NASHVILLE —* After enjoying a hard-earned victory last week over the Dallas Cowboys, the Tennessee Titans (3-2) take to the road for a crucial divisional bout with the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) on *Monday Night Football. Kickoff at EverBank Field (capacity 67,246) is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CDT on Monday, Oct. 18.
The first of two annual Titans-Jaguars matchups looms large in the AFC South standings. After five weeks, the Titans, Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans are all tied with 3-2 records. The Titans will not play another divisional contest this season until they play five of their last six games against AFC South foes, beginning Nov. 28 at Houston.
THE BROADCASTESPN will broadcast the game to a national television audience. In the Nashville market, the game can be seen on WKRN News 2. Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties, while Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden will provide color commentary.
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, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
Westwood One Radio Sports will carry the national radio broadcast. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color commentary) and Tony Boselli (sidelines) will provide the call.
LAST WEEKLast week against the Cowboys, rookie Marc Mariani's 73-yard kickoff return helped set up Chris Johnson's second touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which gave the Titans a 34-27 victory. Johnson totaled 131 yards on 19 carries to notch his 19th 100-yard rushing performance in 36 career games. He has 100 or more rushing yards in seven consecutive road contests, and with 485 rushing yards in 2010, last year's rushing king ranks second in the NFL behind Houston's Arian Foster (562).
Vince Young, who completed touchdown passes to Nate Washington and Kenny Britt against the Cowboys, totaled 173 passing yards and did not throw an interception for the third consecutive game. His passer rating of 95.1 ranks 10th in the NFL in 2010.
Meanwhile, Tennessee's defense notched six sacks and three interceptions against a potent Cowboys offense. The Titans recorded six sacks in consecutive games (they also recorded six sacks against Denver on Oct. 3) for the first time since 1982, and they lead the NFL with 22 sacks in 2010. Jason Babin ranks first on the team and fifth in the NFL with a career-high 5.5 sacks this season.
The Jaguars, who visited Buffalo last week, rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half to beat the Bills by a score of 36-26. Quarterback David Garrard passed for three touchdowns, including two scoring strikes to tight end Marcedes Lewis, and Josh Scobee made five field goals in the Jaguars' second consecutive win. They have victories this season over the Bills, Colts and Denver Broncos, and they have lost to the San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles.
TITANS RETURN TO MONDAY NIGHTThis is the Titans' only appearance on Monday Night Football in 2010. They have won two consecutive games on Monday night, both against divisional opponents—a 31-21 victory over the Colts in 2008 (Oct. 27) and a 20-17 win at Houston in 2009 (Nov. 23). All-time, the Titans are 19-16 in Monday night games, including an 8-6 record under head coach Jeff Fisher. The only other Monday night game between the Titans and Jaguars occurred on Oct. 16, 2000 in Jacksonville, a game the Titans won 27-13.
The Jaguars are 7-5 all-time on Monday night, including a 6-2 mark at EverBank Field.