A key AFC South battle to start the season features the Jaguars and Titans tangling at LP Field. Both teams made the playoffs last season with double-digit win totals and look to do the same in 2008. After winning the starting job from incumbent Byron Leftwich in the preseason, quarterback David Garrard passed for more than 25-hundred yards and 18 scores in just 12 games for the Jags.
Ageless running back Fred Taylor topped the 1,000-yard mark for the seventh time in his 10 seasons with 1,202 yards on the ground and five touchdowns. Maurice Jones-Drew provided plenty of support with nearly 800 yards and nine scores of his own. Reggie Williams was the hot receiver for Jacksonville with 10 touchdowns. Tennessee looks for continued growth from third-year QB Vince Young. Always dangerous with his legs, Young threw just nine TD passes while getting picked off 17 times in 2007.
The Titans won their final three games to finish 10-and-6 and get into the playoffs, where they lost at San Diego in the first round. LenDale White provides support in the backfield, having rushed for more than 11-hundred yards and seven scores a year ago. The Titans and Jags split two games last year.