NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** The Titans face the Jaguars at Nissan Stadium on Sunday.
Here's a look at five things to watch in Sunday's game:
More of a rotation?**
The Titans pledged to use running back David Cobb more in the running game in recent weeks, but so far it hasn't happened. Cobb has just seven carries for five yards in his first two games combined. It sounds like this will be the week, however. Expect to see more of Cobb in a rotation with Antonio Andrews. Running the ball won't be easy, though – the Jaguars are ranked No.1 in the NFL in average per rush (3.3). The Titans managed just 20 yards on their first 13 carries in the first meeting against the Jaguars, but racked up 84 yards on the next 13 carries.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will face the Jaguars for the second time in three games, so it will be interesting to see how he performs the second time around. Will he make the necessary adjustments to have success? Mariota threw for 231 yards and ran for a 23-yard score back on November 19, but the Titans weren't able to come from behind late after blowing the lead. The Jaguars have a good feel for Mariota after seeing him up close, but Mariota should also know what's coming against a defense that doesn't change things up a lot.
Make plays, receivers**
Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey challenged his receivers this week to go up and make more plays on the football. Harry Douglas provided a big play last week vs. Oakland, but the Titans need more plays from Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright. Wright was limited in his return from knee injury last week, and he should be more active on Sunday. Moving forward, the Titans need him to contribute in a bigger way.
Stiffen up on defense
The Titans did a nice job against the Jaguars and quarterback Blake Bortles in the first meeting. Jacksonville didn't get into the end zone until the game's final minutes, and that was set up by a punt return that went to their five-yard line. The Titans stiffened up when the Jaguars drove on them on other occasions, forcing four field goals. The Titans have played solid run defense in recent weeks, and they need that to continue. But the secondary also needs to step up and make plays a week after allowing Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to throw for 330 yards and three touchdowns.
End of the home losing streak?
The Titans haven't won a game at Nissan Stadium since last October, when defensive lineman Sammie Hill blocked a field goal in the waning seconds to secure a win over the Jaguars. Since, the Titans have lost 11 straight home games, including six in a row this season. It's safe to say players are tired of being asked about the losing streak. So they need to find a way to end the skid. Too many teams have come into Nissan Stadium and walked away with a win.