The Tennessee Titans (4-6) will travel to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) in an AFC South showdown between two struggling teams hoping to revitalize their seasons.
Tennessee currently sits two games behind the second-place Indianapolis Colts (6-4) and five games behind the division-leading Texans (9-1). And although the Titans are not yet mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, a postseason appearance is highly unlikely.
Their hopes have basically receded, but they can still take joy in making life miserable for division rivals, and they'll have every chance to do so against Jacksonville this Sunday.
As for the Jaguars, their one win in 10 games has made an already distant fanbase even more apathetic, and the absence of RB Maurice Jones-Drew over the last four weeks has dismantled any shred of offensive consistency.
The Jaguars need another win, and they need one now. A home-field stand against the division rival Titans will give a demoralized team a bit of pride, even if the feeling doesn't last.
At first glance, watching a game between two teams with a combined 5-15 record does not sound appealing, but it gives us a chance to see what the younger players on each team are capable of.
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
When: Sunday, November 25, 1 p.m. ET
Watch: CBS, DirecTV 710, NFL Sunday Ticket (Live Stream)
Listen: Sirius 112 (Tennessee), Sirius 106 (Jacksonville)
Spread: Tennessee -3 (Bovada)
The one-win Jaguars have been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, making them the obvious underdogs, but the four-win Titans have not been impressive enough to warrant heavy favoritism in the spread.
Their first three wins of the season have been by a combined margin of seven points, which makes a modest three-point nod fairly accurate.
However, the Titans' 37-3 thumping over Miami last weekend makes the "over" an attractive option, assuming the Titans can carry that momentum into Jacksonville.
It's possible their victory over Miami was a freak occurrence, but it was too thorough to ignore.
Over/Under: 43.5 (Odds Shark)
The limited offensive capabilities of these two teams make the current 43.5-point line seem a little inflated at first glance.
The Titans have averaged a modest 21.9 points per game, while the Jaguars rank second-to-last in the NFL with just 16.4 points per game.
However, recent performances by both teams have upped the expectations.
Tennessee scored 37 points against a solid Miami defense last Sunday, while the Jaguars also put up 37 points in their loss to the Houston Texans, who possess one of the better defenses in the NFL.
You can't expect both teams to repeat that kind of production, but it's likely at least one of these teams will carry that momentum over and have a similar performance this Sunday.
Jacksonville Jaguars Injury Report (ESPN)
RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Foot)
FB Greg Jones (Thigh)
CB Rashean Mathis (Groin)
Tennessee Titans Injury Report (ESPN)
RB Jamie Harper (Ankle)
Note: Injuries last updated on Tuesday, November 20. The first official injury report of the week will be released on Wednesday, November 21 and can be viewed at NFL.com.
WR Kenny Britt (Tennessee Titans)
Kenny Britt was well on his way to becoming one of the fantasy steals of the season in 2011, but a Week 3 knee injury ended his season prematurely.
Some fantasy owners predicted he would return in 2012 and pick up where he left off, but with zero 100-yard performances and just one touchdown on the season, Britt has been somewhat of a disappointment.
But according to ProFootballTalk, the Titans have been attempting to give Britt a bigger role in the game plan.
Titans in search of utilizing Kenny Britt more effectively wp.me/p14QSB-6oI9— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 14, 2012
With the Tennessee offense beginning to show production as of late, the emergence of Britt could be right around the corner.
WR Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Justin Blackmon—Jacksonville's top-10 draft pick last April—was a game-changer in college and widely viewed as the top receiver of his draft class, but the development was sluggish through the first nine games of the season.
Blackmon had just 26 catches for 250 yards in the first nine games, but he was able to shock everybody with his dominant performance last Sunday against Houston.
In that game, he had seven catches for 236 yards—nearly doubling his total yardage on the season—and he also found the end zone for the second time this season.
It's too early to determine if this is the true Justin Blackmon, or if it was merely a fluke. But it's still something to keep an eye on.
RB Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans)
Chris Johnson sat at the top of every fantasy owner's wishlist following his 2,006-yard performance in 2010, but gradual decline has resulted in criticism.
Johnson is no longer the top running back in football and a guaranteed top-three pick in fantasy leagues, but he still has value as a starter.
Johnson is still averaging over 100 yards from scrimmage per game (100.8) and needs to be in your lineup every week, regardless of the criticism.
Last season, we saw the winless St. Louis Rams put a beatdown on the the playoff-bound New Orleans Saints. So while it's true that anything can happen in the NFL, it's generally easy to predict a game involving a one-win team.
The Titans have been in a steady decline over the last several years and are struggling to show consistency, but they do have solid wins over the Steelers, Lions and Dolphins.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars' only win came against the Colts during Week 3, but it's doubtful they would be able to repeat that performance against a more experienced Andrew Luck.
The Titans will have the disadvantage of being the visiting team, but that should be irrelevant. This is an easy opportunity for the Titans to pick up their fifth win of the season.
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