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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans series history: The hate is real

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The Jacksonville Jaguars playing in prime time? It can’t be. Well it is true, on a Thursday, anyway, as the Jags get set to duel with the Tennessee Titans for the second time this season.

There is no love lost between these two teams. There’s a reason why Jaguars fans identified the Titans as the team’s biggest rival in a landslide. We don’t like them. They don’t like us. And there is plenty of history between the two teams.

So let’s go ahead and update the series history between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers.

Series history

All-time regular season series record: Titans lead 27-20

Postseason Record: Titans lead 1-0

Last Jaguars win: Dec. 24, 2016 (38-17)

Last Titans win: Sept. 23, 2018 (9-6)

Current Streak: Titans with three-straight wins

Biggest Jaguars win: 37-7 (Nov. 5, 2006)

Biggest Titans win: 41-14 (Dec. 26, 1999)

Interesting takeaway: The Jaguars are just 9-14 all-time as the away team in this series, including 7-14 in Nashville (2-0 in Houston). Jacksonville has lost the past four games on the road against the Titans.

Quick thoughts: The first four matchups in series history actually placed the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Houston Oilers before the franchise relocated, and the two teams split with two wins each. Fast forward to the end of 2018, and it’s now been nearly two years since the Jaguars have topped their rival. The two teams split every season series from 2009 through 2016, but the Titans have won the past three matchups. Tennessee has an eight-game advantage overall, including a playoff win (you know, because the Titans stole Jacksonville’s playbook).

Last Matchup

Winner: Titans

Score: 9-6

Date: Sept. 23, 2018

Location: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville

Team Stats: Jacksonville — 155 passing yards, 87 rushing yards, 12 first downs
Tennessee — 108 passing yards, 150 rushing yards, 15 first downs

Quick recap: This game was ugly. It was battle of field goal kickers, and Ryan Succop got more opportunities, and hit three of four field goal attempts to get the better of Josh Lambo who went two-for-two. The Jaguars only generated six points, and lost despite a dazzling defensive effort — nine points allowed, 233 total yards allowed and three sacks. The Jaguars were without Leoanrd Fournette this game and only rushed for 87 yards and mustered 232 total yards. Former Jaguar Blaine Gabbert actually drew the start as Marcus Mariota was available, but still recovering from an injury, however Gabbert was knocked out the game and Mariota had to play. This was the first example of the offense letting the defense down in 2018, and a sign of things to come.

Previous Matchup:

Last Matchup

Winner: Titans

Score: 15-10

Date: Dec. 31, 2017

Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville

Team Stats: Jacksonville — 83 passing yards, 158 rushing yards, 13 first downs
Tennessee — 116 passing yards, 134 rushing yards, 11 first downs

Quick recap: The Jaguars had already clinched a playoff berth, while the Titans needed to win the last game of the season to assure a playoff spot. Neither team was really able to get much going offensively on an extremely cold night in Nashville. The only offensive touchdown of the game came in the second quarter when Marcus Mariota found Derrick Henry on a 66-yard screen pass. Yannick Ngakoue gave the Jaguars life with a 67-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the Jags weren’t able to score the rest of the game. Jacksonville was minus-three in turnover margin.

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 13-9

2011-Present: Titans lead 9-6

Quick thoughts: This has been a close series throughout. The Jaguars entered league competition in 1995, and the Jags and Titans/Oilers split the series with five games a piece in the 1990s. Tennessee dominated from 2000 to 2010, with 13 wins, including a five-game winning streak from 2001 to 2003. The Titans hold the slight advantage since 2011 (thanks to the 2017 season), but once again, sweeps have been rare in the past several seasons. So hopefully Jacksonville wins this week to avoid back-to-back sweeps while simultaneously making life harder for the Titans’ playoff bid.

It’s been a disappointing season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. A win against the team’s biggest rival will mean a lot for this group. Expect another low-scoring, hard-hitting street fight between the two clubs. The Jaguars could very well beat this Tennessee team if the offense shows some semblance of life, as the defense should keep them in it. Meanwhile the Titans will come to play as they look to keep playoff hopes alive.

So, will the Jaguars end the losing streak against the Titans? Let us know.


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