Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson spent the first four years of his career playing at Denver’s Mile High Stadium, regarded as one of the NFL’s loudest stadiums.
Jackson wants the same kind of decibel level at EverBank Field Sunday when the Jaguars host the Seattle Seahawks (4:25 p.m.).
“It’s going to be crazy,” Jackson said after practice Wednesday. “I’m played in a lot of these late [afternoon] games [in Denver]. I’m excited to get back in this atmosphere, excited for the young guys to see this and feel this. It should be a helluva time.”
This is undoubtedly the biggest home game of owner Shad Khan’s tenure (sixth season). It is the first time a Jaguars team with at least eight wins is hosting an opponent with at least eight wins since 2006, when 10-4 New England beat the 8-6 Jaguars 24-21. Both the Jaguars and Seattle are 8-4.
“We’ve got so much to play for,” free safety Tashaun Gipson said. “This loss could set a team back and this win could catapult you into a place where you can be sitting really nice in these last three games. The atmosphere should be crazy. It’s going to definitely be a test to have the fans come out and make it as loud as possible. We know [Seattle] is known for having a loud stadium so obviously they’re used to it but it’s going to be huge for our fans.”
The Jaguars have won three in a row at home after losing their first two.
“[The crowd noise] can lift a team up and keep them going but I also think it affects the opposing team,” coach Doug Marrone said. “The fans that come to the game have always been outstanding.”
Smith, Wells practice
Inactive for the Indianapolis game because of concussions, linebacker Telvin Smith and reserve offensive tackle Josh Wells returned to practice Wednesday. Smith was a full participant and Wells was limited.
Doing on-field work was the next step for Smith and Wells, injured in the Arizona game and the Nov. 30 practice, respectively, but they remain in the concussion program.
Receiver Allen Hurns (ankle), out the last three games, did side-field work. Also not practicing were cornerback Jalen Ramsey (ankle) and receiver Marqise Lee (knee).
Limited in practice were left guard Chris Reed (knee), left guard Patrick Omameh (quad), defensive end Calais Campbell (wrist) and cornerback Aaron Colvin (elbow)
The Jaguars can clinch a playoff spot Sunday if they win and Buffalo loses, Miami/Jets/Chargers all lose or tie and the Oakland-Kansas City game does not end in a tie…. Cornerback A.J. Bouye and Ramsey are the top two in the NFL Pro Bowl voting at their position. In second place are Tommy Bohanon (fullback) and Campbell (defensive end). … Even though the Seahawks-Jaguars game was moved from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m., it won’t be seen by a wide over-the-air audience. According to 506sports, the game will be televised only in northeast Florida on the East Coast and all of Washington state, Oregon and Idaho and parts of Montana, Wyoming and California on the West Coast. The main late-afternoon game is Philadelphia at the Rams.
Staff writer Phillip Heilman contributed to this story.