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Tennessee Titans tab Joshua Dobbs to start must-win Week 18 game

Tennessee Titans' Joshua Dobbs

At 7-9 on the season, the Tennessee Titans still have a chance to grab a playoff spot in the AFC. Mike Vrabel’s squad is set to head to Duval to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on primetime this coming Saturday. The winner of this game will take the AFC South and earn a trip to the NFL Playoffs.

In the midst of a six-game losing streak, it’s surprising that Tennessee is even in this position to begin with. During his weekly Monday press conference, Vrabel made the obvious announcement that veteran journeyman Joshua Dobbs will start under center over rookie Malik Willis.

Dobbs, 27, got the start for Tennessee this past Thursday night and played pretty well despite losing to the Dallas Cowboys.

The former fourth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers had thrown all of 17 regular-season passes entering Week 17 since he joined the NFL back in 2017. He proceeded to complete 20-of-39 passes for 232 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

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Tennessee’s decision to start Dobbs came with Ryan Tannehill on injured reserve and the aforementioned Willis struggling big time through the air. The rookie third-round pick has thrown for all of 234 yards in three starts this season. Dobbs nearly matched that total Thursday night alone.

“In the end, it’s the same at every (position): Who gives you the best chance to win, to win one game. That’s where we’re at – that’s the only thing that matters, is winning one game, getting healthy, getting recovered and then winning one game, and finding out who is going to do that.”

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It now seems pretty clear that Tennessee views Dobbs as the quarterback who can help end this long losing streak while earning a surprise AFC South title Saturday night.

The Titans currently find themselves as near-touchdown road underdogs to Jacksonville. Wouldn’t it be something if Dobbs came in and led this team to a win?