Even though Thanksgiving is now over, I think it is safe to say that most of my fellow Jacksonville Jaguars fans are still feeling thankful for what the 2017 season has brought us thus far.
The Jaguars have a chance to improve to 8-3 on the season. But, Blaine Gabbert (gasp) and the Arizona Cardinals may have something to say about that as the Jaguars travel to Glendale, Arizona this weekend for a 4:25 EST kickoff. The Cardinals are just 4-6 this season, but I wouldn’t sleep on this team just yet.
The 2017 matchup will be just the fifth time ever that these two franchises will meet. Let’s examine how the previous four meetings have gone.
All-time regular season series record: Series tied 2-2
Last Jaguars win: Nov. 27, 2005 (24-17)
Last Cardinals win: Nov. 17, 2013 (27-14)
Current Streak: Cardinals have won the past two games
Biggest Jaguars win: 44-10 (Dec. 10, 2000)
Biggest Cardinals win: 31-17 (Sept. 20, 2009)
Interesting takeaway: The 2017 matchup will be the third time in five games the Cards and Jags have played each other in the month of November.
Quick thoughts: This is pretty easy to read. The Jaguars won the first two matchups in the series, including a 44-10 thrashing in the first ever meeting between the two teams during the 2000 season. The Cardinals have now won the past two meetings, both by two touchdowns, in the 2009 and 2013 seasons, respectively. This year’s game will only be the second time that the Jaguars have played in Arizona, and Jacksonville won the lone meeting there in 2005 back when the Cardinals were still playing at Sun Devil Stadium. The Cardinals have won two of three games played in Jacksonville.
Date: Nov. 17, 2013
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Team Stats: Jaguars — 255 passing yards, 32 rushing yards, 14 first downs
Cardinals — 419 passing yards, 14 rushing yards, 19 first downs
Quick recap: Neither team could run the ball in this contest. The Jaguars stifled Rashard Mendenhall and the rest of the Cardinals, holding them to 14 yards on 24 attempts (0.58 yards per carry). However, the Jags didn’t fare much better as Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars only gained 32 yards on 16 carries. But it was Carson Palmer and Arizona’s passing attack that carved up the Jaguars defense. Palmer threw for 419 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Meanwhile, Chad Henne struggled, throwing for 255 yards and two picks.
Date: Sept. 20, 2009
Location: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville
Team Stats: Jaguars — 282 passing yards, 92 rushing yards, 18 first downs
Cardinals— 265 passing yards, 118 rushing yards, 22 first downs
Quick recap: The Jaguars never led in this game. In fact, the final score is misleading as the Cardinals were up 31-3 at one point. Arizona had a nice mix of runs and passes in this game. Kurt Warner completed a ridiculous 24 out of 26 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while Tim Hightower ran for 72 yards and a score. David Garrard completed just 53 percent of his passes and threw two touchdowns and one interception, while Maurice Jones-Drew was only able to carry the ball 13 times for 66 yards (likely due to game flow).
Through the Decades
2000-2010: Jags 2-1
2011-Present: Cardinals 1-0
Quick thoughts: Again, not a lot of data to draw from. The teams didn’t see each other at all in the 1990s, but Jacksonville gave Arizona a warm introduction during the first meeting in 2000 with a 34-point victory. The Jags and Cards then split the next two games, and the Cardinals won the last meeting in 2013. Arizona has won the last two games in the series overall.
It’s interesting to watch Jacksonville play against opponents that it is not familiar with. New players, schemes, coaches and wrinkles to deal with. This week’s matchup against the Cardinals is extra special, as former Jaguars bust Blaine Gabbert is now at the helm for the Cardinals. I am sure he wants nothing more than a victory against the team that traded him away, but he had to know why he was moved. Still, I’m sure Gabbert will be passionate about this one.
Will Blaine Gabbert pick apart the vaunted Jacksonville defense (hard to type that without laughing)? Or will Jacksonville leave the desert with another victory? Let us know.
Who wins the Week 12 matchup?
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