The Tennessee Titans are experiencing miseries similar to the Jaguars'. Both teams are 2-4 and both have injured star running backs.
Tennessee's Eddie George may not be in the starting lineup for the first time in his pro career. George is favoring knee, thigh and ankle injuries from Monday night's loss in Pittsburgh and is listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game, though coach Jeff Fisher's remarks to the media Tuesday would indicate George is not likely to play.
"We're going to prepare as though Eddie George is going to play," Coughlin told reporters at his noon press conference today.
Jaguars star running back Fred Taylor is listed as "out" for Sunday's game, which means Taylor's string of absences will reach five games. He hasn't played since suffering a severe groin injury in the second quarter of the Jaguars' week-two win over the Titans.
Fisher told reporters the Titans may have to lean harder on the team's passing game, which has never been the team's strength. Quarterback Steve McNair and his receivers are ranked 24th in the league, five spots higher than a running game that has limped through the early season.
"The thing you have to worry about is if Steve McNair decides to run. You're not going to tackle him around the waist," Coughlin said of McNair's scrambling ability, which has hurt the Jaguars in the past.
"These are two very good teams that need to get a win right now," quarterback Mark Brunell said.
Brunell would seem to hold the key to the Jaguars' success this Sunday. Last Sunday, in Baltimore, Brunell threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns, as the Jaguars turned hard to their passing attack and it responded with its best effort of the season.
Making matters worse for Tennessee is a pass-defense that is ranked 30th in the league.
"I saw that today. I was, like, wow!" said wide receiver Keenan McCardell, who had no idea the Titans defense had fallen that hard.
But that's been the case, largely the result of injuries that have decimated the Titans' secondary. Free safety Blaine Bishop is listed as "questionable" with foot and hand injuries, and strong safety Aric Morris is "questionable" with a knee injury from the game in Pittsburgh.
Starting cornerback Dainon Sidney and safety Bobby Myers were lost for the season in the season-opener, but cornerback Samari Rolle has returned from his week-four neck injury.