By: Bryce Wadsworth
Tonight we have Tennessee (1-1) traveling to Jacksonville (0-2) for a tough divisional matchup. The game has big stakes, with both teams looking for their first divisional win of the season- which can go a long way when looking to make the playoffs. However, both teams have been shaky thus far this year, so there are a couple things that need to happen for both teams if they want to secure a W tonight.
Titans Offense: After a week one explosion against the Browns, the Titans offense halted last week against a young, Colts defense. Mariota struggled and was under pressure frequently. He barely got over the 150 yard mark and only had one TD. On the other hand Derrick Henry looked dominant, yet was not given the ball nearly as much as he should- even as the Titans held a late lead over Indy. So look for a heavy dose of Derrick Henry as Tennessee will look to play to their strengths against a solid Jags defense.
Jaguars Defense: The Jags defense really showed out last week, holding a lethal Houston offense to just 13 points. In reality, defense could have won Jacksonville the game, but a failed 2-point conversion at the end of regulation put them on the wrong side of the win column. Also, recent Jalen Ramsey trade rumors may be heating things up in the locker room, but for tonight, it is being said that, Ramsey will suit up and play- so we will see how it plays out.
Titans Defense: Tennessee’s defense has been fairly solid over the first two games. They held Cleveland in check, and successfully stalled a usually potent Colts offense in back to back weeks, but have only came out with one win so far. Tonight, the defense needs to stay hot in order to put the team in any sort of position to win the game.
Jaguars Offense: This offense has been really odd so far. After losing starter, Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew has come in and not been bad. He’s completed a surprising 77.6% of he passes, while adding 488 yards and 3 TDs. The odd part is their use of Leonard Fournette. With a revamped offense, and an RPO style offense to suit Foles, it was not crazy to expect that Leo would be more involved, but he has struggled (in my opinion). He has an underwhelming 4 yards per carry and is only averaging 14 touches a game. I really think the Jaguars need to balance out their offense in order to get things rolling.
Prediction: I would have to think Jacksonville takes one at home tonight. Expect a heavy defensive battle with a lot of smash-mouth, power running from both offenses. With that, Jacksonville has the better run weapons, and a far superior defense. So I have to say:
Jags win 17-13