The AFC South rivals are plenty familiar with each other, and each team often wins one game a piece in the season series. Sunday’s matchup will be the 48th all-time matchup (including playoffs).
Like we do every week, let’s review the head-to-head history in this closely contested series.
All-time regular season series record: Titans lead 26-20
Postseason Record: Titans lead 1-0
Last Jaguars win: Dec. 24, 2016 (38-17)
Last Titans win: Dec. 31, 2017 (15-10)
Current Streak: Titans with two wins
Biggest Jaguars win: 37-7 (Nov. 5, 2006)
Biggest Titans win: 41-14 (Dec. 26, 1999)
Interesting takeaway: Last season was the first time since 2008 that the Jaguars and Titans didn’t split a season series. In fact, there have been 16 seasons where the two franchises have split the series.
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 2018, and it’s now been nearly 21 months since the Jaguars have topped their rival. Blake Bortles has a career record of 3-5 against the Titans, with nearly 62 percent completion rate, 13 touchdown passes, six interceptions and a rating of 88.5. He also has a touchdown reception against Tennessee.
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 -3 in turnover margin.
Date: Sept. 17, 2017
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Team Stats: Jacksonville — 223 passing yards, 99 rushing yards, 20 first downs
Tennessee — 215 passing yards, 179 rushing yards, 21 first downs
Quick recap: This game was tight until deep in the third quarter with a score of 9-3, when Jacksonville imploded. Bortles threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, and the defense was perhaps gassed from spending too much time on the field. The Titans jumped out to a 23-3 lead with 2:49 left in the third quarter and didn’t look back from there. Derrick Henry rushed for 92 yards and a score, and was a big factor in the Titans’ win. Jacksonville was -2 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 8-6
Quick thoughts: This has been a close series throughout. The Jaguars entered league competition in 1995, and the Jags and Titans 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.
Heading into the first regular season matchup of 2018, Tennessee is hurting right now. Mariota was active, but didn’t play in Week 2. He remains questionable. Both starting tackles, Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin, also missed Week 2. That could be a serious issue against Jacksonville’s pass rush.
So, will the Jaguars be able to continue their 2018 momentum and beat the Titans for the first time in nearly two years?
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