The game today between the Jaguars and the Titans is really all about mathematics and positioning. If the Jaguars, 4-10, win today at EverBank Field, they can finish no worse than second in the AFC South.
That is more of an indictment of how poor the division is this season. The Jaguars got their first win of the season in Week 9 against these Titans, a team that has its own share of troubles and controversy.
A loss would firmly put Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak on the hot seat - as if his chair in his office isn’t already warm with the team’s on again, off again performances this season.
A closer look at numbers tell you there is a lot to be gained today by the Jaguars, who are playing in their final home game of the season.
Winning today means the Jaguars avoid a 1-7 record at home for the second year in a row. To say the team has played better on the road (home games include the loss to the 49ers in London) is an understatement.
The game today is the second last and last home game for center Brad Meester, who will call it quits after 14 seasons with the franchise. He made the announcement last week. Meester leads the team in games played in a career and consecutive games started. Meester has played for all five head coaches in the franchise’s history.
Marcedes Lewis is trying to get into the team’s record books. Lewis, the huge tight end for the Jags, is trying to catch a touchdown pass for the fourth time in as many games. Since he will be one of the focal points of the offense this week with injuries to Cecil Shorts and Maurice Jones-Drew, Lewis could tie Reggie Williams for the honor set six seasons ago.
The Jaguars are hoping to have Jones-Drew in the lineup, but as of yesterday, he was still listed as questionable with a nagging hamstring injury that he suffered two weeks ago in the win against Houston. The loss by the Texans led to the firing of Houston head coach Gary Kubiak. Could a loss to the Jags have the same effect on Munchak and his staff.
Also, this is probably the last time the Jaguars will face Titans running back Chris Johnson in a Titans uniform. It has been reported the team will not invite the star runner back next season. Johnson has had some of his biggest games in his career against the teal and black.
Even with the loss earlier in the year, Tennessee still leads this series, 20-17. The Jaguars hope to inch a bit closer to even with one of their strongest rivals. The Jaguars have liked home cooking against this opponent, having won five of the last seven contests at EverBank against Tennessee.