Jaguars vs. Titans: Establishing the run early, other keys to victory in the finale

• The Jaguars will face the division foe Tennessee in the finale

• They need to win to make the playoffs and win the division

• Here are 3 keys to victory in the finale

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) outpaces Tennessee Titans defensive tackle
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) outpaces Tennessee Titans defensive tackle / Corey Perrine / Florida Times-Union /
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The Jacksonville Jaguars secured a winning season for the second year in a row when they beat the Carolina Panthers in Week 17. This is the first time they've achieved the feat since 2004-2005. They'll have a chance to accomplish a couple more milestones if they beat the Tennessee Titans in the finale. Besides making the playoffs in back-to-back seasons (the first time since 1999), they'll have the opportunity to win the AFC South in consecutive years, something they've never accomplished before.

If making the playoffs and winning the AFC South wasn't enough incentive heading into Week 18, facing the division rival Tennessee will do. Although the Titans were eliminated from playing contention a while back, they'll be incentivized to knock the Jaguars out of the playoff picture one year after getting eliminated themselves in the 2022 season finale.

All things considered, this won't be an easy game and if the Jags want to come out on top, they'll need to play clean, avoid miscommunication, limit penalties, and wrap up tackles. Also, these three keys will help them beat the Titans.

3. Make Evan Engram a focal point of the offsense once again

Despite dealing with lots of injuries on offense, Evan Engram has remained a reliable target for the Jaguars. While Engram may not be able to break the team's single-season record for catches, he should still get lots of passes his way.

There's a chance Christian Kirk will play Sunday. As of this writing, he's set to be activated off of Injured Reserve where he's been the past four weeks after suffering a core injury. Kirk usually plays in the slot, and his presence will draw coverage away from Engram in the middle of the field. That will present plenty of favorable opportunities for whoever starts at center, whether it's Trevor Lawrence or C.J. Beathard.