|Date:||October 18th, 2010
|Time:||1:00 PM EST
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December is finally here. With the drop in temperatures comes increased expectations across the NFL. For the teams in the AFC South, the lone expectation is to win the division. In a year when the Colts have regressed back to the pack, it seems every team has a legit chance to win the division.
For the Jaguars, their division titles hopes begin Sunday in Nashville. A win most likely sets up a winner take all game in two weeks in Indianapolis. A loss and the Jaguars will need to win out and probably need to do some scoreboard watching.
Jaguars Offense vs Titans Defense
The Jaguars have struggled mightily vs Tennessee's defense as of late. Take away MJD's two long TD runs last year in Nashville and the Jaguars have only managed 419 yards on 110 offensive plays (3.8 yards per play) in their last two games vs Tennessee.
With Mike Sims-Walker now out, the Jaguars will be without one of their primary weapons vs Tennessee. With "Bad" David having shown up the last two weeks, hopefully Garrard can have a mistake free game on Sunday.
The biggest difference between the Monday Night Massacre earlier in the year is that the Jaguars will have a healthy Maurice Jones-Drew at their disposable. Everyone remembers his two huge runs vs Tennessee in Nashville, but he was relatively bottled up the rest of the game.
Jaguars Defense vs Titans Offense
Many people saw the Texans shout out Tennessee and penciled in a win for Jacksonville. However, the offense that suited up vs Houston and the one the Jaguars will have to face will be almost nothing alike.
Instead of getting Rusty Smith at QB, old nemesis Kerry Collins gets another chance to torture the Jaguars. In addition, Kenny Britt returns to the line up at WR. Nevermind that guy named Randy Moss. In short, for a Jaguars pass defense that has struggled mightily at points, they'll have to find something down deep to keep this from getting ugly.
Chris Johnson was kept relatively in check last time, but everyone knows the kind of plays he's capable of. Last year's game in Nashville was when Johnson made Reggie Nelson, along with almost every other Jags defender, look silly in every way possible.
Coaching and Intangibles
This may well end up being the last time the Jaguars face off against Jeff Fisher. Depending on how Bud Adams handles the Fisher vs Young situation, the Titans may end up looking for a new coach.
Player on the Hot Seat
David Garrard, QB
After two "Bad" David games, Garrard has to once again turn the dial to "Good" David. Having a healthy MJD means nothing if Tennessee won't respect the passing game. After several nightmare games in Nashville, it's time for David to finally get a W
Everything seems to be pointing in favor of Tennessee, but that's how it's been all year for the Jaguars.