The Jacksonville Jaguars are 4-8 this season and haven’t fared much better in their divison, posting a 1-2 against AFC South clubs. They will next face the Tennessee Titans, a team they haven’t beaten since 2019. Head coach Doug Pederson met with the local media Wednesday and talked about the importance of division games.
“It’s important”, Pederson said. “You gotta be able to win your division. You got to be able to take care of your business there. This is a good division. Obviously, Tennessee’s on top right now, and everybody is chasing them, and a lot of times, even in the offseason, you focus on your division opponents a little bit, and then spend time sort of studying them but when you get into the regular season, I do believe the mindset changes a little bit”.
Both Jacksonville and the Titans are coming off losses and they’re dealing with important injuries that could potentially influence the outcome of the game. With that in mind, here are five Jaguars who must perform in Week 14 to have a shot at beating Tennessee:
No. 5 Jaguars player who must perform in Week 14: Devin Lloyd, LB
After a strong start to the 2022 season, linebacker Devin Lloyd lost his starting job to fellow rookie Chad Muma. However, Muma suffered an ankle injury against the Baltimore Ravens and has already been ruled out for Week 14.
Before getting benched, Lloyd struggled in coverage and seemed to have hit a rookie wall. But it’s possible that his time on the sidelines has helped him process the game better and a strong outing against the Titans could help him get his job back, or at minimum see more playing time.