Jags Must Respond Better Following Bye

The Jaguars should be facing one of their easiest assignments of the year in Tennessee on Nov. 1 when they come off their bye week.

They play a Titans team they whipped 37-17 on Oct. 4, and they match up well against Tennessee.

The Titans have problems stopping the pass and were shredded by the Jaguars' improved passing game in the first contest. David Garrard threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns.

The Titans' strength is running the ball, but the Jaguars' strength on defense is stopping the run. And once they got ahead of the Titans 27-0 at halftime, the Titans couldn't run.

The teams that give the Jaguars trouble are teams with good quarterbacks that can exploit their porous pass defense, which is ranked 30th in the league. But Kerry Collins is struggling, and even though he passed 48 times for 284 yards against the Jaguars, he threw two interceptions.

Despite all that, the Jaguars are wary of the Titans. It's a division game, it's a road game and the Titans have a long history of thwarting the Jaguars, dating back to 1999, when they went 15-3 and lost all three games to the Titans.

So the Jaguars don't figure to get caught overlooking this game.

If they need a reminder, they were 3-3 at the bye last year and promptly lost to the Browns and Bengals.


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