Ti­tans des­per­ate to keep play­off hopes alive against Jaguars

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Teresa M. Walker AP Pro Foot­ball Writer

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) >> The Jack­sonville Jaguars al­ready have fallen quickly, from be­ing a win away from their first Su­per Bowl berth in Jan­uary to last in the AFC South in De­cem­ber.

The Ten­nessee Ti­tans des­per­ately want to avoid join­ing them as a one-and-done play­off team, es­pe­cially af­ter sweep­ing the Jaguars last sea­son.

“That’s some­thing we can’t al­low to hap­pen,” Ti­tans de­fen­sive line­man Jur­rell Casey said. “We want to keep them where they’re at — at the end of the divi­sion and leave them there. We got to make sure we take care of our part. At the end of the day, we can’t worry about them. We have to worry about our­selves be­cause we ain’t played so hot this year our­selves.”

That’s very true. The Ti­tans (6-6) had to rally from 16 points down to beat the Jets 26-22 to snap a two-game skid. Ten­nessee likely needs to win out and get some help with four teams be­tween the Ti­tans and the sec­ond AFC wild-card berth they earned last sea­son.

The Jaguars (4-8) may not be math­e­mat­i­cally fin­ished just yet af­ter snap­ping a seven-game skid with a 6-0 shutout of An­drew Luck and the Colts last

end. Cody Kessler now has a start un­der his belt, and run­ning back Leonard Four­nette will be back from sus­pen­sion, too. But the Jaguars have lost three straight and five of the last six to Ten­nessee.

“Three straight times?” Jaguars line­backer Telvin Smith said. “Dang. We’re go­ing to go out and make sure we get the win. That’s all we’ve got to fo­cus on.”

Some things to know about the Jaguars and Ti­tans:

FOUR­NETTE RE­TURNS

Yes, Four­nette is back af­ter a one-game sus­pen­sion with­out pay , which cost the sec­ond-year pro nearly $100,000. Get­ting that ex­tra time off could pay div­i­dends con­sid­er­ing most ev­ery­one else on the field played four days ear­lier. The Ti­tans also have al­lowed 281 and 156 yards rush­ing over the past two games.

“Four­nette should be very fresh and have a lit­tle pep in his step, and hope­fully he can give us a spark that we need,” Jaguars de­fen­sive tackle Calais Camp­bell said.

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