
A 26-year-old woman, Valerie Denise Jones, said that Henderson kicked in the door of her apartment at 2 a.m. on September 16 and threw her around the apartment after she refused to have sex with him.
She also accuses him of making threatening phone calls and committing between one and five previous acts of domestic violence.
She also answered "yes" when she was asked, "Does your partner use drugs (cocaine, crack or other illegal street drugs) or get drunk or both on a regular basis."
Police have not yet arrested Henderson, but if he's arrested or convicted, he could face fines and a possible suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The allegations of drug abuse also could cause him to be entered into the league's substance abuse program.
--Punter Chris Hanson, who made the Pro Bowl in 2002 before being sidelined in 2003 in the locker room ax incident, is bidding for another Pro Bowl.
He is No. 1 in the NFL in net average and has dropped 11 punts inside the 20 in three games. He's averaging 46.8 yards per punt with an average net of 43.6 yards.
BY THE NUMBERS:
The 2-1 Jaguars are shooting for their fifth 3-1 start. The only time they were 4-0 was in 1998.
QUOTE TO NOTE:
"I feel confident we'll go past that threshold this year," coach Jack Del Rio predicting they'll score more than 30 points in a game this year. They haven't done that in 53 games.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL:
Guard Derrick Fletcher, who was resigned last Wednesday, has a chance to play this week because guard Chris Naeole has an ailing knee.
PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES:
--RT Mo Williams missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury and is listed as questionable.
--RG Chris Naeole missed practice with a knee injury Wednesday and is listed as questionable.
--DT Marcus Stroud missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury and is listed as questionable.
--DE Reggie Hayward practiced Wednesday with a foot injury Wednesday and is listed as probable.
--CB Rashean Mathis practiced Wednesday with a foot injury and is listed as probable.
--WR Cortez Hankton, who's yet to play this year, is out with an ankle injury and didn't practice Wednesday.
Look for the Jaguars to use the same game plan that worked so well against the Jets. They figure to give a heavy load to running back Fred Taylor to keep the Broncos from putting the big rush on Byron Leftwich, who took a beating in Indianapolis when he was sacked six times. Leftwich was sacked only twice as Taylor ran 37 times.
If the Broncos come up to stop the run, it makes the passing game more effective as Leftwich threw two touchdown passes against the Jets.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Jaguars RE Paul Spicer vs. Broncos LT Matt Lepsis -
Spicer broke his leg last year while being blocked by Lepsis and is looking to have a big day. He had three sacks last week against the Jets.
Broncos WR Rod Smith vs. Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis -
This should be a good matchup of a top veteran receiver against a young cornerback who is coming into his own.
The Jaguars could be hurting in the line since the two players on the right side of their line, Mo Williams and Chris Naeole, and their two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, Marcus Stroud, all didn't practice Wednesday because of knee injuries. All three are listed as questionable and the Jaguars are waiting to see if they can practice later in the week or will be game time decisions.
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