Titans (2-7) Face Jaguars (3-6) on Thursday Night Football


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This week the Tennessee Titans (2-7) travel to face the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) in a nationally-televised game.  Kickoff at EverBank Field (capacity 66,851) is scheduled for 8:25 p.m. EST/7:25 p.m. CST on Thursday, Nov. 19.



NFL Network will broadcast the game to a national audience.  The telecast also can be seen locally in Nashville on WTVF NewsChannel 5.  Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms will call the action, and Tracy Wolfson will report from the sidelines.

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.

Additionally, Westwood One Sports will carry the game to a national radio audience.  Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Tim Ryan (analyst) will have the call.



Their matchup with the Jaguars will be the Titans' third game in 12 days under interim head coach Mike Mularkey.  After winning in overtime at New Orleans on Nov. 8, they returned home to Nissan Stadium last week, only to suffer a 27-10 loss at the hands of the undefeated Carolina Panthers.

The Titans defense recorded five sacks against the Panthers—the Titans' largest total of the season and the most the 9-0 Panthers have allowed in a game in 2015.  However, the Panthers used 119 rushing yards and a steady, 217-yard passing performance by quarterback Cam Newton to wear down the Titans, who were unable to keep pace in the second half.  Dexter McCluster scored the team's only touchdown on a 25-yard run in the first quarter.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota started for the seventh time in 2015 and was 16-of-24 passing for 185 yards with an interception.  His season totals include 224 attempts, 147 completions, 1,795 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions, and his 98.3 passer rating leads all rookies and ranks ninth in the NFL among all passers.

Mularkey was promoted to the post from his former title of assistant head coach/tight ends on Nov. 3, at the same time former head coach Ken Whisenhunt was relieved of his duties by Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk.  He became the second coach in franchise history to take over as head coach during a season and win his debut, joining Wally Lemm (1961).

Mularkey arrived in Tennessee in 2014. The former NFL tight end spent a total of three previous seasons as a head coach, first with the Buffalo Bills from 2004–2005 and then with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.  He also served as an offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2001–2003), Miami Dolphins (2006) and Atlanta Falcons (2008–2011).



The Jaguars visited the Baltimore Ravens last week and left with a last-second 22-20 victory.  The Ravens were called for a facemask penalty on what would have been the final play of the game, and the Jaguars took advantage of the untimed down.  Jason Myers booted a 53-yard field goal to complete the unlikely finish and give the Jaguars their third victory of the season. The Jaguars are now one game behind the 4-5 Indianapolis Colts in the race for the AFC South.

Second-year quarterback Blake Bortles, the third-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Central Florida, completed 22 of 45 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens.  For the season, Bortles is 197-of-356 for 2,381 yards with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions (81.0 passer rating).

The Jaguars are in their third season under head coach Gus Bradley, who was named to his current post after four campaigns as the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. Bradley's defense this season ranks sixth against the run (93.7 yards per game) and is allowing the fewest yards per carry in the NFL (3.3).

TitansOnline.com looks back at the all-time series against the Jacksonville Jaguars.