The Titans (4-4) host the Jaguars (0-8) on Nov. 10 at LP Field. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:
Tennessee defeated the Rams in St. Louis 28-21 on Nov. 3 to end a three-game losing streak. Jacksonville is coming off its bye week after a 42-10 loss to San Francisco in London at the second and final International Series game of 2013.
Team stat comparisons
Tennessee’s Offensive Rankings: Yards/Game 24th (318.0); Rushing Yards/Game 14th (114.8); Passing Yards/Game 24th (203.3), Turnover Ratio Plus-6 (tied for 7th in NFL)
Jacksonville’s Defensive Rankings: Yards/Game 27th (392.3); Rushing Yards/Game 32nd (161.8); Passing Yards/Game 12th (230.5), Points Allowed/Game: 32nd (33.0)
Tennessee’s Defensive Rankings: Yards/Game 12th (340.3); Rushing Yards/Game 27th (122.5); Passing Yards/Game 7th (217.8), Points Allowed/Game: 9th (20.9)
Jacksonville’s Offensive Rankings: Yards/Game 32nd (286.5); Rushing Yards/Game 66.4 (31st); Passing Yards/Game 19th (220.1), Turnover Ratio Minus-7 (tied for 26th)
The Titans lead 21-16 in 37 all-time meetings that include Tennessee’s 33-14 win in the 1999 AFC Championship to go to Super Bowl XXXIV, but the teams have split each of the past four seasons.
The previous meeting
Tennessee defeated Jacksonville 38-20 in the 2012 season finale by scoring four consecutive return touchdowns without its offense touching the ball. Zach Brown returned an interception 79 yards for a score to start the spree and ended it with a 30-yard return for a TD in the third quarter. In between, former Titans return specialist scored on punt returns of 69 and 81 yards.
The Titans were pleased to rush last week for a season-high 198 yards on 35 carries, including 150 yards and two touchdowns by Chris Johnson, who is a FedEx Ground Player of the Week Nominee for Week 9 (vote here). Tennessee wants to keep building its rushing stats and believes Shonn Greene, who had nine carries, 38 yards, one TD and one catch for 28 yards, in his most action this season will help with that. Greene appears to have recovered from the knee injury he suffered in the season-opener.
Tennessee’s has held five of eight opponents to 21 points or less this season. Alterraun Verner has four interceptions, and Jurrell Casey has a team-best six sacks.
Jacksonville is in transition under first-year head coach Gus Bradley, who spent the past four seasons as Seattle’s defensive coordinator. The Jaguars still have Maurice Jones-Drew at running back, but recently suspended 2012 first-round pick WR Justin Blackmon. Chad Henne, who started both games against Tennessee last season, has started five of the eight games this season, and 2011 first-round pick Blaine Gabbert has started three games.
Former Titans Sen’Derrick Marks and Jason Babin each have two sacks to lead the Jaguars.
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