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Tennessee Titans (4-4) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)
Sunday, November 10th, 2013 | Noon CST
Nashville, TN – This week the Tennessee Titans (4-4) play their first of two consecutive home games against an AFC South rival, welcoming the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) to LP Field (capacity 69,143). Kickoff in the is scheduled for noon CST on Sunday, November 10th.
The Jaguars are the Titans’ longest-standing division rival. In 37 all-time meetings, including playoffs,
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and game day host Larry Stone.
Last Week at St. Louis Rams
The Titans returned from their bye last week with a trip to face the Rams in St. Louis. On a day in which the two clubs combined for 67 rushing attempts for 358 yards, Titans running back Chris Johnson stole the spotlight with 23 carries for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Shonn Greene, in his most significant action since joining the Titans as an offseason free-agent acquisition, added nine carries for 38 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Jake Locker rushed three times for 10 yards and a touchdown. The team’s 198 rushing yards were the most since a 202-yard rushing performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 27th, 2011.
Johnson’s yardage total from the game ranks ninth in his six-year career, and he recorded two touchdowns for the 14th time. With 52 total career touchdowns (rushing and receiving), he moved past Charlie Hennigan (51) for third place on the franchise’s all-time touchdowns list.
Tennessee’s biggest defensive play of the day was made by Jurrell Casey. In the fourth quarter, with the score knotted 21-21, Casey recorded his second sack of the game and in the process stripped the ball from quarterback Kellen Clemens. Derrick Morgan recovered for the Titans, leading to Johnson’s game-winning score. Casey leads the defense with six sacks in 2013, which also puts him in a tie with Geno Atkins for second in the NFL among defensive tackles behind the Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Hatcher (seven).
The Jaguars are in their first season under head coach Gus Bradley, who spent the last four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. There, his defensive unit led the NFL in 2012 by allowing only 15.3 points per game. Prior to his time in Seattle, Bradley was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for three years.
Jacksonville’s offense features three-time Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The former second-round pick from UCLA is in his eighth NFL campaign and ranks second in franchise history with 7,659 rushing yards, trailing only Fred Taylor. He is the team’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (65).
Sixth-year veteran quarterback Chad Henne has started five of Jacksonville’s eight games this season, including the three most recent contests. In his second year in Jacksonville, he has completed 132 of 218 passes for 1,450 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions (75.3 passer rating).
Cell Phones For Soldiers Drive
Fans are encouraged to bring their old cellular phones to the Titans-Jaguars game and donate them at collection sites outside of LP Field. The collection will benefit Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit that collects old cell phones, sells them for recycling and then uses the income to purchase prepaid calling cards for U.S. servicemen and women stationed overseas.
“Salute To Service” Military Appreciation
Also, in keeping with the Titans’ long-standing tradition of honoring America’s armed forces, Sunday has been designated as the team’s “Salute to Service” game sponsored by Lend-Lease and LP Building Products. Included in the day’s festivities will be appearances by soldiers from Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division, the Tennessee Army National Guard Band, Charlie Daniels and Lee Greenwood.
Titans-Jaguars Series At A Glance
A Titans Victory Would
What To Look For This Week
DT Jurrell Casey can record his third consecutive game with at least one sack. He would be the first defensive tackle for the team in the “Titans era” (1999-present) to accomplish the feat.
RB Chris Johnson can record his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game and the 35th 100-yard rushing game of his career.
RB Chris Johnson (9,249 career yards from scrimmage) needs 44 scrimmage yards to pass Earl Campbell (9,292) for second place on the team’s all-time list behind only Eddie George (12,153).
RB Chris Johnson needs two more receptions to become the 12th player in franchise history to reach 250 career receptions.
QB Jake Locker (3,950 career passing yards) needs 50 passing yards to reach 4,000 for his career.
TE Delanie Walker (25 receptions) needs four receptions to tie his career high of 29 receptions in a season, set in 2010.
Titans-Jaguars Series History
The Jaguars are the Titans’ longest-standing division rival. The clubs have met at least twice each year since Jacksonville began play as an expansion franchise in 1995. For the first seven seasons of the rivalry they played in the AFC Central, and for the last 11 years they have been members of the AFC South. The teams have met a total of 37 times, with the Titans holding a 21-16 advantage.
The majority of Titans-Jaguars contests have been highly competitive. Overall, 21 of the 37 Titans-Jaguars meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer. The first matchup of 2012, played November 25th at EverBank Field, was no exception. Despite seven sacks by the Titans defense, the Jaguars intercepted two late passes by Jake Locker to preserve a 24-19 victory.
In the rematch at LP Field on December 30th, 2012, the Titans were able to pull away for a 38-20 win. Darius Reynaud scored twice on punt returns, while linebacker Zach Brown added a pair of interception returns for touchdowns.
The stakes of the rivalry were never higher than in 1999, when the Titans and Jaguars met three times, including the AFC Championship Game in Jacksonville. Steve McNair rushed for two touchdowns and Derrick Mason returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown as the Titans earned their first Super Bowl berth with a 33-14 win. Tennessee went on to Super Bowl XXXIV and eventually fell at the hands of the St. Louis Rams, 23-16.
The Jaguars played their first game in franchise history against the then-Houston Oilers on September 3rd, 1995. Playing in Jacksonville, the Oilers won the game by a 10-3 final score.
Titans-Jaguars: The Last Meeting
Jacksonville Jaguars 20 at Tennessee Titans 38
The Titans tied an NFL record with four return touchdowns and defeated the Jaguars 38-20 in the 2012 regular season finale at LP Field.
Darius Reynaud matched a league record with two punt return touchdowns, and linebacker Zach Brown also tied an NFL mark with two touchdowns on interceptions. It was the first time in NFL history a team scored twice on punt returns and twice on interception returns. The only other occasion in NFL history in which a team scored four total touchdowns on returns was November 4th, 1984, when the Seattle Seahawks returned four interceptions for touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Titans’ four return touchdowns all fell between the two-minute warning in the first half and the first three minutes of the second half. It sent them from a 14-7 deficit to a 35-14 lead without their offense ever taking a snap.
Meanwhile, Titans starting quarterback Jake Locker had the luxury of attempting only 15 total passes, completing nine for 152 yards. He avoided throwing an interception.
The Titans began the game with their only offensive touchdown, capping a seven-play, 79-yard drive. Locker connected on passes of 21 yards to Nate Washington and 42 yards to Lavelle Hawkins. That set up a two-yard touchdown run by Chris Johnson.
On the first play of the second quarter, the Jaguars faced a third-and-10 when Henne completed a short pass to Justin Blackmon. Blackmon then broke a pair of tackles and raced to the goal line for a 30-yard touchdown.
The score remained 14-7 in favor of the Jaguars until late in the first half. After an exchange of five total punts between the two teams, the Jaguars were positioned on the Tennessee 25-yard line. Henne dropped back and attempted a pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis, but Brown stepped in front of Lewis to intercept the ball and went 79 yards for the score.
On the ensuing series, the Jaguars were stopped at their own 22-yard line. Bryan Anger’s punt traveled 47 yards to the Tennessee 31, where Reynaud fielded it and then went 69 yards for a touchdown. The Titans took a 21-14 lead into halftime after the second quarter ended with an incomplete pass to the end zone by Henne.
The third quarter opened with a three-and-out forced by the Titans defense, leading to Reynaud’s second consecutive touchdown. Anger booted a 54-yard punt, which was caught by Reynaud at the 19-yard line. He started right, reversed field, and then sprinted down the left
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