When the Jaguars take the field Monday night against the Ravens, it’ll have been a little more than a year since the franchise’s last appearance on “Monday Night Football.” For Jacksonville’s sake, they’re hoping this time history doesn’t repeat itself.
Last season, the Jaguars hosted divisional rival Tennessee in a crucial Week 6 matchup. At the time the Jaguars were aiming to unseat the Colts from the top of the AFC South, a goal they nearly achieved until the final weeks of the season.
Against the Titans, however, things unraveled rather quickly. Tennessee scored early in the first quarter on a touchdown pass from Kerry Collins to Kenny Britt, before trouncing the Jaguars, 30-3. Jacksonville’s lone score was a third-quarter field goal by kicker Josh Scobee.
Statistically, last season’s loss wasn’t pretty, particularly in front of a national audience. Quarterbacks David Garrard and Trent Edwards each struggled, throwing interceptions and throwing for less than 150 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew was held in check for only 57 yards on 17 carries, while a 23 percent efficiency on third down left little chance for the home team to come away with the victory.
On the other side of the ball the Jaguars played just as poorly. Both Titans quarterbacks had success through the air, tossing three touchdowns, offering a complement to star running back Chris Johnson. The speedy Johnson rushed for 111 yards and a score, part of a collective effort that turned the ball over zero times.
The loss then put the Jaguars at 3-3, while a loss Monday to Baltimore would slide Jacksonville to its sixth straight loss and in danger of being passed by the Colts at the bottom of the AFC South.
Most of the faces have changed since last year’s Monday night debacle, but the Jaguars are struggling and what better spot to showcase a turnaround then on “Monday Night Football,” assuming it goes better than last time.