TENNESSEE TITANS (5-6) vs. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (6-5)
Noon (CST), Sunday
LP Field, Nashville
TV: CBS (Comcast, Ch. 5) Radio: WGFX-FM 104.5
About the Titans:
• After winning the turnover battle six times in the first eight weeks they have up on the wrong side of the last three. Their minus-6 over that stretch has dropped them to even in turnovers for the season.
• Despite having missed the previous three games with injury, wide receiver Kenny Britt still leads the team with seven touchdown receptions on the season. Britt, who has practiced this week, had one touchdown catch in the season’s first meeting with Jacksonville.
• Defensive end William Hayes became the 10th different player to record a sack when he got one against Houston last Sunday. With 32 sacks on the season, they are tied for second in the NFL, one behind San Diego, and have equaled their total for all of 2009.
• They have just three touchdown passes during the current four-game losing streak. Quarterback Kerry Collins needs three touchdown passes to reach 200 for his career.
About the Jaguars:
• They have been minus-3 or worse in turnover ratio five times this season, including minus-5 two weeks ago against Cleveland, a game they won nonetheless. They are an NFL-worst minus-13 in turnover ratio for the season.
• Tight end Marcedes Lewis has eight touchdown receptions on the season, tied for the second-highest total in Jacksonville history and two shy of the team record. That’s also one more than he had in his first four NFL seasons combined.
• They have 20 sacks for the season, which already surpasses their total for all of 2009 (14). They have had three or more sacks four times, including a season-high six against Cleveland.
• They are 6-0 this season when quarterback David Garrard throws two or more touchdown passes in a game. Garrard has 17 touchdown passes on the season, three short of the frnchise record.
Something to consider
• This game is a matchup of two of the FC’s top four rushers – Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew is third with 991 and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson is fourth with 973 – and two of the NFL’s top 11 rushing offenses. The team with the most rushing yards has won the last four meetings.
• Tennessee’s Marc Mariani is the NFL’s leader in punt return average at 16.6 and has returned one 17 yards or more in four of the last five games, but the Jaguars led the NFL in punt return average allowed last season and are among the top 10 thus far in 2010.
• The Titans are 1-1 in the division with their one victory thus far against the Jaguars. Jacksonville is 2-1 in the division and is looking to win three of its first four for the first time since 1999.
If ever there was a time for Randy Moss to make an impact this is it. The Titans will struggle once again to run the ball, and Moss as a good history against the Jaguars (five touchdowns in four career games). Plus, he’ll have Collins throwing the ball to him.
The problem is that Jacksonville’s pass defense is much improved in recent weeks and it’s offense is well-equipped to work the clock and limit the chance for Moss and the rest of the Tennessee offense.
In short, expect a low-scoring game in which one ill-timed turnover – probably on a ball intended for Moss – makes the difference.
Jacksonville 16, Tennessee 14