Jaguars / Titans: Weekly Notes

Notes from the week leading up to the Jaguars vs. Titans matchup

    26th meeting. The Titans lead the series, 14-11, and have won eight of the last 12 meetings. The Titans also beat the Jaguars in the 1999 AFC title game in their only playoff meeting. The Titans beat the Jaguars three times that year when the Jaguars went 15-3. In the first meeting this season in the season opener, the Titans won when they rushed for 282 yards.

    If the Jaguars are to spring an upset in Tennessee, a major factor will be how the defense plays. In the first game, the Titans ran the ball for 282 yards and held the ball for 36:55 in a 13-10 victory.

    The Jaguars never got a chance to get their offense in rhythm, but Garrard feels they showed they can do some things against the Titans defense.

    "Looking at the film, we did a lot of great things from the very start of the game. Hitting that skinny post (for a 47-yard touchdown pass to rookie John Broussard) was just huge. First of all, that's a hard pass to throw and then doing it on your first (touchdown) pass of the season meant a lot. "I just know offensively, whether it's me or Quinn, we're going to be able to do our job offensively. And I know the defense is already chomping at the bit to get back out there and make amends for the first game," Garrard said.

    "Albert Haynesworth might be the most dominant player in the league." -- Coach Jack Del Rio, on the Titans defensive lineman.

    --G Dennis Norman missed practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury.

    --DT John Henderson missed practice Wednesday for personal reasons.

    --QB David Garrard practiced on a limited basis Wednesday for the first time since he suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Colts 16 days ago.

    --K Josh Scobee, who hasn't kicked since the opener when he strained a quad muscle, returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis.

    --TE Marcedes Lewis practiced on a limited basis with a knee injury.

    --DE Brent Hawkins practiced on a limited basis Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

    --TE Greg Estandia practiced on a limited basis Wednesday with a foot injury.

    This is a game that matches two teams that like to run the ball. A week ago, they both won even though Quinn Gray completed only seven passis for the Jaguars against Tampa Bay and Vince Young completed only six against Oakland. In the first game, the Titans dominated by running for 282 yards, the most the Jaguars have ever given up. Although the Jaguars still hope that Garrard can return this week, the team that runs the ball the best is likely to win.

    The Titans will do everything they can to slow running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew and try to put the game in the hands of Quinn Gray, the expected starter at quarterback. If Tennessee can slow the rushing attack and get any heat on Gray, they like their chances with their secondary against middling receivers. Offensively, they'll need to show they can run again on the Jags after tearing them up on opening day. In that win, the Titans spread the field with three and four wide receivers and then ran into open spaces. Will they try it again or do something different? If Jacksonville can put the game on Young's shoulders, the Jaguars will like their chances as he's played poorly against them in three starts, thought the Titans have gone 2-1 in those games.

    The key questions are whether Norman and Garrard can play. Norman, who would replace Chris Naeole, who's out for the year, didn't practice with a shoulder injury. And Garrard practiced on a limited basis for the first time since he suffered a high-ankle sprain 16 days ago. If Norman can't go, Mo Williams, Tutan Reyes or rookie Uche Nwaneri will get the call.

    The Titans could wait one more week on Brown (ankle) though he went through a full practice Wednesday. LaBoy could miss the Jags game depending on how a mild concussion clears up. Haynesworth (hamstring) said he expects to play. White (toe) and linebacker Ryan Fowler (shin) should be good to go.

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