The storyline around the Jaguars this week is squarely focused on quarterback, and when quarterback is in the discussion, there’s always a buzz.
Henne, who signed with the Jaguars as a free agent this past offseason, earned the position with a 354-yard, four-touchdown performance this past Sunday in relief of
Mularkey said Monday Gabbert is questionable entering the week, but said the decision to start Henne was based on performance, and that he will start Sunday whatever Gabbert’s status.
Henne on Sunday threw touchdown passes of 81 yards to
The Jaguars entered the game No. 32 in the NFL in total offense, No. 31 in passing, and hadn’t scored 30 points in a game this season.
The Titans (4-6) have won three of five games, keeping alive outside hopes of an AFC wild-card spot after a 1-4 start. Jake Locker started the season at quarterback, but missed five games with a shoulder injury. Veteran Matt Hasselbeck played in his place, with the Titans losing three of five during that span. The team was on pace through nine games to set an NFL record for points allowed in a season, and allowed 30 points in seven of the first nine games. Owner Bud Adams told the Nashville Tennessean that the entire football operation was being evaluated following a one-sided home loss to the Bears on November 4. The Titans responded with a 37-3 victory two weeks ago over Miami, a game in which Locker returned to the lineup and threw two touchdowns. Tennessee was off this past week.
The Jaguars-Titans game at EverBank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. will be broadcast regionally on CBS and locally on WETV CBS 47 (Channel 6). Spero Dedes will be on play-by-play with Steve Beuerlein on analysis.
Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak says
“We have to win a lot of football games, but if we do, we’re right in the middle of this thing. We have to win. You need the right teams to lose along the trail. But ultimately, we have to find a way to win two games in a row, three games in a row, and so on. We haven’t won a division game yet, and we have three here in a row, so we have to start winning them.”
Early matchup to watch
Titans running back Chris Johnson versus middle linebacker
Player to watch
Justin Blackmon, wide receiver. Blackmon, the No. 5 overall selection by the Jaguars in the 2012 NFL Draft, struggled through the first nine games of the season, catching 26 passes for 259 yards. With Henne throwing downfield more, Blackmon took advantage, catching seven passes for 236 yards Sunday – the second-highest single-game receiving yardage total in franchise history and the most since Jimmy Smith’s 291 yards against Baltimore in 2000. Blackmon, who averaged a franchise-record 33.7 yards per reception, had been practicing and preparing well in recent weeks, according to Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey.
What to watch
*Cornerback Will Middleton sustained a blow to the head Sunday and was in the concussion program as of Monday, Mularkey said.