Matchups

Jacksonville (5-3) at Tennessee (6-2)

Jacksonville Jaguars Defense
16th Ranked against the Run
26th Ranked against the Pass
Jacksonville Jaguars Offense
5th Ranked in Rushing
25th Ranked in Passing

Tennessee Titans Defense
1st Ranked against the Run
12th Ranked against the Pass
Tennessee Titans Offense
3rd Ranked in Rushing
31st Ranked in Passing

If any team in the NFL exemplifies the old maxim that good defense and a solid running attack wins games, it’s this years Titans. Of course, they really don’t have much other choice in the matter. Tennessee is marginally better at throwing the football than the San Francisco 49ers but that’s not saying much. You can look at the top 40 receivers in the game and check against receptions, yardage and touchdowns; you will not find a single receiver from the Titans on the list. Tennessee has 15 touchdowns this year which in itself is puzzling for a team that is 6-2 but what’s more difficult to believe is that only 3 of them have gone to Titans receivers.

Titans running back LenDale White has the most touchdowns (5) of any player on the Tennessee offense, and with only 2 rushing TD’s quarterback Vince Young has visited the end zone more than any other player on the team other than White. Starting to wonder where Tennessee is finding enough points to stay only one game behind a Colts team that would shock the nation if they didn’t get a bye week in the playoffs? Well let me enlighten you – his name is Rob Bironas. With 20 successful field goals the Titan’s kicker has scored more points than any other kicker in the league.

Jacksonville has an inexperienced quarterback in Quinn Gray who probably won’t be putting on a large scale air assault against Tennessee’s stingy pass defense, and although Jaguars running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew have both gained decent yardage this year they only have 4 touchdowns between them. At home the Jaguars might have more of an edge; on the road they will probably fall to the Titans.

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