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NFL week 16 Thursday Night Football open thread: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

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There are four teams in the NFL right now with 2-12 records, two of them in the AFC South. Prepare yourself for a shower of... sparkles... as they face off tonight.

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Bad though the 5-9 Chicago Bears may be, the two teams appearing on the final Thursday Night Football broadcast of the 2014 NFL season are worse and combine for one fewer win than the Bears have managed this season on their own.  Are you ready for some football?

The two teams previously met in week 6, a game that the Tennessee Titans won 16-14.  Since then the Titans have lost eight in a row (they beat the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 at Arrowhead in the opening weekend) and have lost both Jake Locker - part of the possibly cursed[*citation needed] 2011 draft that saw quarterbacks Cam Newton, Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder taken in the first round - and rookie Zach Mettenberger to injury.  Cometh the hour, cometh the man: that man is Charlie Whitehurst.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have fared a little better in terms of having won two games since the first meeting with their divisional rival, thrashing the Cleveland Browns 24-6 at home in week 7 and squeaking out a 25-24 win over the visiting New York Giants in week 13.  With rookie first-rounder Blake Bortles learning on the job, can the Jags ride that momentum to a third win?

Your barely-contained excitement at what promises to be quite a game is understandable but, as Schweickert would say: Open Thread Responsibly (Tm).