Monday, October 18, 2010
Can Jags keep slowing down Vince Young?
A preview of the Monday Night Football game between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars (coverage begins at 7 ET, ESPN).
Vince Young is 4-2 in six starts against Jacksonville, but the Jaguars have limited him in those games to only 3.2 yards per carry on 40 runs. And Young's passing numbers are pedestrian: 56.7 percent completion percentage, 5.45 yards per pass, four touchdowns, eight interceptions and a passer rating of 58.7. According to The Elias Sports Bureau, Young's passer rating is the lowest for any quarterback against Jacksonville in Jaguars history (minimum: 150 pass attempts).
Other notes from The Elias Sports Bureau:
• Young has passed for 200 yards or more in a game only 12 times in his career, but he may be poised to do so tonight. The Jaguars have allowed at least 200 yards passing in each of their last 13 home games, tying an NFL record. The only other team that's allowed at least 200 yards passing in 13 straight home games was the Houston Texans, from 2003 to 2005.
• Rashean Mathis has six interceptions in 13 games against Tennessee: two off Steve McNair, one off Matt Mauck and three off Young. Mathis is the only NFL player with three picks off Young.
• Nate Washington has a touchdown catch in each of his last four regular-season games against Jacksonville: Two with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007 and 2008, and in each game with the Titans last season. Three other players (Carl Pickens, Jermaine Lewis and Eric Moulds) have caught touchdown passes in each of four straight games against Jacksonville; no player has done it in five consecutive games.
• Titans' running back Chris Johnson has run for 100 yards or more in each of his last seven road games, matching the second-longest such streak in NFL history. Barry Sanders had a 10-game streak over 1996 and 1997, and Marcus Allen had a seven-game streak with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1985-86.
• The Titans defense had six sacks against the Denver Broncos two weeks ago and six more in their win over the Dallas Cowboys last week. The last NFL team to produce at least six sacks in each of two straight games had been the New York Giants, early in 2008. Only one team in the past 20 years did that in each of three consecutive games: 1999 St. Louis Rams did it during their 13-3 regular season en route to beating the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.
• Barring a tie in tonight's game, there will be 13 teams in sole possession or tied for first place in their divisions. That will be the highest total in any season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The next-highest total was 12 teams with at least a share of first place through six weeks in 2008.
• And last, but certainly not least, the team that has won the coin toss on Monday Night Football this season is 6-0.