Game Snapshot: Jacksonville at Tennessee

Game Snapshot of the Jaguars / Titans matchup from Scout.com

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

GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET

GAMEDATE: 11/11/07

SURFACE: Grass

TV: CBS, Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

SERIES: 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.

PREDICTION: Titans 19-16

KEYS TO THE GAME: Jaguars QB David Garrard said he won't try "to be a hero," and will only play if he feels his ankle is strong enough. Jacksonville's game plan will focus on the ground game to avoid a repeat of the 13:50 disparity in time of possession in the first meeting, but Garrard's mere presence would force the Titans to respect the passing game more. The Titans have 12 sacks the past two games, so Garrard best be able to move if he tries to play. ... The Titans methodically wore down the Jaguars by rushing for 282 yards in the first meeting, and the plan won't vary much in the rematch. With QB Vince Young throwing his last touchdown pass on Sept. 24 and owning a career 43.5 passer rating against Jacksonville, Tennessee knows the Jaguars will throw everything they have into run defense. The Jaguars are counting on DT Grady Jackson to plug the middle in place of suspended Marcus Stroud.

KEY INJURIES: Jaguars: Garrard (ankle) will play if his ankle responds well to practice; OG Dennis Norman (shoulder) is uncertain. Titans: RB Chris Brown (ankle sprain) is practicing but remains uncertain; White (toe) and DT Albert Haynesworth (hamstring) have been limited in practice but will play; DE Travis LaBoy (concussion) is uncertain; FB Ahmard Hall (arm) is out.

FAST FACTS: Jaguars RB Fred Taylor needs 13 rushing yards to become the 21st NFL player to reach 10,000 for his career. ... The Titans have not allowed a touchdown in 17 possessions following their turnovers this season.

PERSONNEL NEWS:
Jaguars:

    --DT John Henderson left practice on a cart, but the Jaguars listed him as limited in team practice because of a team decision, which is supposed to mean he's not hurt.

    --QB David Garrard was limited in practice Thursday for the second consecutive day, but he said his ankle isn't bothering him.

    --G Dennis Norman was limited in practice Thursday with a shoulder injury and if he can't go, Mo Williams is likely to start in his spot.

    --TE Greg Estandia was limited in practice with a foot injury Thursday.

    --DE Brent Hawkins was limited in practice Thursday with a hamstring injury.

    --TE Marcedes Lewis was listed as limited in practice Thursday with a knee injury.

Titans:
    --QB Vince Young is not on the injury report and indications are the strained quad that slowed him is behind him now. The Jaguars will try to put as much as they can on his shoulders and the Titans need him to make more plays than he has in recent weeks.

    --RB LenDale White has rushed for 100 yard or more for three games in a row, but in the season opener against the Jaguars he only had 66 yards on 18 carries and it was Chris Brown who had the big game.

    --RB Chris Brown (ankle) went through a full practice on Wednesday but was limited Thursday. He could miss his fourth game in a row as the Titans go with Chris Henry for one more week, then see him withdraw an appeal and begin to serve a four-game league suspension for a violation of the league's policy on steroids and related banned substances.

    --RB Chris Henry is likely to play against the Jaguars. He has appealed a four-game league suspension for a violation of the league's policy on steroids and related banned substances. The Titans could give Chris Brown one more week to recover from an ankle injury, and then be ready to go a stretch without Henry.

    --FB Ahmard Hall (arm) will miss his third consecutive game. He was not a uge factor in the Titans big rushing day in the season opener against the Jaguars, as they used three or four receivers on the bulk of their offensive plays.

    --DT Albert Haynesworth (hamstring) missed practice for the second day in a row Thursday but said he fully expects to play Sunday against the Jaguars.

    --RG Benji Olson needed extra time for his back to recover this week and had Wednesday and Thursday off but said he expects to practice Friday.


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