The final week of the NFL season brings divisional matchups across the board, and none may be bigger than the winner-takes-all clash between AFC South foes in Florida. The Tennessee Titans will travel to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, with the winner claiming the division title and a spot in the playoffs, while the loser will have to start preparing for the offseason.
The Titans enter this game on a six-game losing streak, most recently falling 27-13 at home to the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday. Despite their losing record, the Titans could still take the division title with a win in this matchup. In the loss to Dallas, the Titans fell behind 10-0 early in the second quarter before kicking a couple of field goals to trim the deficit to 10-6 at halftime. The Titans were within 17-13 after three quarters, but were shut out in the final stanza, leading to their defeat. In the game, Tennessee was outgained 361-317 in total offense, allowed 26 first downs while picking up 17, and lost the time of possession battle 33:24 to 26:36. The Titans did force three turnovers, but ultimately fell short.
On the season, the Titans are ranked 30th in the league in passing offense with 171.8 yards per game and 15th in rushing offense, averaging 124 yards per game. Tennessee ranks 28th in the league in scoring offense, averaging 17.6 points per game, and 15th in scoring defense, allowing 21.2 points per game. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has completed 212 of 325 pass attempts for 2,536 yards, 13 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He is also fourth on the team in rushing yards with 98 and has two rushing touchdowns, though he has been sacked 33 times this season. Malik Willis has completed 31 of 61 pass attempts for 276 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions, while also rushing for 123 yards and a touchdown. Joshua Dobbs has completed 20 of 39 pass attempts for 232 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, and has 12 rushing yards. Dobbs will start at quarterback for the Titans in this game. Running back Derrick Henry leads the team with 319 carries for 1,429 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Hassan Haskins has 23 carries for 90 yards, while Dontrell Hilliard has 22 carries for 145 yards. In the passing game, wide receiver Robert Woods leads the team with 49 receptions for 487 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Hooper has 37 catches for 406 yards and two touchdowns, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine has 25 catches for 397 yards and three touchdowns, Henry has 32 catches for 379 yards, Treylon Burks has 29 catches for 425 yards and a touchdown, and Chigoziem Okonkwo has 29 receptions for 408 yards and two touchdowns. Kicker Randy Bullock is perfect on 27 extra point attempts and has converted 14 of 17 field goal attempts with a long of 48. Caleb Shudak made his only extra point attempt and hit three of four field goal attempts with a long of 38, while Josh Lambo has made three of four extra point attempts without attempting a field goal.
Linebacker Myles Jack (ankle) and defensive end Josh Mauro (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. Tight end Tyler Eifert (neck), defensive tackle Taven Bryan (wrist), defensive end Adam Gotsis (shoulder), safety Jarrod Wilson (back), and cornerback Luq Barcoo (shoulder) were all limited in practice. Keep an eye out for updated status reports on these players leading up to kickoff.
This is a crucial matchup for both teams, with the winner taking the division title and a spot in the playoffs, while the loser will have to start preparing for the offseason. The Titans will need a strong performance from their defense and running game to come out on top, while the Jaguars will look to their passing attack and defense to secure the win.
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