Tennessee Titans (3-2, 2-0 away) VS Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2, 2-1 home) @ EverBank Field on TSN, 8:30 PM ET
Line: TEN by 3
Reason to watch: The Titans have RB Chris Johnson, who’s the closest thing to Barry Sanders yet. Johnson may not be on pace for 2000 yards again this season, but he’s got 485 yards on 113 carries in five games, with a 4.3 yards per carry. CJ2K ran for 131 yards against the Cowboys with two TDs, averaging 6.9 ypc. On the same amount of carries two weeks ago against Denver, Johnson was held to 53 rushing yards on 2.8 ypc. Johnson was limited in practice on Saturday, but he’s officially listed as probable for tonight’s game.
Jacksonville’s defense is allowing 4.4 yards per carry and six rushing TDs this season. The Jags ranked 12th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (102.8). Johnson should see many eight man fronts tonight from the Jags, if the Titans o-line can create a hole, Johnson could have a big, big night.
If Jacksonville sells out to stop the Titans running game, expect QB Vince Young to look for second year pro WR Kenny Britt who has a knack for making big plays that result in touchdowns.
Britt is coming off his best game of the season, he caught four ball for 89 yards and one touchdown. The 30th overall pick in 2009 is a big dude at 6-3, 215 and requires a lot of attention from secondaries, if his heads in the game. Britt is only 22 years old, and has scored in the last three straight weeks.
Jacksonville has always had the little weapon, and now finally have the big one. When I say big, I mean big, TE Marcedes “The L-Class 89” Lewis is 6-6, 275 and is a powerful run-blocker and a really good outlet for QB David Garrard. Lewis has five touchdowns this season with three in the last two games.
Lewis is second on the team with receptions behind WR Mike Thomas (21) , Thomas gets a lot of tough yards that move the chains. The 5-8 Thomas will get line up against the scrappy but generously listed at 5-10 CB Cortland Finnegan.