Tennessee Titans Face Must Win Scenario in Week 17

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Week 17 is simple for the Tennessee Titans. Win, and they’re in. They will be hosting AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars. Tennessee will hope to repeat the beatdown they issued in Week 2 when the two teams faced off in Jacksonville. Let’s take a look at some key points surrounding this game.

What will the Jags do?

With a playoff spot clinched and the AFC South locked up, many are wondering if the Jaguars will rest some of their starters this week.

This is interesting because the Jags really have nothing to lose from this game. The only benefit from defeating the Titans this week is potentially knocking them out of playoff contention, so they do not have to play them in the wild card round.

It would seem smart for the Coach Doug Marrone to rest his starters in preparation for the playoffs, but if there is bad blood between these rivals, look for Marrone to go head-first at Tennessee to eliminate them and avoid a wild-card weekend matchup.

Demarco Murray Limited Sunday

Titans running back Demarco Murray suffered a knee injury in last Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the Rams, leaving him either unlikely to play or limited vs. the Jaguars.

Certainly, no one ever wishes injury on an athlete, especially such a talent as Murray. However, Titans fans have been so anxious for Derrick Henry to carry the ball more than he has recently, and it seems he is going to get the full workload against the Jags Sunday.

Henry had his 2nd most carries all year when the Titans played the Jags in Week 2, and he fared well with 92 yards and a touchdown to go with a receiving touchdown.

Here is a short breakdown of Henry vs. Murray this season.

Understandably, Titans fans should be upset Henry has not been getting the rock very often in the past few games.

What if the Titans Lose?

There is not a single Titans fan who wants to see their team lose for the fourth straight time and more than likely miss the playoffs, but there is some good news. The Titans can lose this Sunday and still obtain a playoff berth.

As you can see, the Bills and Chargers will have to lose for the Titans to still get in. An 8-8 season would be terribly disappointing considering the expectations for this year, but the playoffs are the playoffs. Everything resets when they begin. Kickoff for this Sunday is 3:25 Central in Nashville.

About Christian Wilkinson 21 Articles
My name is Christian Wilkinson and I am from McMinnville, Tennessee. I’m a sophomore at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and am undecided on a major. I love Tennessee sports, (Titans, Vols, Preds) & I also have been a Cleveland Cavaliers fan since I was old enough to watch.

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