Thursday Night Football Preview: Titans’ at Jaguars’

Week 11 begins on Thursday night on NFL Network (8:25 PM ET) with the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-6) hosting the TENNESSEE TITANS (2-7) at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars and Titans have split the previous 10 matchups, with six of the 10 decided by one score.

October 18, 2010 Tennessee Jacksonville* 30-3
December 5, 2010 Jacksonville Tennessee* 17-6
September 11, 2011 Jacksonville* Tennessee 16-14
December 24, 2011 Tennessee* Jacksonville 23-17
November 25, 2012 Jacksonville* Tennessee 24-19
December 30, 2012 Tennessee* Jacksonville 38-20
November 10, 2013 Jacksonville Tennessee* 29-17
December 22, 2013 Tennessee Jacksonville* 20-16
October 12, 2014 Tennessee* Jacksonville 16-14
December 18, 2014 Jacksonville* Tennessee 21-13
*Home team

Jacksonville enters Week 10 following a 22-20 victory against Baltimore.

Jacksonville quarterback BLAKE BORTLES passed for 188 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Bortles led a seven-play, 45-yard drive to set up Jaguars kicker JASON MYERS, who sealed the comeback victory with a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter.

“It’s good to have a win going into a short week,” says Jaguars head coach GUS BRADLEY. “We don’t have much time to celebrate it. We have to get back to work. We have to be smart about it and hopefully we are ready to go by Thursday.”

The Jaguars wide receiver tandem of ALLEN HURNS and ALLEN ROBINSON, who each caught a touchdown last week, looks to continue their impressive play. Including his touchdown catch last week, Hurns has now caught a touchdown in seven consecutive games, the longest streak in Jaguars history. Robinson ranks fifth in the AFC with 758 receiving yards this season. Both Hurns and Robinson are tied for third in the conference with seven touchdown receptions.

In the Jaguars backfield, running back T.J. YELDON (Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads AFC rookies with 531 rushing yards. Yeldon, who has amassed 100 scrimmage yards in three of his past five games, aims for his sixth straight with at least 60 scrimmage yards on Thursday night against the Titans.

Tennessee enters Week 10 following a 27-10 loss against Carolina.

“We’ve got to get over this loss fairly quickly because of Thursday night,” says Titans head coach MIKE MULARKEY. “We’ve got to get over the taste and the feeling quickly to get prepared to play a team that is improved. They’re playing good football.”

The Titans defense recorded five sacks against the Panthers, including recording a sack on three consecutive plays in the third quarter. On Carolina’s opening drive of the second half, safety MICHAEL GRIFFIN sacked Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON for a seven-yard loss, notching his first sack of the season. Linebacker WESLEY WOODYARD followed by recording his fourth sack in 2015. Linebacker BRIAN ORAKPO then sacked Newton for his team-leading sixth sack.

Following their Week 9 performance, Tennessee ranks fourth in the AFC with 27 sacks. On Thursday night, Orakpo aims for his fourth consecutive game with a sack, which would tie his career-long streak (four games in 2013).

On offense, quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA (Round 1, No. 2 overall) leads all rookies with 13 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 98.3. Earlier this season, Mariota became the first rookie in NFL history to have two games with four touchdown passes and no interceptions.

The rookie quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes this season:

Marcus Mariota Tennessee 13 7 1,795
Jameis Winston Tampa Bay 10 9 2,159
STREAKS 3 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Mularkey: 0-1 Bradley: 2-2
LAST WEEK L 27-10 vs. Panthers W 22-20 at Ravens
LAST GAME 12/18/14: Titans 13 at Jaguars 21. Jacksonville RBs Jordan Todman & Toby Gerhart combine for 124 yards & 2 TDs. Rookie QB Blake Bortles throws TD to TE Marcedes Lewis.
REFEREE Craig Wrolstad
BROADCAST NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tim Ryan. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), TBD (Ten.), TBD (Jax.). XM: 88 (WW1), TBD (Ten.), TBD (Jax.).
PASSING Mariota (R): 147-224-1795-13-6-98.3 Bortles: 197-356-2381-19-11-81.0
RUSHING Andrews: 84-298-3.5-2 Yeldon (R): 133-531-4.0-1
RECEIVING Walker (TE): 45-508-11.3-3 A. Robinson: 45-758-16.8-7
OFFENSE 321.6 343.7
DEFENSE 326.1 362.1
SACKS Orakpo: 6 Colvin: 3
INTs Sensabaugh: 2 House, Posluszny: 2
PUNTING Kern: 46.7 Anger: 45.9
KICKING Succop: 47 (17/17 PAT; 10/11 FG) Myers: 60 (18/21 PAT; 14/18 FG)
TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA leads NFL rookies in TD passes (13) & rating (98.3). Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of 7 career games. 1st rookie in NFL history to have 2 games with 4 TDs & 0 INTs…RB ANTONIO ANDREWS has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Last week, RB DEXTER MC CLUSTER scored 1st rush TD since 2011 (25-yard run)…WR KENDALL WRIGHT had 4 catches for 73 yards (18.3 avg.) in last meeting. TE DELANIE WALKER led team with 52 yards on 3 catches last week. Aims for 6th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Since 2014, ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with 1,398 rec. yards…LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 5 sacks in past 5, incl. 1 last week vs. Car. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Since entering NFL in 2011, DT JURRELL CASEY ranks 3rd amongst AFC DTs with 25 sacks…JAGUARS: In past 5, QB BLAKE BORTLES has passed for 1,385 yards with 13 TDs vs. 8 INTs. Has 2+ TDs in 5 consecutive games, longest streak in Jags history. Since entering NFL in 2014, averages 7.3 yards per rush (85 att., 622 yards), highest among QBs during span…RB T.J. YELDON leads AFC & ranks 2nd amongst NFL rookies with 531 rush yards. Aims for 6th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards…In past 8, WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 44 catches for 731 yards & 7 TDs, incl. 51 yards & TD vs. Bal. Has 5 TDs in past 5. WR ALLEN HURNS has TD catch in 7 consecutive games, longest streak in club history, incl. 5-yarder vs. Bal. In only career meeting (12/8/13 w/ Den), TE JULIUS THOMAS had TD rec…LB TELVIN SMITH is tied for 2nd in NFL with 88 tackles. DE CHRIS CLEMONS has 68 career sacks, 3rd-most among active undrafted players. CB AARON COLVIN leads NFL DBs with 3 sacks. CB DAVON HOUSE had career-high 2 INTs last week.

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