- The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-2 on the season.
- The Tennessee Titans are 1-1 this season.
- The Titans have won seven of the last 10 games against the Jaguars.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thursday Night Football brings us an AFC South divisional matchup, as the Tennessee Titans travel south to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Both teams have stout defenses and offenses that have struggled to put points up on the board. The Titans currently have a four-game winning streak against the Jaguars, and they look to continue their dominance against a familiar division rival.
USA online sportsbooks favor the Titans (-1.5) to get their fifth straight win in a row over the Jaguars. The O/U for this game is 38. In what should be an offensive struggle for both teams, the under is the best bet and historical trends agree. The total has gone under in seven of Tennessee's last nine games when playing on the road against Jacksonville.
It hasn’t been the smoothest start to the season for the Jaguars, as they already had some key injuries, while their best player has also requested a trade. The Jaguars are led by sixth-round draft pick Gardner Minshew because of the injury to starting quarterback Nick Foles.
Minshew has been solid in his first NFL games, as he has completed 77.6% of his passes, thrown for 488 yards, and passed for three touchdowns through two games. Although the Jaguars have yet to win a game, Minshew has shown he can keep the team competitive.
The Jaguars need a win badly on Thursday as they’ve dropped 12 of their past 14 games and find themselves 0-2 for the first time in coach Doug Marrone's three-year stint. Also, this game could be the last time we see Jalen Ramsey in a Jacksonville Jaguars jersey, as he reportedly asked for a trade earlier in the week.
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In order to keep pressure off their quarterback, the Jaguars will need to keep handing the ball off to third-year running back Leonard Fournette.
The Titans have dominated the Jaguars as of late winning six of their last seven games against their division rival. Marcus Mariota has been a major part of the Titans wins over Jacksonville and so far this season, he’s thrown for 402 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions through two games.
As a team, the Titans have yet to turn the ball over all season and have a league-low 11 penalties called against them. Not turning the ball over will be crucial to beating a Jaguars defense that thrives on forcing offenses into making mistakes.
Tight end Delanie Walker has been the Titans leading receiver with nine receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns and he will have to continue to be Marcus Mariota’s security blanket. The Titans will also lean heavily on running back Derrick Henry. Last year, Henry increased his fandom and notoriety when he broke off a 99-yard run against the Jaguars in a game where he finished with 237 yards and four touchdowns on only 17 carries.
Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. EST and can be seen on NFL Network.
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