Jaguars @ Titans Game Preview II

Final game preview for the Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans matchup

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans

Sunday, November 11, 2007, 1:00 p.m.

LP Field, Nashville, TN

Kickoff Temperature: 68 degrees

Line: Titans by 4

Series Notes:

    This is the 26th regular season meeting between the two teams, with Tennessee holding a 14-11 edge. Last meeting was on opening day when the Titans defeated the Jaguars 13-10, behind a rushing attack that pounded out 282 yards on the ground, which was a franchise record.

Five most important things for the Jaguars:

    1. Show them what you're made of. On opening day, the Titans came into Jacksonville as a heavy underdog and the Jaguars run defense was little more than a speed bump en route to a record setting performance. The Jaguars need to man up and match the Titans physical play, and that will begin with stopping the run.

    2. Throw the football successfully. The Titans are number one in the NFL against the run, and the Jaguars will have to air it out early on to set up the run.

    3. Win special teams. A big special teams play will be a must if the Jaguars are going to win in Nashville.

    4. Get started early. Tennessee has scored first in five of their six victories this season, and have lost two of the three games that their opponent has drawn first blood. If the Jaguars can get an early lead, they stand a much better chance of being victorious.

    5. Win first and second downs on defense. The Titans don't have the passing game to convert on many third and longs, and if the Jaguars can keep them in third and more than seven, the Jaguars defense should be able to get off the field.

What to look for:

    1. The streak to be snapped. The Jaguars have allowed a 100-yard receiver in the last six games, and that streak should end on Sunday.

    2. Look for a big fat dose of LenDale White. White has became the Titans featured back and without Marcus Stroud, the Titans will likely try to attack the Jaguars right up the middle.

    3. Look for Fred Taylor's milestone to energize the team. Fred Taylor is 13 yards away from 10,000 for his career and he will likely reach that number early in the game. The Jaguars need to rally around something, and this should be just what the doctor ordered.

    4. Look for a low-scoring affair. The Titans don't allow many points, and the Jaguars defense will learn from what happened to them on September 9th. 14 points could win it.

    5. Look for a trick play from the Titans. Coach Fisher is always ready to roll the dice on trick plays, and there's no one he loves to do it against more than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Look for a halfback option, double reverse, or some kind of fake kick.

Meaningless prediction:

    Nobody knows who will be quarterback for the Jaguars, and I don't know what to expect from a healthy Quinn Gray or still injured David Garrard against the very difficult Titans defense. One thing I know for sure is that the Titans will not rush for half of the total that they had on opening day. As for the game, the Jaguars need to win in a huge way, and Tennessee has had a history of crushing the Jaguars playoff and Super Bowl hopes. I think they do it again. Final score: Titans 16, Jaguars 13

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of, and a regular syndicated contributor to, Sirius NFL Radio, MySpace Sports and Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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