Titans Look to Pull Even With Jaguars in AFC South

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** The Tennessee Titans (5-6) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5) this week in the first of three consecutive home games against division opponents.  Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for noon CST on Sunday, Dec. 5.

THE BROADCAST

This week's game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Gus Johnson will handle play-by-play duties, while Steve Tasker will provide analysis. 

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.

Additionally, Westwood One Radio Sports will carry the national radio broadcast.  Howard David (play-by-play) and Tony Boselli (analyst) will provide the call.

TITANS CONTINUE CRUCIAL STRETCH IN DIVISION

The Titans play four of their last five games this season against AFC South foes.  After this week, they host the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, Dec. 9, and the Houston Texans on Sunday, Dec. 19.  The Titans conclude their season with games at Kansas City on Dec. 26 and at Indianapolis on Jan. 2.

At 5-6, the Titans are tied with the Texans for third place in the division.  However, they are still within one game of the 6-5 Jaguars and Colts, who are tied atop the AFC South standings.  The Texans travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles this week, while the Colts host the Dallas Cowboys

A win this week would not only even the Titans' and Jaguars' records, it would give the Titans the head-to-head edge in a tie-breaker.  Earlier this season, the Titans won the first matchup with the Jaguars at Jacksonville on Monday Night Football.

The Titans have won two consecutive games in the series and six of their last eight contests against the Jaguars.

LAST WEEK

Last week at Houston, the Titans suffered a 20-0 shutout defeat to the Texans.  Rookie quarterback Rusty Smith made his first NFL start and completed 17 of 31 passes for 138 yards.  However, he was intercepted three times by Texans cornerback Glover Quin, and the Titans were unable to put points on the scoreboard for the first time since being shut out at New England on Oct. 18, 2009. 

THE JAGUARS

Since the Titans defeated the Jaguars in a Monday night game on Oct. 18, the Jaguars have won three out of five games to gain a share of the division lead.  They won three consecutive games before last week, when they traveled to New York and lost to the Giants by a final score of 24-20.  The Jaguars built a 17-6 halftime lead, but the Giants scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take the victory.

The Jaguars feature one of the NFL's best rushing offenses.  Running back Maurice Jones-Drew ranks fourth in the NFL with 991 rushing yards this season and has hit the 100-yard mark in four consecutive games.

TOYS FOR TOTS

Prior to the game, fans are encouraged to participate in the annual U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive.  New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off with members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve stationed outside each gate at LP Field.  All toys collected during the drive will be used in the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program and distributed to children in middle Tennessee.

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