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Jaguars vs. Titans: A Divisional Showdown for AFC South Supremacy

This Sunday afternoon, the Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7) are set to face off against the Tennessee Titans (5-11) in a pivotal divisional matchup. The Jaguars are coming off a resounding home victory against the Panthers, while the Titans suffered a setback on the road against the Texans. In their first meeting, Jacksonville secured a commanding 34-14 win at home.

Jaguars' Quest for Division Title The Jaguars are eyeing the division title in this crucial encounter, as they currently share an identical 9-7 record with their rivals, the Colts and Texans, atop the AFC South. With a better divisional record than their competitors, a win in this game would secure the division title for Jacksonville, regardless of the outcomes in other games. Following a defeat to the Buccaneers two weeks ago, the Jaguars bounced back with a dominant 26-0 home win against the Panthers last week, covering the four-point spread. However, they have only managed to cover the spread in one of their last five games.

Key player Trevor Lawrence, who missed last week's game due to a shoulder injury, remains questionable for this matchup. The 24-year-old quarterback has had an inconsistent season, amassing 3736 passing yards and a 19:12 touchdown to interception ratio. If Lawrence is unable to play, C.J. Beathard will step in at quarterback. Running back Travis Etienne delivered one of his best performances of the season last week, with 102 rushing yards. The Jaguars' offense showed signs of life, scoring 26 points last week after managing just 19 points in their previous two games.

Defensively, the Jaguars have experienced mixed results, struggling during a recent four-game slide but rebounding by holding Carolina to just 124 total yards. While their pass defense ranks 27th, their rush defense is stout, coming in at eighth. With an average of 22.3 points scored per game and 21.4 points conceded, Jacksonville is positioned 13th and 15th, respectively, in the league rankings.

Titans' Struggle to End Season Strong On the other side, the Tennessee Titans are seeking to end a disappointing season on a high note, having suffered three consecutive losses. Struggling to generate consistent offense throughout the season, the Titans faced setbacks, including a narrow 20-17 home loss against the Seahawks and an ugly 26-3 road loss against the Texans last week. They have managed to cover the spread in just one of their last five games.

Rookie quarterback Will Levis, who took over from veteran Ryan Tannehill early in the season, has shown promise, accumulating 1808 passing yards and an 8:4 touchdown to interception ratio. However, he was injured last week and his availability for the upcoming game remains uncertain. Running back Derrick Henry, a key offensive weapon, has faced challenges, managing only 42 rushing yards last week. The Titans' offense has struggled to score, putting up 17 or fewer points in seven of their last ten games.

Defensively, the Titans have shown resilience, allowing 20 or fewer points in two of their last three games. Despite a strong defensive effort, the Titans have struggled to secure victories due to offensive limitations. With an average of only 17.3 points scored and 21.7 points conceded, the Titans rank 28th and 15th in the league, respectively.

As the Jaguars and Titans gear up for this pivotal divisional showdown, both teams are determined to secure a crucial victory that could have far-reaching implications for their postseason aspirations. With the Jaguars vying for the division title and the Titans seeking to salvage their season with a win, this matchup promises to be a compelling battle for supremacy within the AFC South. Football enthusiasts can anticipate an intense and closely contested game.

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