Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said his team will not rest its starters during Sunday’s regular season finale at Tennessee, even though the AFC South champions are locked into the third seed in the playoffs and will host a game on wild card weekend, regardless of the outcome. "We are 100 percent all-in on winning this football game," Marrone told reporters Tuesday. That could be a bit of gamesmanship. But Vegas isn’t buying it, installing the Titans as early six-point favorites. Mike Mularkey is, and really, with the team’s playoff hopes and perhaps jobs on the line, what other choice do the Titans have than to prepare for Jacksonville’s best shot? “I would expect a full game plan, just like a game they have to win,” Mularkey said, pointing to the Jaguars’ 44-33 loss on Sunday at San Francisco. “I think coming off a loss, I’m sure they don’t want to go into the playoffs with another one. I would expect we’re going to get the best from them knowing Doug Marrone and Tom (Coughlin). I wouldn’t think anything less than that.” The Titans (8-7) have wilted over the final month of the regular season, losing three consecutive games to fall out of contention for the division title, but a victory against the Jaguars (10-5) will clinch a second consecutive winning season and send Tennessee to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They're in the mix for one of two wild card berths, along with the Ravens (9-6), Chargers (8-7) and Bills (8-7).
Titans expect Jaguars' best shot in regular season finale, despite playoff situation
Tennessean | Dec 28