There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars splitting a season series. Or at least for the past several years, as the latter part has occurred every season since 2009.
The Jaguars are coming off of a strong, surprising performance against the Houston Texans. Now, the Titans, fresh off of a loss to the Oakland Raiders, will come into Jacksonville — as we learned that the game will stay in Jacksonville on Sunday in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
As we did with the Texans series, let’s take a look at the long history between the Jags and Titans and then dive into the more recent matchups between the two squads.
All-time regular season series record: Titans lead 24-20
Postseason Record: Titans lead 1-0
Last Jaguars win: Dec. 24, 2016 (38-17)
Last Titans win: Oct. 27, 2016 (36-22)
Current Streak: Jaguars with one win
Biggest Jaguars win: 37-7 (Nov. 5, 2006)
Biggest Titans win: 41-14 (Dec. 26, 1999)
Interesting takeaway: The teams have split the season series for the past eight seasons, with the home team winning 12 of those 16 matchups.
Quick thoughts: The home team has dominated lately, winning 75 percent of the time since 2009. The home team also has the slight edge overall, winning 54.5 percent of the regular season matchups — Jaguars with 11 wins and Titans with 13 wins at home. Both Jacksonville and Tennessee have won three games in a row as the hometown squad.
Date: Dec. 24, 2016
Location: Everbank Field
Team Stats: Jacksonville — 345 passing yards, 84 rushing yards, 25 first downs
Tennessee — 223 passing yards, 58 rushing yards, 19 first downs
Quick recap: Sheldon Day sacked Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota in the third quarter of this game, which broke Mariota’s fibula and ended the rest of his 2016 season. The Jaguars dominated this contest and lead the whole way. Blake Bortles lead the charge with an efficient game — 325 yards passing, one touchdown and no interceptions. Even when Mariota was in, this game was never in question.
First 2016 Matchup:
Date: Oct. 27, 2016
Location: Nissan Stadium
Team Stats: Jacksonville — 337 passing yards, 48 rushing yards, 27 first downs
Tennessee — 280 passing yards, 214 rushing yards, 25 first downs
Quick recap: The final score showed a 14-point victory for the Titans, but this game was not at all close. Tennessee lead at one point 27-0, and 36-8 at another point. I remember watching this game on Thursday Night Football and just feeling embarrassed for my squad. The Titans dominated on the ground and in time of possession. Both DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry gashed the Jaguars all over the field. This one was not pretty.
Series By Decade:
1990s: Series tied 5-5 in the regular season and Titans lead 1-0 in playoffs (1999-2000 season)
2000-2010: Titans lead series 13-9
2011-Present: Series tied at six games a piece
Quick thoughts: This has been a close series throughout. When the Jaguars entered league competition in 1995, the two teams split that season series, and split the remaing years in the 1990s as well. Tennessee dominated from 2000 to 2010, with 13 wins, including a five-game winning streak from 2001 to 2003. Currently, as we all know, a season split is seemingly all but inevitable.
What are your thoughts on the history between the two teams? How will it translate into 2017? Be sure to vote in the poll and let us know what you think in the comments section.
What will be the result of the Jaguars and Titans series in 2017?
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Split: Jaguars win Week 2, Titans win Week 17
Split: Titans win Week 2, Jaguars win Week 17