MoJo Talks Titans

The Jaguars know what's on the line this weekend against the undefeated Tennessee Titans. It would be nice for the home team to add a "-1" to their rivals from Nashville's perfect record, but more so to get themselves back in the playoff race. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew knows what to expect when the Jaguars take on the top scoring defense in all of the NFL. Here's what he said...

"Obviously, this is a rivalry game," Jones-Drew said. "We know them, they know us. It is going to be a tough game. It is going to be fun to go out there play against guys that you play twice a year; you hang out with during the offseason a little bit. Guys that I grew up with are on that team so it is going to be fun."

The first game this season against the Titans was anything but fun for the Jags. Tennessee's stout defensive line pushed around the Jacksonville offensive line, and neither the running game nor passing game could get much of anything accomplished.

"We have not run the ball that well since we have played them," the Jaguars running back explained. "We have had a couple of games here and there but it has all been sporadic and has not been too consistent. Hopefully, we can try to get it going again."

The Jaguars took a hit to the offensive game in that season opener against Tennessee as they ended up losing both guard Vince Manuwai and guard Maurice Williams for the season. To make matters worse, the team already had starting center Brad Meester out and backup guard Uche Nwaneri suffered a sprained knee during the game. Those losses combined with the ultra-physical Titans defensive line made running the ball a near impossibility. So much so that the team abandoned the run early, something that Jones-Drew disagreed with—

"We should never be abandoning anything, if it is the running or the pass game. They both complement each other well. That is how you become a balanced offense; that is why some of the best offenses are balanced offenses. I think we have to be able to be consistent with both of them and put together some drives and put up points."

A victory over the Titans could turn the Jaguars disappointing season around, as it would give them a confidence boost to call on for the rest of the year.

"I think any win right now would mean a lot to us," Jones-Drew said. "We are sitting at 4-5 right now. The Titans have been tough for us and a lot of people jumped off the band wagon. We are going to have to do our job and try to fill that thing back up."

A victory on Sunday may just put some more fans in the seats not only on the bandwagon, but at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

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