Titans to Host Jaguars on Thursday Night Football

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans (6-6) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) this week on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff at Nissan Stadium (capacity 69,134) is scheduled for Dec. 6 at 7:20 p.m. CST. 

This is the second of two annual meetings between the AFC South rivals. They met in Week 3 in Jacksonville, a game the Titans won by a final score of 9-6. 

THE BROADCAST

The game will be nationally televised on NFL Network and FOX, including Nashville affiliate WZTV FOX 17. The broadcast team includes play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, analyst Troy Aikman and sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink.

Amazon Prime Video users can stream the FOX broadcast, as well as a separate commentary featuring play-by-play announcer Hannah Storm and analyst Andrea Kremer. Prime Video provides additional British English (Ross Dyer and Tommy Smyth) and Spanish (Jorge Perez-Navarro and Oscar Benitez) announcer teams.

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 Dave McGinnis, sideline reporter Amie Wells and gameday hosts Rhett Bryan and
Jonathan Hutton.

Additionally, Westwood One Sports will broadcast the game to a national radio audience. Play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle and analyst Mike Mayock will have the call.

TITANS ENTER FINAL QUARTER OF SEASON

Thursday night marks the Titans' second of four December home games. The first came last week, when they earned a come-from-behind, 26-22 victory over the New York Jets. The Titans trailed 16-0 in the first half and 22-13 in the fourth quarter before the comeback. 

Marcus Mariota completed a go-ahead, 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Corey Davis with 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. It capped an 86-yard series that qualified as Mariota's 12th game-winning drive in four NFL seasons, including playoffs. His eight game-winning drives since the beginning of the 2017 season are tied with Case Keenum's total for the most in the NFL.

 The Titans defense, which is ranked ninth in the NFL overall (340.9 yards per game allowed) and sixth in passing defense (221.2), did not allow the Jets offense to reach the end zone—New York's lone touchdown came on an interception return. Cornerback Malcolm Butler sealed the victory with an interception in the closing seconds.

The win helped the Titans keep pace in the AFC playoff race. The Houston Texans lead the AFC South with a 9-3 record, ahead of the Colts and Titans at 6-6 and the Jaguars at 4-8. The Titans are one of five AFC teams with a 7-5 or 6-6 record. 

Following their matchup with the Jaguars, the Titans will travel to face the New York Giants (Dec. 16) before finishing the regular season at home against the Washington Redskins (Saturday, Dec. 22) and the Colts (Dec. 30).

THE JAGUARS

The Jaguars were at home last week and snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 6-0 shutout of the Colts. Two field goals by Josh Lambo provided the game's only scoring, as the Jaguars defense, which ranks third overall in the NFL this season (315.6), forced two turnovers and limited the Colts to 265 total yards. The Jaguars began the season 3-1 before enduring the seven-game skid. 

The Jaguars earned a 10-6 record and a division championship in 2017 under head coach Doug Marrone. In his first full season as the team's head coach, Marrone led Jacksonville to its first division title since 1999 and its first playoff appearance since 2007.

ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE

 Prior to this week's 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 of the gates at Nissan Stadium. 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.

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