JACKSONVILLE – Here’s this week’s Setting the Table: Storylines and stuff to watch as the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) prepare to play the Tennessee Titans (4-4) at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday…
That has been the goal all season for the Jaguars, and if the prospect became tougher late last week, it doesn’t make the objective any less important.
The Jaguars are 0-8, coming off two of their most one-sided losses of the season – 24-6 at home to San Diego and 42-10 to the San Francisco 49ers in London – and late last week, they received news that made their situation all the more difficult:
Blackmon, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2012 Draft, emerged as the Jaguars’ best player in the four games he played since returning from a season-opening suspension. He gave a struggling offense a lift, and accounted for nearly 30 percent of the team’s offense during that span, but last Friday it was announced that Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely, without pay.
That means the Jaguars will play Sunday without their last three first-round selections in the starting lineup, with Blackmon having been suspended, offensive tackle
Henne is expected to make his sixth start of the season, and his fourth in succession. His first four starts this season came with Gabbert out with injuries, but he started against San Francisco in London with Gabbert healthy enough to play. That’s expected to be the case again Sunday.
Henne has completed 132 of 218 passes for 1,450 yards and three touchdowns with five interceptions this season.
The Titans (4-4) have been inconsistent since a solid start, but a 28-21 victory at St. Louis on Sunday kept them within range of the AFC playoff chase. The Titans’ fortunes this season largely have depended on the availability of quarterback Jake Locker, the No. 8 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft who has developed into a solid starter this season. The Titans won three of four games with Locker playing early, and lost to Kansas City and Seattle when he missed the starts with a hip injury. They have split their last two games since his return, losing to San Francisco and beating St. Louis. He has completed 107 of 174 passes for 1,232 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions. The Titans also rank 14th in the NFL in rushing and 12th in NFL in total defense, with a plus-six turnover differential.
The game at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., at 1 p.m. Sunday will be broadcast regionally on CBS and locally on WTEV-TV CBS-47. Bill Macatee will be the play-by-play voice with analysis from Steve Tasker.
Early matchup to watch
Titans running back Chris Johnson versus Jaguars middle linebacker
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What to watch
*The Jaguars will be without Blackmon for at least the rest of the regular season, which moves first-year veteran