With only five games remaining to be played in the 2015-2016 Season, the players on some teams are already planning on an early vacation. That is certainly true for the athletes that will be “suiting up” for this Sunday’s game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans.
Both squads feature very young and developing quarterbacks and players on both sides of the ball that are still learning how to win in the National Football League (NFL). That may explain why the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that is in third place in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC), have managed to win just four of eleven games played.
The home team in this Sunday’s contest, the Tennessee Titans, is also in the South Division of the American Football Conference, but it has managed to win just two of eleven games and is mired in last place.
These teams have little to play for except professional pride and a spot on next year’s roster. So it seems reasonable to assume that the men who take the field for both teams will “forget the team Won-Loss record” and perform vigorously with determination and desire.
The fact that both squads feature many young players should help to assure that maximum effort on the gridiron will be expended and that “winning a game” even when it will not lead to postseason play still matters.
Players and teams develop every time they perform. In professional football, particularly in the National Football League (NFL), “playing hard” is never an option. It is, instead, a necessity. So fans that attend this weekend’s game between bottom-dwellers can expect to be entertained by what takes place on the field.
Personal pride motivates most professional athletes. Competitiveness drives them. The visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, with Blake Bortles calling signals, can be expected to fight hard to come out on top in what should be considered “a winnable game.”
The Tennessee Titans, this Sunday’s home team, will be trying to limit mistakes and costly penalties while rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota attempts to complete passes to a capable group of wide receivers and a great tight end in Delanie Walker.
It needs to be said that team records will mean next to nothing in this game between “second division clubs.” What matters is that the will to win burns brightly inside each athlete on both teams. Jacksonville has a goal. It is to win more games than it loses this season. It will require wins in virtually every remaining game, but it can be achieved.
Tennessee is playing for next year. It wants to develop a “winning habit” which it hopes it can carry into next season. Motivation exists for both combatants. It remains to be seen which team will perform with more vigor and desire.
The truth is, however, that this game can be called a toss-up.
Courtesy of Sportal