Focus on rushers in Titans, Jaguars showdown

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

The Tennessee Titans (3-2) have a little swagger about themselves these days coming off a big win in Dallas a week ago.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) escaped an ugly football game in Buffalo with a victory as well.

But none of that matters Monday night as both teams won't be looking past the guy in the backfield looking to run the ball down their respective throats.

For the Titans that will be Chris Johnson who isn't having the MVP-type year of a season ago, although Johnson didn't really start putting up the impressive numbers last season until after Week 6.

Johnson, despite sitting out most of training camp, is averaging just under 100 yards a game through the first five contests and has six touchdowns.

Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew, who has been playing with plenty of bumps, bruises and lingering injuries this season, is averaging just over 80 yards rushing a game and has just a single rushing touchdown.

The most recent time these teams met, on Nov. 1 in Nashville last season, both romped for a pair of big TD runs. Johnson's came from 52 and 89 yards while Jones-Drew took them in from 80 and 79 yards. It was the first time two backs combined for four rushing TDs all from 50 yards or longer.

Johnson and his Titans won the battle with his 228 yards bettering Jones-Drew's career-high 177 in a 30-13 win.

Unfortunately both main attractions are also banged up. Johnson sat out Thursday's practice with a sore thigh while Jones-Drew added a sprained right wrist to his list of ailments last weekend in Buffalo. Both rushers will play, however, and, banged up or not, will be the focus of the night.


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