|Tennessee Titans (9-0)||GAME #10||
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-5)
|Date:||November 16, 2008||Location:||Jacksonville, FL
|Time:||4:15 p.m. ET
||High 65, Clear
|SBN Coverage:||Music City Miracles||Coverage Map
|Final Score:||Tennessee Titans - ?? :: Jacksonville Jaguars - ??|
The Jaguars and the Titans have a long history together. Their first game was against the then Houston Oilers, and their first win came in the Astrodome. I won't bother recounting the 1999 season. Week 1 seems almost a lifetime away. The Jaguars were seen as the ascending team in the AFC heading to the Super Bowl while the Titans were something of an after though. Who would have thought the roles these teams would play in the rematch? Simply put, this is the Jaguar's "Super Bowl" at this point. The playoffs are a fools dream and hey, let's at least ruin our rivals chance at history.
What to watch for: Jacksonville Jaguars
1. Daryl Smith: Ladies and Gentleman, I give you our new starting middle linebacker for the foreseeable future. He played lights out against the Lions, and he'll need to keep Chris Johnson and Lendale White at bay.
2. David Garrard: Is there anything more I can say about him right now?
3. Maurice Jones-Drew and Greg Jones: I called it somewhat last week. Expect more of the same with Fred getting a lesser workload and MJD and Greg getting the bulk of the carries.
4. The O-line interior: Albert Haynesworth is having an MVP worthy season right now. They have to keep him at bay so Garrard is running for his life and MJD is swallowed at the line.
5. Pass Rush: It's Kerry Collins under center, not Johnny Unitas. If we get some pressure Rashean might be seeing a Pick 6.
Things to watch for: Tennessee Titans
1. Kerry Collins: He showed he could bail the Titans out of a rut last week. If the Jags can stop the run again, can he prove he's a worthy starter?
2. Chris Johnson: A rookie of the year candidate, he shredded the Jaguars D week one. The Jaguars will have to contain him if they have a shot at winning.
3. Injuries: Looking at the injury report shows alot of key players were held out of practice. Rust or further strain could be in the Jaguars favor.
4. Keith Bullock: Just look and think, wow we could have drafted him instead of R. Jay Soward.
5. Pressure: 9-0 is usually where the cracking begins for undefeated teams. Each win begins to add pressure. Can Jeff Fisher keep his team composed?
Player On the Hotseat:
David Garrard, QB, Jacksonville
Simply put, the Jaguars have lived and died with him this season. I'm not sold on the fact the Jags D can keep Johnson and White from making a few big runs, and the Jags will surely need to answer score for score.