Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, November 16, 2008, 4:15pm EST
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Records: Tennessee 9-0, Jacksonville 4-5
Series history: Titans lead, 15-12. Last meeting Titans won 17-10 on opening day.
Tennessee offense 22nd overall (27th passing, 6th rushing); Scoring- 10th – 24.4 ppg. vs. Jacksonville defense 16th overall (17th passing, 20th rushing); Scoring- 12th- 20.7 ppg.
The Titans offense is predicated on a strong running game with some timely play-action passing when everything is going well. Although their offensive line is one of the league's best, they are led by journeyman Kerry Collins, who has played very well.
Tennessee has a wealth of talent at running back with LenDale White, who is a powerful, yet nimble back that can run between the tackles; First-round pick Chris Johnson has blazing speed, and some experts compare his abilities to Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook; Former second-round pick Chris Henry has struggled since coming into the league, but he has speed and power.
The passing game is where it gets dicey for the Titans. Collins will make due with a lack of talent at wide receiver. Justin Gage may be the Titans best returning wide receiver along with Justin McCareins, and Brandon Jones. The Titans use the tight ends in the passing game as Bo Scaife and Alge Crumpler are solid targets.
Best offensive matchup for Tennessee: Titans offensive line vs. Jaguars defensive line- The Titans have pushed the Jaguars around in two out of their last three meetings, and should do the same on Sunday.
Best defensive matchup for Jacksonville: Rashean Mathis vs. Justin Gage- The Jaguars best corner has a distinct advantage against the Titans best wide receiver.
Jacksonville offense 18th overall (17th passing, 14th rushing); Scoring- 17th 22.0 ppg. vs. Tennessee defense 5th overall (12th passing, 8th rushing); Scoring- 1st – 13.0 ppg.
The Jaguars have struggled running the ball of late and Tennessee will be hell-bent on stopping the run. The Titans will likely force the game on David Garrard's arm, which has worked well for them in the past.
Attempting to clog up the middle will one of the best DT's in the game in Albert Haynesworth. Along side Haynesworth is the underrated Tony Brown, with pass rushers Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse on the outside.
Tennessee has big play linebacker Keith Bullock along with Ryan Fowler and former Indianapolis Colt, David Thornton. The Titans secondary is very solid, as cornerback Cortland Finnegan is a budding star and Nick Harper is above average. Safeties Chris Hope and Michael Griffin are hard hitters, but vulnerable to play-action.
Best offensive matchup for Jacksonville: Matt Jones vs. Nick Harper- Jones has a major height advantage over Harper, and he should be able to "box him out" over the middle of the field.
Best defensive matchup for Tennessee: Albert Haynesworth vs. Brad Meester- Haynesworth has been so dominant that he's getting MVP consideration, and the interior of the Jaguars offensive line hasn't played up to potential.
Tennessee: PK Rod Bironas, P Craig Hentrich, LS Ken Amato, KOR Chris Henry, PR Cortland Finnegan
Jacksonville: PK Josh Scobee, P Adam Podlesh, LS Joe Zelenka, KOR Brian Witherspoon, PR Brian Witherspoon
Special teams advantage: The Jaguars have a better coverage unit, and the more dangerous return men. Special teams seems to tilt in the Jaguars favor.
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