National Football League
Preview
Jacksonville at Tennessee
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 31, 2017
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

For the AFC South champion Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday's contest against the host Tennessee Titans is nothing more than a tune-up for the postseason. For the Titans, it means much, much more, as they can clinch a wild-card berth with a victory.

Tennessee, which has gone eight straight seasons without a playoff appearance, needs to break out of its funk in a hurry as it enters the matchup having lost three in a row - including last week's 27-23 home setback against the Los Angeles Rams. The Titans also would reach the postseason with losses by Buffalo and the Los Angeles Chargers, but they may have to play their season finale without DeMarco Murray after the running back suffered a torn MCL versus the Rams. Jacksonville, which is locked in as the third seed in the AFC, will be fielding its starters as it attempts to avenge a 37-16 home loss to Tennessee in Week 2. The Jaguars lead the NFL in sacks (52) and rank second in points allowed (253) despite last week's 44-33 defeat at San Francisco.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Titans -3. O/U: 42

ABOUT THE JAGUARS (10-5): Leonard Fournette needs to gain 29 yards on the ground to join Fred Taylor (1,223) as the only rookies in franchise history to rush for 1,000. The 22-year-old from LSU also aims to record a rushing touchdown for the fourth consecutive game. Blake Bortles, who threw for a career-high 382 yards last week, has passed for 995 and nine touchdowns with only one interception in his last three visits to Tennessee.

ABOUT THE TITANS (8-7): With Murray's status in question, Derrick Henry is prepared to carry the load against the Jaguars. "I don't know how many carries I'm going to get," Henry, who leads the club with 693 rushing yards, told the team's website. "But I'm going to make the most of my opportunities, and it's all about how we execute those." In addition to Murray, Tennessee also could be without cornerback Logan Ryan, who missed the loss to the Rams with an ankle injury and has not practiced this week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Defense is not their only strong suit as the Jaguars top the league with an average of 145.3 rushing yards.

2. Tennessee S Kevin Byard is tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions.

3. Jacksonville DE Yannick Ngakoue leads the league with six forced fumbles.

PREDICTION: Jaguars 31, Titans 13
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Jacksonville 10-5 L1 27.1 16.9 6-2 4-3 8-4 0-0 - - 9-2
Tennessee 8-7 L3 21.3 23.1 5-2 3-5 7-6 0-0 - - 7-4
Last Meeting
Jacksonville Tennessee
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/17/17 TEN 37 JAC 16 310 99 211 390 179 211
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Jacksonville B. Bortles 58.8 223 1 2
Tennessee M. Mariota 55.6 215 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Jacksonville L. Fournette 14 40 2.9 1
Tennessee D. Henry 14 92 6.6 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Jacksonville A. Hurns 6 82 13.7 1
Tennessee D. Walker 4 61 15.2 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Jacksonville L. Fournette 1
Tennessee J. Fowler 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Jacksonville B. Bortles 61.3 3529 21 11
Tennessee M. Mariota 62.3 3098 12 15
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Jacksonville L. Fournette 249 971 3.9 9
Tennessee D. Henry 148 693 4.7 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Jacksonville K. Cole 38 715 18.8 3
Tennessee R. Matthews 52 788 15.2 4
Touchdowns Player TD
Jacksonville L. Fournette 10
Tennessee D. Murray 7