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First Look: Titans vs. Jaguars

Posted by Craig Peters on November 5, 2013 – 9:30 am

The Titans (4-4) host the Jaguars (0-8) on Nov. 10 at LP Field. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:

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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

Chris Johnson rushed 23 times for a season-best 150 yards and two TDs against St. Louis.

Chris Johnson rushed 23 times for a season-best 150 yards and two TDs against St. Louis.

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)

Series history

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.

Outlook

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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5 Responses to “First Look: Titans vs. Jaguars”

  1. By addicted2football on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    No disrespect to the Jags, but there should be no excuse for us not to mop the floor with them this Sunday. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them become the 2nd team in NFL history to go 0-16.

  2. By Titanman45 on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    The Titans play at home on Sunday, so they should pull this one out. The running game looks good since we replace the center. Lets get this win, so we can prepare for the Colts on Thursday night. Now thats a dangerous game. The refs give the Colts alot of calls.( TRUST ME). GO TITANS

  3. By sportsbachelor on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Titanman…Please stop with the refs…Bad teams blame the refs…But wait, we area bad team…Guess that’s why our fans blame the refs for our mishaps. Good teams make plays and don’t worry about the refs!

  4. By Titanman45 on Nov 7, 2013 | Reply

    Sportsbachelor…Im not sure about the Titans being a bad team. With a 4-4 record you must be out your mind to think that we are a bad team. But ofcourse you sound like the other BAD Titans fans that come on this board with no football IQ.
    Bad fans give up qiuck like Sportsbachelor..maybe changing teams will be a GREAT option for you…GO TITANS.. RUN CJ….RUN…

  5. By Titanslegacy on Nov 8, 2013 | Reply

    @ sportsbachlor I see your point on that blaming the refs is an excuse, but when they teams played last year, the titans miracously received 3 offensive pass interference’s. We had only one other in the ENTIRE season. So its unfair to say were blaming the refs because they tend to make the wrong calls when these two teams face-off. GO TITANS!!!!!!

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