The Oakland Raiders will begin a two-game road trip in Florida this week, beginning with a matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Sunday's game is the first matchup between the two teams since they met in Oakland in 2013. The Jaguars will be the second AFC South opponent of the year for the Raiders, as they defeated the Tennessee Titans in Week 3 and will take on the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts in the second half of the season. Last week, the Raiders fell in a divisional matchup at home to the Kansas City Chiefs, while the Jaguars won a road contest against the Chicago Bears.
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Date:Sunday, Oct. 23Kickoff:10:00 a.m. PTSite:EverBank Field (1995)Capacity/Surface:67,246/Natural GrassRegular Season:Jaguars lead, 4-3
Playing the Chiefs for the first time this year, Oakland fell by a final of 10-26. Despite the wet weather, WR Amari Cooper turned in a big performance, setting a career mark with 10 receptions for 129 yards. WR Andre Holmes hauled in his second receiving touchdown of the year on the game's first drive. QB Derek Carr threw for 225 yards on 22-of-34 passing with one touchdown and one interception on the afternoon. RB DeAndré Washington led the team with 49 rushing yards. On defense, S Karl Joseph led the team with 11 tackles (seven solo). DE Khalil Mack picked up his second sack of the season, bringing down QB Alex Smith in the first quarter to help force a punt. P Marquette King punted three times for 159 yards in the game.
Following Sunday's game, the Raiders will stay in the state of Florida for the week in preparation for their game on Oct. 30 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After the game against the Buccaneers, the team will have a divisional matchup with the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football before their bye week. Next week, the Jaguars will travel to play the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football.
Over the last two weeks, WR Amari Cooper has been on a tear, recording 16 catches for 267 yards (16.7 avg.) and one touchdown against the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Below are some notes on Cooper's season so far:
• Cooper is tied for seventh in the NFL with 36 receptions.
• Cooper ranks fourth in the NFL with 585 receiving yards.
• Cooper is tied for sixth in the NFL with 24 receptions resulting in first downs.
• Cooper is tied for first in the NFL with seven receptions of at least 25 yards. Notes from last week's game vs. Kansas City
• Cooper became the first Raider with 10 receptions in a game since Brandon Myers recorded 14 in 2012.
• Cooper is the first Raiders receiver to record nine-plus catches in the first half since Jerry Rice caught 10 in 2002.
• Cooper's 108 career receptions are the most by a Raider through their first two seasons, passing Marcus Allen (106 from 1982- 83).
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Overview: Head Coach Gus Bradley is now in his fourth season with the reigns of the Jaguars in hand, posting a 14-39 record during his time in Jacksonville. He comes off a season in 2015 in which the team finished 5-11, the most wins by the franchise since 2011. Now in Week 7 of the 2016 season, Bradley has his team on a two-game winning streak after defeating the Bears last week in a late thriller, and the Colts in their previous matchup.
Offense: At the helm of the Jaguars offense is third-year QB Blake Bortles. Bortles entered 2016 as the franchise's fourth ranked passer in yards (7,336), attempts (1,081), completions (635), touchdowns (46) and completion percentage (58.7). Through his first five games, Bortles has thrown for 1,321 yards, eight touchdown passes and seven interceptions. With newly-acquired RB Chris Ivory injured early in the season, second-year RB T.J. Yeldon leads the team with 176 rushing yards and one touchdown. WRs Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson are again the team's two leading receivers thus far, totaling 587 yards on 44 receptions while adding four touchdowns.
Defense: Now in his fourth season as a member of the Jaguars' coaching staff, Todd Wash earned his first opportunity to lead as the defensive coordinator in 2016. Through their first five games, the team ranks eighth overall in total defense (321.1 yards per game). With the help of their free agent splash DT Malik Jackson, the team's rushing defense is allowing 103.0 yards per game, good for 14th in the NFL. DE Yannick Ngakoue leads the team with four sacks, while second-year DE Dante Fowler Jr. sits in second with two after returning from his season-ending injury in 2015. LB Paul Posluszny's 46 tackles (35 solo) are a team lead, as he is also tied for the club lead in interceptions with one.
• Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio began his head coaching career with the Jaguars in 2003. In 2004, he led the team to their first winning record since 1999 (9-7), and followed with a 12-4 finish the next year, taking the team to the playoffs. The 12-4 finish is the second best finish for the team in franchise history. In 2007, Del Rio again took the team to the playoffs after an 11-5 finish, advancing to the Divisional Round and marking the last playoff appearance by the Jacksonville club.
• Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave served in the same role from 2003-04 on Head Coach Jack Del Rio's staff with the Jaguars, while also serving as the quarterbacks coach in 2004 in addition to his offensive coordinator role with the team.
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• Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice spent four seasons with the Jaguars as the assistant head coach, also serving as the tight ends coach for his last three years with the club under Head Coach Jack Del Rio.
• Raiders tight ends coach Bobby Johnson spent one year with the Jaguars in 2012 as their tight ends coach.
• Raiders assistant quarterbacks coach Jake Peetz began his NFL coaching career with the Jaguars in 2008, spending five seasons there, being a scouting assistant from 2008-2009, moving to a BLESTO Scout from 2010-2011 and finishing his stint with the Jaguars in 2012 as an offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach.
• Raiders S Reggie Nelson was originally selected by the Jaguars in the first round (21st overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Nelson spent three full seasons with the Jaguars, starting in 42 of his 45 games played.
• Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson held the same position as a member of the Raiders' coaching staff from 2013-2014.
• Jaguars running backs coach Kelly Skipper joined Jacksonville after spending eight seasons (2007-2014) with the Raiders, the first two as a tight ends coach and the last six as running backs coach.
• Raiders S Reggie Nelson played his college ball at the Florida (2005- 2006), playing in 25 games throughout his career and earning All-SEC First Team honors in 2006 while helping his team capture the BCS National Championship that same season.
• Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (2012-2014) and Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (2013-2015) played at Florida State for two years, playing integral roles in their team's victory in the BCS National Championship game over the Auburn Tigers during the 2013 season. Raiders T Menelik Watson was also a member of the 2012 FSU team.
• Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski played three years at FSU (1997-1999) and was the last kicker to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. C Rodney Hudson is also a FSU alum (2007-2010).
• Raiders RB Latavius Murray played for the Central Florida (2008-2012), appearing in 45 career games. Murray also played together with Jaguars QB Blake Bortles and UCF.
• Jaguars DE Tyson Alualu played for Cal (Berkeley) from 2006-2009 and was a four-year letterman, playing in 52 games with 40 starts.
• Raiders LB Malcolm Smith (2007-2010) and Jaguars DT Malik Jackson (2008-2009) spent two years together for USC. Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. served as the linebackers coach for Smith, while Raiders defensive line coach Jethro Franklin coached Jackson on the defensive line during his two years with the team before transferring to Ten- nessee. Jaguars defensive assistant Monte Kiffin (defensive coordinator) also coached Smith during his senior year with USC.
• Raiders S Nate Allen (Cape Coral), WR Amari Cooper (Miami), G/C Jon Feliciano (Davie), WR Johnny Holton (Miami), K Sebastian Janikowski (Daytona Beach), S Karl Joseph (Orlando), G Denver Kirkland (Miami), DE Khalil Mack (Fort Pierce), S Reggie Nelson (Melbourne) and TE Clive Walford (Belle Glade) are all natives of Florida.
• Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is a native of Stockton, Calif., where he at- tended Tokay High School.
• Jaguars S Peyton Thompson attended Granite Bay (Calif.) High School and attended San Jose State from 2008-11.