The 5 -9 Tennessee Titans will travel to Jacksonville, Florida to face the 4-10 Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday in a game that is extremely important for the Titans coaching staff to win. The Titans let one get away from them in Week 10 when they let the Jaguars beat them on home. The Titans turned the ball over 4 times with 3 fumbles and 1 interception. Ryan Fitzpatrick also lost fumble for a Jaguars touchdown.
To say the Jaguars have struggled this year would be an understatement but they have played much better down the stretch. Sadly, you cannot say the same for the Titans. These two teams on the surface may not have more to play for than pride, but for the Titans it may go a bit deeper. The Titans really need to win their last 2 games to increase head coach Mike Munchak’s chances of retaining his job.
Both teams have some injuries but for the Jaguars the injury situation is clearly much worse. Maurice Jones-Drew will be a game time decision and may get limited snaps even if he plays. Linebacker Geno Hayes is also questionable with a knee injury. They have already lost OT Luke Joeckel, WR Justin Blackmon, WR Cecil Shorts and released DE Jeremy Mincey.
For the Titans, they just placed underrated nickel back Coty Sensabaugh on injured reserve and signed 2013 6th round draft pick Khalid Wooten to the active list. He and 3rd round pick Blidi Wreh-Wilson are surely bound to see time playing that slot position as well as active on special teams.
Also for the Titans, right tackle David Stewart, who has been dinged up all year, is questionable and really shouldn’t play. I would like to see Byron Stingily, who replaced him last year, get some playing time. The Titans need to see what they have there and he played well when given the chance. Given his contract situation, Stewart is surely gone after this season.
The keys to this game are really simple. The Titans need to run the ball and stop the run, neither of which they have done very well this year. In perhaps my most obvious statement of the year, they can’t turn the ball over like they did in the first matchup. Finally, they need to limit the penalties and play mistake free.
Bill Vinovich and his crew will referee the game. The game will start at noon CST at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida and will be broadcast locally on CBS Sports. Andrew Catalon and Adam Archuleta will be calling the game. You can listen live on Sirius XM Radio and via Titans Radio. The Titans are currently favored by 5 by Vegas.
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