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JACKSONVILLE (2 - 13) at TENNESSEE (5 - 10)
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Week 17 Sunday, 12/30/2012 1:00 PM
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JACKSONVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-13-8.66-86-915.77.1294.2(5)1.527.111.9390.3(5.7)1.5
Road Games1-6-2.74-24-320.110.1318.7(5.2)0.927.712.1398.3(5.8)1.7
Last 3 Games0-3-31-20-39.76.3342.0(5.2)1.721.37.7336.0(5.2)1.7
Grass Games1-11-85-74-814.37.1290.7(5)1.727.411.7390.3(5.6)1.6
Division Games2-3+0.63-21-420.06.0313.2(5.9)1.226.614.2441.4(5.8)1.6
JACKSONVILLE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Road Games20.110.116.629:3326-91(3.5)19-3652.2%228(6.4)62-319(5.2)(15.8)
Defense (All Games)27.111.923.533:3434-144(4.2)22-3563.8%246(7.1)69-390(5.7)(14.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.21220.631:4728-119(4.2)21-3660.2%233(6.5)64-352(5.5)(15.1)
Defense Road Games27.712.124.033:1832-133(4.1)23-3764.1%265(7.3)69-398(5.8)(14.4)
JACKSONVILLE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-641.3%0-057.1%2-65(26.9)2-22(9.1)6-52
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 14-538.9%1-051.8%3-62(23)23-2(10.4)6-53
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-540.9%0-00.0%4-102(28.6)2-21(8.5)7-58

TENNESSEE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-10-2.95-108-719.59.7318.9(5.5)1.930.113.3374.5(5.7)1.4
Home Games3-4-0.33-43-420.09.1342.9(5.9)2.328.914.0397.9(5.8)1.3
Last 3 Games1-2-11-22-114.79.0276.7(5.1)1.330.710.0327.3(5)2.3
Grass Games4-8-2.54-86-618.98.7314.2(5.5)
Division Games0-5-60-52-315.89.2346.8(5.8)2.626.410.4335.2(5.3)0.8
TENNESSEE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)19.59.716.527:4123-107(4.7)21-3558.9%212(6)58-319(5.5)(16.4)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.51119.730:4727-116(4.3)21-3559.2%228(6.5)62-343(5.5)(15.3)
Offense Home Games20.09.117.028:0621-100(4.8)23-3761.2%243(6.5)58-343(5.9)(17.1)
Defense (All Games)30.113.322.533:1231-128(4.2)23-3566.7%247(7.1)66-375(5.7)(12.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2311.920.631:0128-117(4.2)21-3560.1%230(6.5)64-347(5.5)(15.1)
Defense Home Games28.914.023.933:4833-137(4.2)24-3666.5%261(7.2)69-398(5.8)(13.8)
TENNESSEE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-539.4%1-054.5%2-48(27.7)2-25(10.6)5-45
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 14-539.1%1-050.9%3-61(23)22-2(10.1)6-53
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-539.4%1-050.0%2-44(21.9)3-29(10.5)6-52
Average power rating of opponents played: JACKSONVILLE 19.5,  TENNESSEE 19.9
JACKSONVILLE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/18/2012@ HOUSTON37-43L15W40.5O29-8618-35-372135-13643-55-5043
12/2/2012@ BUFFALO18-34L6L41.5O18-5018-41-186246-2329-17-1122
12/9/2012NY JETS10-17L3L39U24-12321-43-168242-16612-19-1042
12/16/2012@ MIAMI3-24L7L38.5U21-8618-34-213036-18022-29-2091
12/23/2012NEW ENGLAND16-23L13.5W51.5U23-9329-51-343327-10324-41-2462
12/30/2012@ TENNESSEE            

TENNESSEE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/11/2012@ MIAMI37-3W7W44U37-1779-22-116015-5423-39-2014
11/25/2012@ JACKSONVILLE19-24L-3L45.5U29-11023-40-250227-10017-26-2211
12/9/2012@ INDIANAPOLIS23-27L3.5L46.5O24-9722-35-259230-9816-34-1712
12/17/2012NY JETS14-10W1W40.5U30-16713-22-127030-14613-29-1075
12/23/2012@ GREEN BAY7-55L10.5L44O22-7913-30-101235-11728-40-3430
JACKSONVILLE: There doesn't figure to be a lot of change to the Jaguars' running game. New head coach Mike Mularkey has always piloted run-heavy offenses, and he retained veteran offensive line coach Andy Heck. They'll continue to use a zone-blocking scheme and run a lot of stretch plays with Maurice Jones-Drew. Mularkey has always used a one-back system, so Jones-Drew should continue to carry a huge workload with Rashad Jennings picking up the scraps. Mularkey always skewed run-heavy in the red zone, and it makes sense with this personnel. It will be almost all Jones-Drew in the red zone. With Blaine Gabbert, Mularkey will be trying to build his confidence with high-percentage throws. Gabbert has a poor sense of the pocket, but he was especially uncomfortable turning his back in play-action situations, something he won't do as much of this season. He'll also have simplified reads and quicker throws. Rookie Justin Blackmon is a perfect fit in this offense as a catch-and-run guy who had a similar role at Oklahoma State. He and Laurent Robinson should be 1 and 1A in targets. Mularkey, like departed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, uses tight ends frequently in the passing game, which is good news for Marcedes Lewis. Mularkey has never run a lot of screen passes, but they'll find a way to utilize Jones-Drew. When they do throw in the red zone, Lewis and Blackmon are expected to be the usual targets. The Jags saw an uptick in every category on the defensive end last season, as the defense was by far the team's strongest unit. DL Jeremy Mincey was paid handsomely (4 years, $27.2M) after having nearly signed with Chicago. He has racked up an impressive 12 sacks and 81 total tackles in 24 games as a starter. LB Paul Posluszny posted big tackle numbers in his first season with the Jags, the question is whether he can remain healthy enough to string together two straight 16-game seasons for the first time in his career. LB Daryl Smith played primarily strong side for the first time in 2011 and was his typically solid self. Safety Dawan Landry doesn't provide much in terms of pass coverage, but he's a strong tackler.
TENNESSEE: The Titans are encouraged by what they deemed a productive offseason for RB Chris Johnson. They mix a lot of zone plays in for Johnson, though their line is more built for man blocking. They use a lot of two-tight end sets and still use a fullback to try and open things up for him. Johnson takes about 70 percent of the reps and is often asked to find yards between the tackles. Javon Ringer will come in on every third or fourth series. The Titans often go into the red zone with the idea of running it, with Johnson taking a lot of touches. But they get easily frustrated after one busted play and ended up one of the league's most pass-heavy red zone teams. The Titans were so pass-happy for most of last season that they looked like classic Air Coryell under offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. They get the ball downfield aggressively, something that didn't change whether it was Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker under center. Kenny Britt is the first look, with Nate Washington not far behind. Jared Cook is often used to stretch the middle of the field. Rookie Kendall Wright was brought in to provide a deep threat in the slot, though he may be used underneath as well for spacing purposes. The Titans also reintroduced the screen game last year, giving them another way to get Johnson the ball. They'll often try to get the ball outside to a receiver near the goal line rather than using a tight end over the middle. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn and DE Jason Babin leaving before last season was a big reason Tennessee finished with the second-fewest sacks in the NFL in 2011. The secondary took a hit this year with the departure of CB Cortland Finnegan and contract dispute with franchise player S Michael Griffin. A lot is going to be asked of LB Colin McCarthy, who was a monster after moving into the starting lineup in the middle of last season, recording 50 solo tackles over eight games as a rookie. Tennessee will be looking for both projected starting cornerbacks, Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner, to help fill the void created by the loss of Finnegan. McCourty led defensive backs in solo tackles in 2011, and opposing quarterbacks may target him even more often now that he'll be matched up with many opposing No. 1 WRs. Verner has 102 total tackles (86 solo) in 15 career starts and would seem to be the more attractive target for opposing quarterbacks to pick on.
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*Jaguars-Titans Preview* ========================


No matter what happens in Sunday's season finale at LP Field, the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars will finish with the worst records in the AFC South.

There are still plenty of questions about what will happen this offseason for these struggling franchises.

In their second season under Mike Munchak, the Titans (5-10) have missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year. They have major questions on both sides of the ball as second-year quarterback Jake Locker has more interceptions (11) than touchdown passes (10) and the team is giving up a league-worst 30.1 points per game after last Sunday's 55-7 loss at Green Bay.

Locker was picked off twice and sacked a season-high seven times and Tennessee allowed its most points since losing 59-0 to New England on Oct. 18, 2009.

"It's embarrassing to lose 50-something to seven," Munchak said after the Titans fell to 0-8 against teams with winning records. "That's just not acceptable and we let it happen. Thank God we have that (game this week) because I wouldn't want this to be our last game of the year."

Munchak has two years left on his contract, but with seven of the team's losses coming by 14 points or more, Titans owner Bud Adams has plenty of decisions to make about the future of his team.

New Jaguars owner Shad Khan has to decide if first-year coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Gene Smith will return after the team missed the playoffs for a fifth straight season.

Jacksonville (2-13) set a team record for losses last Sunday with a 23-16 defeat to New England, but Mularkey is proud of how his players have competed during this rough season. Three of the Jaguars' last five losses have been by seven points or fewer.

"They just haven't been rewarded with something when they've played well, and that's probably the most disappointing thing," Mularkey said.

The Jaguars, who've dropped 11 of 12 overall, must end a five-game road losing streak to complete their first season sweep of the Titans since 2005.

Led by quarterback Chad Henne, who replaced the injured Blaine Gabbert to throw two TD passes in his first start since last October with Miami, Jacksonville ended a seven-game overall slide with a 24-19 victory over the Titans on Nov. 25.

Henne will be missing one of his main targets Sunday with Cecil Shorts - the team leader with 979 receiving yards and seven scores - done for the season after suffering a concussion last week.

Jaguars back Rashad Jennings (shoulder) was also placed on injured reserve this week.

Last year's NFL rushing leader, Maurice Jones-Drew, will miss the season finale due to a sprained foot that cost him the final 10 games of the season. He ran for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' last visit to Nashville, a 23-17 Titans victory Dec. 24, 2011.

Whoever lines up for Jacksonville will face a Titans team that's 10 points shy of setting the franchise record for most points allowed. The 1983 Houston Oilers currently hold that dubious distinction at 460.

"We have one more game, and we've got to fix it," cornerback Alterraun Verner said. "We've got to come out way better than this and finish off strong. This is embarrassing."

That would also be a good description of the Titans' offense last week when they totaled a season-low 180 yards. Tennessee had averaged 334.7 yards in the three previous games under offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, who replaced the fired Chris Palmer following the loss to the Jaguars.

Chris Johnson ran for 80 yards against Jacksonville and was held to 28 on 11 carries last Sunday, but the Jaguars have the second-worst rushing defense in the league at 145.1 yards allowed per game.

Johnson was limited by a right ankle injury this week, but he's expected to start after returning to practice Friday.

Jacksonville has won three of four in this series but has lost three of four in Nashville.

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