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Everyone Loves the Titans
Jaguars fans will have to embrace something that will feel completely and utterly unnatural this evening. They will have to cheer for the Tennessee Titans. The last-place Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field tonight and a Colts loss would allow the Jaguars to win three of their final four games without having to defeat Indianapolis.
The Jaguars still control their own destiny in terms of securing their first AFC South title, but so do the Colts. If Indianapolis wins their remaining four games, they will win the tie break over Jacksonville due to a better record against common opponents.
If the Jaguars defeat the Colts, it would take a monumental collapse to keep Jacksonville from hosting it's first playoff game since the AFC Championship in January of 2000.
"I think you get what you earn," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said. "I think that teams that earn it around the league get it and we're sitting here with an opportunity to fight for the things we'd like to have; it's right there in front of us."
It Should be Personal for Morrison
Anytime a person is "dumped," the natural reaction after getting over the initial shock of the situation is to vow to show the former partner that you're better off. Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison was "dumped" by the Oakland Raiders in favor of a younger, "prettier" player in first-round draft pick Rolando McClain.
"I'm not even thinking about all that stuff right now," Morrison said. "I put that stuff all away."
Morrison, the former San Diego State Aztec has tallied 59 tackles with the Jaguars and has started each of the team's 12 games. Out in Oakland, McClain has helped fuel the Raiders defensive resurgence as he leads his linebacking corps with 64 stops.
"There was an adjustment period," Morrison said when asked about his transition from the Raiders scheme to the Jaguars. "I'm starting to hit a groove. The last few weeks, I finally understand everything. I was just scratching the surface of what I can get done with this defense."
If the Jaguars win on Sunday that would drop Oakland to 6-7 and they can all but put a fork in any playoff hopes the Raiders would have for this season.
"We want to go out and win this game more for what we're trying to accomplish, not about where I played at before or going against my old team," Morrison said. "It is nothing about that anymore. The thing I'm preaching all week long is it just happens to be the Raiders. I don't care who it was this week. We've got to get a win."
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