The Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars are two teams that play in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). They are also squads with losing records that still have a chance to finish in first place.
At first glance, it seems improbable that the Titans, a team with a Won-Loss record of 2-7 and the Jaguars, a squad that has managed to win just three of nine games played could possibly win divisional honors. But, the truth is that first place in the division is currently shared by the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans, squads that have Won-Loss records of 4-5.
Yes, the South Division is one of the weakest in the entire National Football League (NFL) despite having superstars like Andrew Luck playing in the division. And because the two teams in first place have losing records, the Jaguars are just one game behind them while the Titans need to make up just two games to move up in the standings.
That makes the AFC South a very competitive division. And means that the game between the visiting Titans and the home team Jaguars, which will be played before a national television audience this Thursday night, is critically important to both teams.
A win by the visitors from Tennessee could move this squad that relies heavily on rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota close to the division lead. And if Jacksonville prevails behind young franchise quarterback Blake Bortles, it could end up in a tie for divisional honors.
Importantly, Tennessee and Jacksonville are coming off upset wins. Both teams have rosters that include lots of young and improving players. And both teams, while losing frequently in the early part of the season, have been competitive and a difficult foe for squads with better won-loss records.
But now Tennessee and Jacksonville seem to be learning how to win games in the NFL. That makes them dangerous when playing any other team and when taking the field against each other. This Sunday’s contest should turn out to be a real “battle royal” for the simple fact that there is a lot at stake for the combatants.
Both teams are trending upward at a time in the season when winning football games often leads to the postseason. It is clear that both Tennessee and Jacksonville have begun “their push to the playoffs,” playing as well as they have at any point this year.
The Jaguars will step on the gridiron with the obvious home field advantage. And that could lead to a win. But the Titans, under the effective leadership of Marcus Mariota can’t be counted out. Tennessee has weapons on offense and an improving defense. It also has new-found confidence.
Fans in attendance at this game should find it entertaining and exciting. It would come as no surprise if this contest is not decided until the very last play of the game.
Sudden death for one squad may turn out to be an exhilarating victory for the other team.
Courtesy of Rant Sports