Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Year of Change Nets Same Result

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Year of Change Nets Same Result

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Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer

After an up-and-down season, the Jaguars find themselves in the same position they were a year ago at this point: 6-8.

After their 29-15 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals, they are shooting for a sweep of their final two games and a .500 mark.

Just like last year, they're home for the 15th game and on the road for the finale.

Last year, they lost non-division games to Kansas City and Chicago to finish 6-10.

This year, they host the Tennessee Titans and play at Indianapolis in division games.

Just like last year, the 15th game is likely to be blacked out on TV. Last year, the Kansas City game was the third home game blacked out. The game drew 59,536 fans.

There are still 7,000 tickets unsold and the Tennessee game will be blacked out if they're not sold 72 hours before kickoff, which is 1 p.m. Thursday.

When the Jaguars made the deal with Winn-Dixie for the grocery store to give away unsold tickets, they didn't include the Redskins, Steelers and Titans games in the package.

The franchise thought those three games would produce sellouts. The Redskins had the lure of Steve Spurrier's return and the Steelers and Titans are two of their best rivals.

The Redskins game sold enough tickets to lift the blackout and Winn-Dixie amended the deal to give away 2,000 tickets for the Pittsburgh game. The Titans' game, however, could be the fourth blackout in the franchise's eight-year history.

Since they drew 46,267 for the Cleveland game a week ago, there is speculation this week's game could produce the smallest attendance total in team history. The previous low was 45,653 for the Cincinnati game in 2000 when there was a threat of bad weather.

Despite all that, coach Tom Coughlin, who gave the players yesterday off because they ended their three-game losing streak, insists the Jaguars will have a home-field advantage. …

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