Jacksonville Jaguars struggle to move up AFC South rankings

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
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. Tennessee Titans. 1. team. 35. . 3-2

The Titans sit at the top after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars.

You will have a hard time finding someone who would take a great loss over an ugly win, and the Titans won’t apologize for leading the AFC South in spite of their shortcoming. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been average, and the defense has had trouble stopping the pass and the run. They still have running back Derrick Henry but they can’t hand him the ball on every play even if they wanted to.

Compared to other division leaders in the AFC, such as the Buffalo Bills, the Los Angeles Chargers, and the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee doesn’t look like a contender. In fact, they look like a team that could be one-and-done in the playoffs. Then again, the Texans, Colts, and Jaguars would surely like to trade places with the Titans.

Also, the Titans have been dealing with injuries. Outside linebacker Bud Dupree isn’t at 100 percent. Wide receiver Julio Jones missed the Jaguars’ game in Week 5 and A.J Brown didn’t play in the one before. Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan hasn’t been his usual self either. It’s possible that Tennesse gets hot later in the season but things could go either way. The next few weeks will be key.

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