Thorns In Their Side

If the Jaguars are playing a pivotal game, it is not surprising if Jeff Fisher is on the opposite sideline trying to ruin their season.



If the Jaguars are playing a pivotal game, it is not surprising if Jeff Fisher is on the opposite sideline trying to ruin their season.

That was the case in 1999 when the Jaguars went 14-3 with all three losses at the hands of the Titans, including the AFC title game in Jacksonville.

The Titans won and went to the Super Bowl where Fisher taunted the Jaguars by suggesting that their stadium was one of the Titans' home fields.

But that wasn't the last time that Fisher's teams have dealt a critical loss to the Jaguars.

In 2002, the Jaguars went to Tennessee with a 3-1 record, but Mark Brunell suffered a concussion in a 23-14 loss to the Titans. The loss started a four-game losing streak and the Jaguars finished 6-10 and Tom Coughlin was fired.

In 2004, they were 6-3 and a loss to Tennessee started a three-game losing streak and they finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs.

In 2006, they were 8-5 and a loss to Tennessee started a three-game losing streak and they finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

In 2008, they were 4-5 and lost to Tennessee and wound up losing six of their last seven and finished 5-11.

So that is why the Jaguars are wary because the Titans are coming to town Monday night. Both teams are 3-2 and in a four-way tie for the division lead.

This is a pivotal game for the Jaguars and they know they will be 4-2 and still in first place if they win. A loss drops them to 3-3 and they'll be chasing again -- which is why the Jaguars call it a rivalry game.

"This is my eighth year so it was before me when the love-hate relationship developed. It's been that way since I've been here," said veteran Rashean Mathis.

"It's big because right now we're tied for first place in our division. This game right here could set us apart from that. We have to understand and know that as a ball club and know what this win does as a division game. This could put us where we want to be in our division," Mathis added.

SERIES HISTORY: 31st regular-season meeting. Titans lead series, 17-13, and also won the only playoff game between the two teams in the 1999 AFC Championship. The Titans also have won five of the last seven games but they split last year with each team winning at home. The Jaguars won 37-17 in Jacksonville and the Titans won 30-13 in Nashville. The Titans were the Oilers and played in Houston when they first met in 1995 and the two teams also played a game in Memphis in 1997


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