Tennessee (2-7) at Jacksonville (3-6), 8:30 p.m. on NFL Network. A pair of struggling AFC South teams meet in the Sunshine State to open play in Week 11 as Jacksonville hosts the Tenneseee Titans at EverBank Field.

The Jaguars and Titans have split the previous 10 matchups, with six of the 10 decided by one score and the home team has prevailed seven of ten times.

DATE – FINAL SCORE (Home team in CAPS)
October 18, 2010 – Tennessee 30, JACKSONVILLE 3
December 5, 2010 – Jacksonville 17, TENNESSEE 6
September 11, 2011 – JACKSONVILLE 16, Tennessee 14
December 24, 2011 – TENNESSEE 23, Jacksonville 17
November 25, 2012 – JACKSONVILLE 24, Tennessee 19
December 30, 2012 – TENNESSEE 38, Jacksonville 20
November 10, 2013 – JACKSONVILLE 29, Tennessee 17
December 22, 2013 – Tennessee 20, JACKSONVILLE 16
October 12, 2014 – TENNESSEE 16, Jacksonville 14
December 18, 2014 – JACKSONVILLE 21, Tennessee 14

Jacksonville returns home and enters Week 10 following a 22-20 victory against Baltimore. Jaguar 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. Jacksonville trailed 14-10 at the half in Charm City before they would proceed to outscore the Ravens 12-6 in the final 30 minutes of action. Neither club did anyting to write home about as far as the rushing game was concerned, with Jacksonville barely outrushing Baltimore 90-89 and forced four turnovers in the contest (two were Joe Flacco interceptions; Flacco threw for 316 yards and three TDs). Jacksonville was 4 of 16 on third down tries (they did not have a fourth down try) and kept the ball for 30:32, while the Ravens were 8 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the pigskin for 30:32.

“It’s good to have a win going into a short week,” Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley told the Florida Times Union and WJXT-TV. “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, Number 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. The Titans trailed Cam Newton and the Panthers 14-10 at the half before Carolina gave themselves a little distance from Tennessee and were shut out in the second half for the loss. Tennessee was held to 64 yards rushing, while the Panthers tallied 119, with Newton throwing for one TD and using his feet to score another. Tennessee was 5 of 12 on third down conversions in the Music City and kept the ball for 24:05, while the Panthers were 7 of 13 third-down wise and held the ball for 35:55.

“We’ve got to get over this loss fairly quickly because of Thursday night,” Titans head coach Mike Mularkey told the Tennesseean. “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 and in the Thursday night contest in north Florida, 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, Number 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:

PLAYER, TEAM (TOUCHDOWN PASSES, GAMES STARTED; PASSING YARDS)
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee (13, 7; 1,795)
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay (10, 9; 2,159)

Including contests that were played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers, Tennessee leads the series 22-18 and they’ve outscored the Jaguars 796-744. They split the two contests in the 2014 campaign and each team took wins at home. In the first meeting, the Titans came out on top in the Music City by a final of 16-14, while the Jaguars sent their fans home happy from EverBank Field with a 21-13 win in their paws. Jacksonville’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 44. They’re not bad teams but they’re not good either. If you’re inclined to watch “The Big Bang Theory,” “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Scandal,” we’ll understand. We might not get it but we’ll understand. Jacksonville covers the 3 and takes the win at home in the Sunshine State to open week 11.

Injury Report

Tennessee
OUT: DT Al Woods (Ankle), WR Kendall Wright (Knee), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Derrick Morgan (Shoulder)
PROBABLE: CB Perrish Cox (Hamstring), DT Sammie Hill (Knee), G Chance Warmack (Ankle)

Jacksonville
OUT: DT Sen’Derrick Marks (Elbow), S James Sample (Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: TE Nicholas Jacobs (Hamstring), RB Bernard Pierce (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Tim Yeldon (Foot), DT Benjamin Bennett (Hamstring), LB Daniel Skuta (Groin), WR Bryan Walters (Concussion)
PROBABLE: DE Christopher Clemons (Not Injury Related), RB Toby Gerhart (Groin), WR Allen Hurns (Foot), WR Marqise Lee (Hamstring), DT Roy Miller (Knee), TE Julius Thomas (Abdomen)
Broadcast Information: NFL Network at 8:25 p.m. Eastern: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tim Ryan. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Tennessee), 81 (Jacksonville). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Tennessee), 226 (Jacksonville).

Weather Outlook: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms and 72 degrees.

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best and USA Today, weather forecast courtesy The Weather Channel. 

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