Titans Must Be Ready For "Fist Fight"

Tennessee hosts Jacksonville in a must-win game Thursday night

Ferrall On The Bench
December 06, 2018 - 9:01 am

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The Titans (6-6) host the Jaguars (4-8) in an AFC South showdown Thursday, and Tennessee must win to keep its playoff hopes alive.

“The Titans need to rise up and play well,” Titans writer Jim Wyatt said on Ferrall on the Bench. “This is a division opponent. It’s always kind of a slugfest when these two teams play. Jacksonville knocked them out of the playoffs at the end of the 2016 season, so they’ll be coming in here wanting to win and waning to get a little payback for some previous games. The Titans have to be ready for a fist fight.”

The Titans have had an odd season. Depending on your perspective, they’ve either won three of five or lost five of eight. Both are correct.

“I think the Titans are going to have to run the table to get into the playoffs,” Wyatt said. “That would get them to 10-6. If the Titans lose a game between now and the end of the season and finish at 9-7, they’re going to be in trouble.”

The Titans have some winnable games over the final month of the season. After Jacksonville, they play the Giants (4-8) on the road and host Washington (6-6) and Indianapolis (6-6).

Mike Vrabel has had a solid first season, but consistency remains an issue.

“I like Vrabel, and I think the players like him, too,” Wyatt said. “They respect him. He’s done it before. He kind of knows when to ease back, and he kind of knows when to push. He’s got to figure out a way to keep this team consistent and to play well week in and week out. He hasn’t been able to figure that out yet. He said it himself: it’s been tough understanding how the Titans can go from looking so good against Dallas and losing so good against the Patriots and then losing so bad against Buffalo and Baltimore and Indy. They’ve got to figure out a way to do it on a consistent basis.”