The Titans (5-9) visit the Jaguars (4-10) on Dec. 22 at EverBank Field. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:
Tennessee fell 37-34 in overtime against Arizona last week in a game that eliminated it from postseason contention. The Titans scored 17 points in the final 3:12 of regulation to tie the game against the Cardinals but lost in overtime. Ryan Fitzpatrick set career highs in completions (36), attempts (58) and yards (402) and tied a career high with four touchdown passes, and Kendall Wright led receivers with career highs of 12 catches for 150 yards to go over 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his two-year career. The Jaguars lost 27-20 to the Bills Sunday but have won four of six in a stretch that began Nov. 10 at Tennessee.
Team stat comparisons
Tennessee’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 21st (338.1)
Rushing Yards/Game: 20th (111.5)
Passing Yards/Game: 21st (226.6)
Turnover Ratio: Minus-3 (tied for 18th in NFL)
Jacksonville’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 28th (381.8)
Rushing Yards/Game: 30th (131.9)
Passing Yards/Game: 19th (249.9)
Points Allowed/Game: tied at 30th (28.5)
Tennessee’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 14th (345)
Rushing Yards/Game: 23rd (119.1)
Passing Yards/Game: 10th (225.9)
Points Allowed/Game: tied at 19th (25.4)
Jacksonville’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 31st (290.1)
Rushing Yards/Game: 29th (82.5)
Passing Yards/Game: 26th (207.6)
Turnover Ratio: Minus-4 (tied for 21st in NFL)
The Titans lead 21-17 (including a 33-14 win in the 1999 AFC Championship game on Jan. 23, 2000 at Jacksonville). The teams have split in each of the past four seasons, with Jacksonville claiming the first matchup and Tennessee taking the second in each of the past two seasons.
The previous meeting
The Titans fell behind 13-0 after a fumble by Chris Johnson on the first play from scrimmage of the game that led to a Jaguars touchdown and a pair of field goals by Josh Scobee, one of which followed an interception. Tennessee also lost Jake Locker for the rest of the season to a Lisfranc injury. Locker tried to play through the pain but was unable to complete a handoff to Chris Johnson a play after the injury, resulting in a fumbled exchange between the QB and Johnson in Jaguars territory. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Locker and helped the Titans score 20 points in the second half, but Will Blackmon blitzed, stripped the QB and returned the ball 21 yards for a touchdown to help Jacksonville win 29-27.
This one is personal to the Titans, who enter the game with five losses in the past six, a streak that began when the teams last met and Tennessee was 4-4. The Titans have been unable to recover from that game in the win column but want to finish the season with a fight. After allowing 28 or more points in six of their first eight games, the Jaguars have allowed 28 points one time in their past six. Jacksonville was outscored 264-86 in its first eight games, but has played even (135 to 135) in its past six.
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