Game Scout: Titans at Jaguars

Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
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Tennessee Titans (5-9) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla. - TV: CBS
*TV announcers: Andrew Catalon, Adam Archuleta
*Keys to the game: Jacksonville is playing well -- relative to the Jaguars' winless first two months of the season -- but could be without RB Maurice Jones-Drew in addition to top WR Cecil Shorts (injured reserve). The Titans are playing for pride and perhaps Mike Munchak's job. Tennessee's recipe for success is simple: don't turn the ball over. That has been a major challenge with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback over the second half of the year. If the Jaguars establish Jones-Drew or Jordan Todman, QB Chad Henne is improved with a dink-and-dunk approach and has six touchdown passes in the past three games.
*Matchup to watch - Titans MLB Moise Fokou vs. Jaguars RBs -- The Titans have faced Jones-Drew many times over the years and he has a touchdown in three consecutive meetings. Fokou calls the defensive signals and is charged with keeping Jones-Drew and Todman from reaching the second level, where he wins with a physical style.
*Player spotlight - Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny: With 139 tackles, he's over 100 for the sixth consecutive season. Posluszny, the highest-paid defensive player on the roster, could be auditioning for potential offseason suitors.
*Fast facts: Titans RB Chris Johnson will join Earl Campbell and Eddie George as the only players in franchise history with 50 career TDs with his next score. ... The Jaguars are projected to have between $65 million-$80 million in cap space entering 2014.
Gus Bradley and the Jaguars continue their positive momentum with a season sweep of the Titans that likely seals the fate of counterpart Mike Munchak.
*Our pick: Jaguars 26-20

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