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Jaguars vs. Titans is the most important game in years

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The Jaguars are 3-6. They lost one of their best players to injured reserve. And they're playing their most important game since 2010.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are hosting the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football this week. They're 3-6, they're underperforming, and they're led by a coach I thought would have been fired by now.

They're also playing their most important game since 2010.

The AFC South is in shambles as we approach Week 11. They're the only division in football with a winner who has a losing record, and the current leaders will be without Andrew Luck for weeks.

That means this Jaguars team is one game out of the division lead and have a chance to match the four-win Colts and Texans against a hapless Titans team led by Mike Mularkey.

And it's been since 2010 that the Jaguars were playing meaningful football this late in the season. That year, the Colts were 6-3 coming into Week 11. The Jaguars were 4-5. But that year, they rattled off four wins in their next five games and put themselves in a position to win the division.

A late-season loss to the Colts derailed any hopes this team had.

But here we are... five years later and we're in a similar position. We trail the Colts by a game or two, we have a chance to get even, and there's a late-season matchup to look forward to in Jacksonville in a few weeks that could very well seal the AFC South's fate.

Mix in a nationally televised game, new uniforms, an offense that is on pace to break all sorts of franchise records, a defense playing far better than it should be and you've got a recipe for one badass environment at EverBank Field.

Hydrate today. Take a nap if you need to. Because this morning we woke to the biggest game this team has played in years.