A great deal of pride is on the line Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. when the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to face their AFC South rival, the Tennessee Titans.
The Jaguars have a stranglehold on one of the top two picks in April's NFL draft with a 2-13 record, while the Titans will likely be picking from somewhere in the top 10 as they currently sit at 5-10.
After getting slaughtered on the road by the Green Bay Packers in a 55-7 rout last week, the Titans will be playing to prove to their fanbase that there's still hope for next season and beyond.
Jacksonville fans, meanwhile, may not mind a loss, as it would get them closer to the top pick in April's draft.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know about this showdown.
Where: LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.
When: Sunday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL.com
Spread Info: Titans (-4), courtesy of Bovada
What's at Stake?
The Jaguars still have a chance to get the top pick in the 2013 draft, as they're tied at 2-13 with the Chiefs, but Kansas City will have to pull out an improbable victory over 12-3 Denver to go along with a Jags loss Sunday for that to happen.
So it looks like the Jaguars will likely end up with the second overall pick regardless of this game's outcome, which isn't too bad of a consolation.
Titans coach Mike Munchak is certainly on the hot seat, as owner Bud Adams doesn't seem too happy with his team's recent performance (per NBC Sports). While beating the Jaguars may not be enough to save his job and support in Music City, a beatdown win might help people forget about last weekend's debacle.
Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper
Start: Chris Johnson
After a slow start, Chris Johnson went from a top fantasy performer to a flex player that many owners were afraid to put in a starter's role.
But he's shown in the last six weeks of the season that he can still be counted on by fantasy owners. Big-play CJ2K is still around, as evidenced by his 94-yard score on Monday Night Football just two weeks ago.
Sit: Nate Washington
Tennessee wide receiver Nate Washington has gotten better and better since joining the Titans, but that trend won't continue Sunday.
The Jags have done a better job of guarding receivers of Washington's skill set and tendencies in recent weeks, which will make it hard for Washington to find ways to get open for big plays.
He may still help Jake Locker move the chains a bit, but don't expect Washington to make any long catches or touchdown grabs Sunday.
Sleeper: Kenny Britt
Titans star receiver Kenny Britt hasn't completely returned to his early-2011 form, but he has still made a difference this season and has helped the team out when it has struggled. One of those instances was the last time these two teams played.
Britt only had three grabs for 25 yards, but one of them was a much-needed touchdown catch when the Titans went to Britt again, and again, and again on the goal line.
Now healthier, Britt could really explode in this game and be available for the big plays. We already know they trust him in the red zone.
What They're Saying
If you follow the Titans, you know that owner Bud Adams isn't always the voice of reason and often likes to jump the gun on things. But it's hard to ignore his latest comments.
Adams told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean that Munchak and his staff are going to have some explaining to do after the season to defend why their team played so poorly through the 2012 season.
I like Mike, I really do. But liking him and getting the job done are two different things. If he is not getting the job done, that is what I have to find out. Right now, we are not looking very good. Something is wrong and I want to find out what the problem is and what needs to be done to fix it.
At the age of 89, it's understandable that Adams is impatient with his team's performance and wants to see a major turnaround. Every Titans fan joins him in that regard. But he also has to remember this is a young team with a young quarterback and a beat-up offensive line.
I'm not saying Munchak needs more time, but there is a lot more going on in Nashville than mistakes by the coaching staff.
Titans Player to Watch: Chris Johnson
Although Gregg Rosenthal of NFL Network reported that the Titans expect to retain Chris Johnson and take on his massive pay day, it's still important to watch CJ2K to see if he's showing enough promise for Titans fans to continue the belief that he's the franchise player.
With the money going CJ's way, he should be playing at a level that makes the team believe it can win if it gives him 25 carries. But as hasn't been the case at times in the last two seasons, giving him that many carries usually translates to stalled drives and dancing around in the backfield.
Johnson has shown glimmers of his old self at times this season and has rushed for 1,000 yards, yet again. But he'll have to keep proving he earns the money that's being put into his bank account every month.
Jaguars Player to Watch: Chad Henne
Who knows when the quarterback carousel will stop spinning in Jacksonville?
Despite a mediocre season, Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne had one of his best games of the season against the Titans the first time these two teams played.
If he can channel his former self and pull out another solid performance, it may give the organization reason to keep him around for 2013 and beyond. While he may not be a starter, he could lock up a backup spot or give another team reason to sign him.
For Henne and a lot of players, Sunday's game is an audition.
A lot of bad football will be played in LP Field on Sunday as two of the league's worst teams are playing. But the Titans just happen to be a little less bad.
Look for one of the more uglier games of the season to end in a home team victory.
Titans 23, Jaguars 17
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