|November 1st, 2009
|4:05 PM EST
|Mid 50's, no chance of rain
|Music City Miracles
The Jaguars have played the Oilers/Titans more than any other franchise. Sunday's game will be the 31st meeting between the two teams, with the Titans holding a 17-13 advantage. The Jaguars first regular season game and first win (Week 5) came against the Houston Oilers. Fred Taylor broke 10,000 career rushing yards in 2007 against the Titans. A win on Sunday would give the Jaguars their first sweep of the Titans since 2005.
This could be a special game because it may be the last time the Jaguars go up against the most hated man in Jacksonville, Jeff Fisher. Between the Titans 0-6 start and Jerseygate, the Titans' head man may well be heading to the unemployment line after this season.
However, he would like nothing better than to add one last feather in his cap against the Jaguars. A win here at least begins to quiet the lynch mob in Nashville and most likely takes the Jaguars season down with him. However, has the team quit on him?
My thoughts concerning Jack Del Rio can be read here.
5 Things To Look For
1. The Vince Young Effect: How will the Titans former franchise quarterback react to once again being handed the reigns of the offense? Young was never a dominant player and was easy to shake. If things go south early for Young, expect another long day for the Titans.
2. Derek Cox: Rashean Mathis may not play against the Titans because of a finger injury. If that is the case, then Derek Cox will become the #1 corner on Sunday. While he won't be going against Tom Brady, it will be interesting to see how Cox reacts if he is forced to become the man in the secondary.
3. Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton: The rookie tackle tandem have been progressing nicely so far this season. However, both missed the Week 4 game against the Titans. While Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch aren't the feared pass rushers they once were, it will still provide a quality test for Monroe and Britton.
4.Maurice Jones-Drew: Jones-Drew was largely absent in the Titans game, even before the Jaguars pulled away. With a Titans defense that will most likely be worried about giving up the big play through the air, look for Jones-Drew to get quality carries, especially early.
5. Chris Johnson: The only time I wasn't sure the Jags would win in Week 4 was when the Titans started giving it to Chris Johnson consistently. With Vince Young making his first start in over a year, it would be logical that the TItans would lean heavily on their star running back.
Player On The Hot Seat
Vince Young, QB, Tennessee
Did you think I would pick anyone else? The weight of the world will be on Young's shoulders on Sunday, and we've seen how he's reacted in these situations since becoming a pro. He'll have to start fast or this one could be uglier than the game in Jacksonville.
Tennessee Titans 17
A close game through the first three quarters, Vince Young throws a pick six to Derek Cox to open up the 4th quarter and make it 24-14 Jaguars. The Titans get a field goal on their next drive, only for MJD to drive the steak in their hearts scoring a touchdown with two minutes left.