Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Sun Could Be Jaguars' Ally

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Sun Could Be Jaguars' Ally

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

If Sunday's weather forecast calling for a high temperature of 93 degrees in Jacksonville is accurate, the Jaguars are about to play the hottest game in franchise history.

Three times -- at home against the Atlanta Falcons last season and on the road against the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears in 1998 -- the Jaguars played in 88-degree weather. They won all three games.

The Jaguars are 5-1 in September home games the last four years and 16-9 all-time. Opposing teams not accustomed to Jacksonville heat and humidity tend to wear down the way the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys did in the 2005 and 2006 season openers, when they took early leads but lost the game in the second half.

Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron, a former assistant coach with the Jaguars, said his players are eating the right foods and drinking the right liquids to prepare for the heat. But that's not the same as living the heat year-round, said Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson.

"You can prepare for the run, you can prepare for the pass, but you can't prepare for the sun," he said.

WILLIAMS VS. BILLS

Jaguars defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will coach against one of the former teams for the third consecutive week. He was an assistant with the Washington Redskins and the Titans -- the Jaguars' two previous opponents -- and was the head coach in Buffalo from 2001 to 2003 before being fired.

The Titans might have been too familiar with Williams. When he called an all-out blitz on third-and-15 on quarterback Kerry Collins' first play, Tennessee anticipated it and ran a tight-end screen that gained 44 yards.

Williams declined to comment this week.

Said Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio: "I'm not going to question play-calling. Whatever we call, we've got to execute."

PORTER'S STATUS UNKNOWN

Jaguars wide receiver Jerry Porter practiced Thursday, but declined to comment on whether he'll play Sunday. …

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