by Frank Martin
Jacksonville looks for its first home victory of the season Sunday afternoon as it hosts Tennessee in an AFC South contest. The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a near-upset win facilitated by a change at starting quarterback. Chad Henne took over for the injured Blaine Gabbert and had Jacksonville up 14 on the Houston Texans with 12 minutes to play, but the Jaguars fell apart down the stretch in dropping a 43-37 overtime decision.
The Tennessee Titans had a week off after dismantling Miami 37-3 in their most complete performance of the season. Tennessee has quietly won three of its last five games but needs to go on a serious run to get into the wild-card picture. The much-maligned Chris Johnson is sixth in the NFL with 852 yards rushing and has topped 100 yards in three of his last four outings. He'll face a Jaguars defense allowing the fourth-most rushing yards per game in the league.
Tennessee Titans (4-6): Jake Locker returned to the starting lineup in the win over the Dolphins. He was an economical 9-for-21 for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee had four takeaways in the game, including a 49-yard interception return for a score by Colin McCarthy. The win was a huge response from the Titans following an embarrassing 51-20 loss at home against the Bears. After that game, owner Bud Adams put the team on notice - saying changes would occur if things didn’t turn around quickly. Tennessee then delivered the biggest loss the Dolphins had suffered at home since its third season.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9): An injury to starter Maurice Jones-Drew gave Rashard Jennings a chance to man the backfield. With Jennings doing little, Jacksonville has turned to third-string running back Jalen Parmele. The Toledo product ran for 80 yards last week on 16 carries against Houston. Jones-Drew has missed four straight games with a foot injury and remains questionable. Henne threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns against the stout Houston defense. Henne is the starter moving forward - barring injury - after Gabbert was placed on season-ending IR.
1. The Titans rank 31st in scoring defense, allowing 31.1 points per game.
2. Jacksonville allowed Houston QB Matt Schaub to throw for 527 yards and five touchdowns last week.
3. Gabbert is set to undergo shoulder surgery.
NFL Football Prediction: Jacksonville 24, Tennessee 21.
blaine gabbert - bud adams - chad henne - chris johnson - colin mccarthy - jacksonville jaguars - jake locker - jalen parmele - matt schaub - maurice jones-drew