Why the Titans need to be careful of the Jaguars in week 12

By Stephanie Umek
Cecil Shorts against Houston Texans
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They don’t look all that intimidating on paper, but then again neither of these two teams had thus far in the 2012 season. However with a division matchup like tomorrow’s game between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars it’s going to be a show to see who wants to stay in the running for the AFC South.

I don’t want to hear the argument of that fact that Jacksonville has only won one game, or the fact that they have not yet won on their home field this season. Tennessee has played some sloppy games and they look totally different from last year’s team.

Chad Henne will be taking the reins for the Jaguars in week 12 due to an injury to starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert. It seems that the little switch has given Jacksonville a new light. And I don’t know that there are any real statistics to help support the fact that they could beat the Titans. It will end up coming down to which team actually shows up.

As far as the numbers go, Jacksonville trails the Titans in every offensive category that has to do with gaining yards. The defensive matchup is going to be a lot closer. The people on the Tennessee side of the ball that I plan on watching include Sen’Derrick Marks, Coty Sensabaugh, Zach Brown and Colin McCarthy.

McCarthy can hold his own, but the inconsistency of not being able to stay healthy with that ankle worries me. Everyone else has been able to really push through for the Titans when they need an extra defensive stop.

Head Coach Mike Munchak spoke the other day about the Jaguars lead receiver, Cecil Shorts. “I think he was the guy that had five touchdowns or so and was making the plays. He had that big play in the win against Indy, the 80-yarder. (Justin) Blackmon really hadn’t had a chance to have a lot of huge days. Obviously, the other day he had a monster day, and that’s what he’s capable of.”

If the defense can do simple things like stop Shorts, the game can be theirs, but after all the close games they have had this year, there are not sure things. For me personally, I’m ready for this to be an overtime game.

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