coleryan Posts:19005 Followers:23
On 12/17/2013 06:19 AM in NFL

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars are two teams that are not going to be involved in the post season. While the teams and their front offices may be more focused on the upcoming NFL draft, the game will still be played on the field. These teams may not have a future this year, but they are still giving it their all on the field and that could result in a very competitive game this weekend. Read More Here

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coleryan Posts:19005 Followers:23
12/17/2013 02:55 PM

The Tennessee Titans have a losing record, just don't call them quitters.

Coach Mike Munchak said Monday how proud he was of his Titans and their rally from 17 points down to force overtime, saying the comeback attempt is a great testament to their character in the face of adversity. When Tennessee fell behind Arizona 34-17 with 6:50 left, most of the fans that turned out on a cold day headed for the exits.

Still, Munchak understands playing hard is not enough.

"The bottom line in this league is winning," Munchak said. "We know that, and they know that. They still don't feel great about what happened in that game. We didn't win it. ... Two more opportunities is all we have, and we have to win two games."

The Titans' 37-34 overtime loss to Arizona eliminated their thin postseason hopes missing the playoffs for a fifth straight year. It also was their third straight loss and eighth in 10 games, clinching a second straight losing record.

Now they need to win their final two games to avoid finishing 6-10 for the third time in four seasons with the last two under Munchak. Munchak said he fully expects the Titans to prepare and play their best because of the character he sees on his roster.

"So we'll play well, hopefully play smart enough to win football (games) these next two games," the coach said.

New president and CEO Tommy Smith plans to evaluate everyone from Munchak on down after the season. The Titans at least have a chance for a little payback Sunday in Jacksonville (4-10) before the season finale against Houston (2-12), who hasn't won since beating Tennessee in Week 2.

"They've added to our misery this year," Munchak said.

The Titans also have lost five straight at home for the first time since relocating to Tennessee in 1997. Munchak said they all know the Titans face further changes to reclaim their edge at home. Winning the final two games would help the coach's case that he deserves the final year on his contract to make those changes.

"It would definitely give me a stronger one I tell you that," Munchak said.

The Titans had every reason to give up after the Cardinals scored 21 straight taking a 34-17 lead with 6:50 left. Instead, they rallied with three straight scoring drives of 67, 87 and 54 yards — the last set up by a rare onside kick recovery in an area that the Titans had failed to execute in three other losses this season.

Munchak said he didn't know how many people were left in the stands at that time.

"We played that span of 4 minutes is about as good of football as we've probably played in a while ...," Munchak said. "You score 17 points it shows it's all about making plays."

The comeback attempt ended when Ryan Fitzpatrick was intercepted for the second time on the opening drive of overtime. The Cardinals kicked the winning field goal six plays later. But Fitzpatrick had a career-high 402 yards passing with four touchdown passes.

Tight end Delanie Walker said losing after the furious rally really hurt, and he promised the Titans will play hard to finish out this season.

"Nobody on this team wants to lose," Walker said. "Just because we're not going to the playoffs, you don't throw the games away. You go out there and fight. We're going to fight for our coaches. We're going to fight for each other."

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coleryan Posts:19005 Followers:23
12/18/2013 04:15 PM

The Jaguars’ postseason hopes are officially over. So is the winning streak.

The season, though, very much isn’t.

If Jaguars veterans had a theme early this week as they began preparing to play the Tennessee Titans in the regular-season home finale at EverBank Field Sunday, that was it:

That following an 0-8 start, the playoff chances were remote, anyway. So the focus remains on continuing to build the foundation under first-year Head Coach Gus Bradley. In that sense, the season absolutely isn’t over.

The Jaguars, who lost their first eight games of the season by double digits or more, have won four of six games since a Week Nine bye week. They lost another, 27-14, to Arizona, and they lost at home to the Buffalo Bills Sunday, 27-20.

That means they have won or been in every game since the bye, and for a team that emphasized getting better throughout Bradley’s first season, that’s improvement on a significant scale. Players said this week the idea is to continue that improvement, and to continue building momentum for next season.

The Jaguars also still have a chance to not only finish with the AFC South’s best record in division play, but to finish second in the division. If they win both games, they will finish in no worse than a tie with Tennessee for second place and would hold the tiebreaker advantage because of a head-to-head sweep.

They are 3-1 in the division this season, with games remaining against Tennessee and at Indianapolis. Victories in each of their final two games also would give them a 5-1 division record, and assure them of at least matching the Colts’ division record. The Colts, who have clinched the AFC South because they are assured of a better overall record than Tennessee and Jacksonville, are 5-0 in the South.

Veteran Chad Henne remains the Jaguars’ starting quarterback and is 4-3 since taking over as a starter for a healthy Blaine Gabbert one game before the bye. He has completed 251 of 418 passes this season for 2,673 yards and 10 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, but has thrown eight touchdowns with seven interceptions since being named the starter.

The Titans (5-9), after a solid start during which a playoff appearance appeared possible, have struggled through the second half of the season, a period that included a 29-27 loss to the Jaguars in Tennessee in Week 10. The Titans have lost five consecutive games at LP Field in Nashville and have lost eight of 10 games, with speculation emerging during that time about the job status of Head Coach Mike Munchak. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 11 touchdowns and six interceptions since taking over as the starter when Jake Locker sustained a foot injury in the loss to the Jaguars. The Titans are 1-5 in those games.

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coleryan Posts:19005 Followers:23
12/19/2013 02:37 PM

The Tennessee Titans will be watching the playoffs from home for a fifth consecutive season.

Their struggles against fellow AFC South foes are a big reason why.

Seeking its first division win, Tennessee tries to avenge last month's loss to the injury-plagued Jacksonville Jaguars, who are set to honor veteran center Brad Meester in his final home game Sunday.

The Titans (5-9) have gone 1-9 within their division since the start of last season, including 0-4 in 2013. Tennessee, which fell 30-24 at Houston on Sept. 15 and was swept by Indianapolis, also suffered a shocking 29-27 home loss to previously winless Jacksonville on Nov. 10.

"You wonder why they're motivated? They're motivated for a lot of reasons to win this football game. It's a pride thing now," said coach Mike Munchak, whose team hosts Houston in Week 17.

"We got to finish with two here. It does mean a lot for that reason. You're battling for second in the division I guess or whatever that comes to at the end. We got to beat a team that has given us trouble."

The Titans matched a season high with four turnovers against Jacksonville last month, including three lost fumbles. Tennessee has dropped four of six to the Jaguars.

"We did everything we could to lose that football game by turning it over and still were down by two," Munchak added. "We owe them for this year, last year, the year before that."

Jacksonville (4-10) could come out with added emotion as the team recognizes Meester, who on Wednesday announced he will retire at season's end. The blue-collar lineman played his entire career in Jacksonville and is one of only five active players to spend at least 14 seasons with the same team.

Maurice Jones-Drew, in the last year of his contract, could also be making his final appearance in front of Jaguars fans. The former All-Pro running back, though, is uncertain after sitting out last Sunday's 27-20 loss to Buffalo due to a hamstring injury.

"You never know," he told the team's official website. "You just want to go out there and put your best foot forward, you want to go out there and show your best."

Jacksonville will be without Cecil Shorts, who was placed on injured reserve due to a groin injury. Shorts leads the team with 66 catches and 777 receiving yards.

The Jaguars committed a season-high four turnovers against the Bills as their three-game winning streak was snapped. Chad Henne completed 21 of 36 passes for 237 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"It was a game of missed opportunities," coach Gus Bradley said. "We didn't play like we're capable of playing, whether it was a fumble, interception, things like that. In the locker room, our hearts are broken right now because of this, but I felt like our spirit is not."

The Titans are coming off last Sunday's 37-34 overtime loss to Arizona, dropping to 1-5 in their last six. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a career-high 402 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, the second of which set up the Cardinals' game-winning field goal in OT.

Tennessee trailed by 17 with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter before storming back.

"Nobody on this team wants to lose," tight end Delanie Walker said. "Just because we're not going to the playoffs, you don't throw the games away. You go out there and fight. We're going to fight for our coaches. We're going to fight for each other."

The Titans surrendered 145 yards and two more scores on the ground. Tennessee, giving up 119.1 rushing yards per game, has also allowed 20 TDs to rank 31st in the league.

That sets up well for Jordan Todman, who is expected to carry the load again if Jones-Drew can't go. The second-year back ran for 109 yards in his first career start last weekend and added four catches for 44 yards.

The Jaguars are 2-13 at home since the start of last season, with one of them a 24-19 victory over Tennessee on Nov. 25, 2012.

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stormy1114 Posts:155 Followers:0
12/20/2013 04:07 PM

titans all the way

coleryan Posts:19005 Followers:23
12/20/2013 10:32 PM

Defensive tackle Mike Martin (ankle) and tackle David Stewart (shoulder) are both questionable for the Titans. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) has the same designation with the Jaguars while wide receiver Jeremy Ebert (ankle) has been ruled out.

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coleryan Posts:19005 Followers:23
12/20/2013 10:57 PM

The teams have nine wins in 28 combined games and the playoffs are a memory whose optimism flickered out weeks ago.

But don't simply assume the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans will have the dreaded "nothing to play for" disease when they meet Sunday afternoon at EverBank Field.

The Jaguars, in their 2013 finale in Florida, will bid a home turf farewell to veteran center Brad Meester, who said Wednesday that he'd retire at the end of this, his 14th season in the league.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder was a second-round selection out of Northern Iowa in 2000 and is one of just five active players in the NFL to have spent at least 14 years in the same city.

Also taking a potential sentimental victory lap could be running back Maurice Jones-Drew, the eight-year veteran whose contract expires at the end of the season.

"You never know," he said. "You just want to go out there and put your best foot forward, you want to go out there and show your best."

Jones-Drew sat out of last week's 27-20 loss at Buffalo that put a slight skid on a Jaguars team that had won four of five since an 0-8 start. Unavailable as well this week is wide receiver Cecil Shorts, who was placed on injured reserve with a groin problem and will be unable to add to his team-best 66 receptions and 777 receiving yards.

Jacksonville turned the ball over four times - a season-high - against Buffalo, including two interceptions from quarterback Chad Henne, who completed 21-of-36 passes for two touchdowns and 237 yards.

"It was a game of missed opportunities," coach Gus Bradley said. "We didn't play like we're capable of playing, whether it was a fumble, interception, things like that. In the locker room, our hearts are broken right now because of this, but I felt like our spirit is not."

The Titans arrive with similarly jarred emotions.

Tennessee dropped a 37-34 decision in overtime against Arizona, its fifth loss in six games since postseason chatter began at the halfway point after a 4-4 start.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick established a career-high with 402 passing yards and threw for four TDs, but the second of two interceptions ultimately yielded the Cardinals' game-winning field goal in the extra session. The miscue voided a rally in which the Titans scored 17 points in the final four minutes to send the game to overtime.

"Nobody on this team wants to lose," tight end Delanie Walker said. "Just because we're not going to the playoffs, you don't throw the games away. You go out there and fight. We're going to fight for our coaches. We're going to fight for each other."

A porous run defense was gashed for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns by the Cardinals and is now averaging 119.1 ground yards allowed per game along with 20 TDs - which places it second from last in the league in the latter category.

A willing beneficiary could be Jacksonville youngster Jordan Todman, who made his first start in Jones-Drew's absence last week and rumbled for 109 yards while adding four catches for another 44 yards.

It was a loss to the Jaguars on Nov. 10 - Jacksonville's first win of the season - that both kicked off Tennessee's tailspin and triggered the Jaguars' modest renaissance.

The Titans are 0-4 in division games this season, with a finale scheduled next week against Houston. A Jacksonville win this week, remarkably, would lift it to second in the division - ahead of the Titans and trailing only first-place Indianapolis.

"You wonder why they're motivated? They're motivated for a lot of reasons to win this football game. It's a pride thing now," coach Mike Munchak said. "We got to finish with two here. It does mean a lot for that reason. You're battling for second in the division I guess or whatever that comes to at the end. We got to beat a team that has given us trouble."

Tennessee leads the all-time series, 20-17, but the Jaguars have won four of six since December 2010.

"We did everything we could to lose that football game (in November) by turning it over and still were down by two," Munchak said. "We owe them for this year, last year, the year before that."

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