Titans (4-4) Host Jaguars (0-8) Sunday at LP Field

Posted Nov 4, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This week the Tennessee Titans (4-4) play their first of two consecutive home games against an AFC South rival, welcoming the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) to LP Field (capacity 69,143).  Kickoff in the is scheduled for noon CST on Sunday, Nov. 10.

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The Jaguars are the Titans’ longest-standing division rival.  In 37 all-time meetings, including playoffs, the Titans hold a 21-16 advantage.

This week’s game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5.  Bill Macatee will handle play-by-play duties while Steve Tasker provides analysis. 

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone. 

The Titans returned from their bye last week with a trip to face the Rams in St. Louis.  On a day in which the two clubs combined for 67 rushing attempts for 358 yards, Titans running back Chris Johnson stole the spotlight with 23 carries for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Shonn Greene, in his most significant action since joining the Titans as an offseason free-agent acquisition, added nine carries for 38 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Jake Locker rushed three times for 10 yards and a touchdown.  The team’s 198 rushing yards were the most since a 202-yard rushing performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 27, 2011.

Johnson’s yardage total from the game ranks ninth in his six-year career, and he recorded two touchdowns for the 14th time.  With 52 total career touchdowns (rushing and receiving), he moved past Charlie Hennigan (51) for third place on the franchise’s all-time touchdowns list.

Tennessee’s biggest defensive play of the day was made by Jurrell Casey.  In the fourth quarter, with the score knotted 21-21, Casey recorded his second sack of the game and in the process stripped the ball from quarterback Kellen Clemens.  Derrick Morgan recovered for the Titans, leading to Johnson’s game-winning score.  Casey leads the defense with six sacks in 2013, which also puts him in a tie with Geno Atkins for second in the NFL among defensive tackles behind Dallas’ Jason Hatcher (seven).  

The Jaguars are in their first season under head coach Gus Bradley, who spent the last four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks.  There, his defensive unit led the NFL in 2012 by allowing only 15.3 points per game.  Prior to his time in Seattle, Bradley was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for three years.

Jacksonville’s offense features three-time Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew.  The former second-round pick from UCLA is in his eighth NFL campaign and ranks second in franchise history with 7,659 rushing yards, trailing only Fred Taylor.  He is the team’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (65).

Sixth-year veteran quarterback Chad Henne has started five of Jacksonville’s eight games this season, including the three most recent contests.  In his second year in Jacksonville, he has completed 132 of 218 passes for 1,450 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions (75.3 passer rating).  

Fans are encouraged to bring their old cellular phones to the Titans-Jaguars game and donate them at collection sites outside of LP Field. The collection will benefit Cell Phones for Soldiers, a non-profit that collects old cell phones, sells them for recycling and then uses the income to purchase prepaid calling cards for U.S. servicemen and women stationed overseas. 

Also, in keeping with the Titans’ long-standing tradition of honoring America’s armed forces, Sunday has been designated as the team’s “Salute to Service” game sponsored by Lend-Lease and LP Building Products.  Included in the day’s festivities will be appearances by soldiers from Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division, the Tennessee Army National Guard Band, Charlie Daniels and Lee Greenwood.

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