TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: LP Field
Weather: High 62, Low 43
Line: Tennessee (-11)
The Jacksonville Jaguars are not what you would call a solid team. While no team in the NFL is ‘terrible’, the Jaguars are as close as it gets to a team that could go an entire season with no wins — and they might just do that this year. Looking for answers at quarterback, the Jaguars are now relying on veteran quarterback Chad Henne to help carry the load until the 2014 draft. Henne has accounted for 1,450 yards and three touchdowns this season along with five interceptions. He has improved in recent weeks, but will take a bit of a step back with Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely. Cecil Shorts III will need to put the receiving game on his back and he has done so for the most part this season, catching 46 passes for 565 yards and a touchdown. Maurice Jones-Drew will need to rev up his game as he has only rushed for 391 yards and two touchdowns this season for the 31st-ranked rush offense.
Nobody saw the Tennessee Titans seriously contending for a playoff spot this season, but that’s exactly what they will be doing with a 4-4 record and a second place standing in the AFC South. Jake Locker is now healthy and that is exactly what this team needed offensively. Locker has passed for 1,232 yards and eight touchdowns on the season while rushing for another 137 yards and two scores on 21 carries. Kendall Wright is one receiver that will be happy to have Locker back, catching 43 passes for 502 yards and a touchdown this season. Nate Washington isn’t close behind in receiving, catching 26 passes for 439 yards and two touchdowns — averaging over 16 yards per catch. Chris Johnson finally had his first breakout game of the season a week ago against the St. Louis Rams, rushing for over 150 yards and two scores — he now has 516 yards and two scores on the year.
Defensively, the Jaguars might not be as bad as everyone things. Jacksonville ranks dead-last in points allowed per game as well as rushing yards, but is 12th in the NFL in passing yards allowed. This secondary is single-handedly salvaging the defensive presence. Tennessee ranks ninth in points allowed and 11th in total yards allowed per game. The Titans have the seventh-best passing defense, but the seventh-worst run defense as well.
PREDICTION: Jaguars 13, Titans 30