Week 16 in the NFL featured many intriguing games no matter who you are a fan of. With the playoff picture still muddied for more than a handful of teams, this week was an important one. One of those intriguing match ups, not surprisingly, did not happen to be the Jacksonville Jaguars’ contest with the Tennessee Titans.
In fact, I could not tell you a legitimate reason for wanting to watch this game unless your fantasy team featured a player or two in action. Even a Jaguars or Titans fan might rather have watched a few other games Sunday — that’s without exaggeration. But, the game had to be played and the outcome saw the Titans come out on top 20-16.
The absolute biggest reason for Tennessee’s victory was due to their success on the ground. The Titans combined for a whopping 182 yards on the ground on 44 carries. Shonn Greene carried the ball 19 times for 91 yards and a score while Chris Johnson took it 90 yards on 22 carries.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, did not exactly enjoy the same success. The Titans held Jacksonville to just 63 yards on the ground — 45 of those came from running back Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars failed to score on the ground Sunday.
For Jacksonville, Jones-Drew is a big storyline from here on out. In the last year of his contract, he has said that he would like to stay in Jacksonville — for whatever reason — but will the Jaguars bring him back or try and save some money in effort to build for the future?
Tennessee has a decision of their own to take care of. There have been rumors that the Titans are prepared to move on from quarterback Jake Locker and pursue another full-time starter in the offseason.
I think it’s safe to say that both of these teams have had more on their mind lately in terms of the future, rather than success in 2013. The playoffs theoretically waved goodbye to both the Jaguars and Titans a few weeks ago.