Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
Date and Time: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Week 8 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Titans -3.5, 44
Jaguars vs. Titans TV Coverage: NFL Network
Numerous talking heads and respected NFL minds expected the Jacksonville Jaguars to build upon last year’s springboard season and have a say in how the AFC South shook out this season. Through seven weeks of the regular season, it’s already safe to say those predictions will not come to fruition. At least not until the offense finds a way to get out of its own way and starts blasting scoreboards with points.
Seriously, how the heck did Allen Robinson manage just two receptions last week against the absolute worst pass defense in the league? That should not be happening. He’s a surefire top 10 receiver. If the coaches can’t find a way to get him the ball at least once every three downs, they need to find another job. The Jags have killed their fantasy and betting backers all season long. There’s no excuse for the offense to be averaging less than 20 points per game a year removed from making huge strides on that side of the ball.
It’s highly likely the Titans are going to rue the day they allowed Andrew Luck and the Colts to waltz into their stadium and control the game throughout after falling into a 6-0 hole almost immediately. The defense was mostly to blame with it allowing Luck to rip it apart for 353 yards and three touchdowns. Only mustering a pair of sacks against one of the worst pass protecting offensive lines in the league didn’t do the team any favors either.
Tennessee now ranks in the bottom third of the league in yards per play on both sides of the ball. Demarco Murray is in the midst of a bounce back campaign, but Tennessee has shown limited ability to move the ball through the air. It’s passing for less than 218 yards per game (No. 27), and it will likely only be a matter of time until Derrick Henry is forced into action with Murray likely breaking down after being forced to take on such a heavy workload.
Player to Watch
Blake Bortles – The Jags gunslinger needs to get his head out of his behind. He’s only had two 300-plus yard games and each of them occurred the first two weeks of the season. Since then, he’s thrown for 194, 207, 271 and 246 yards. Jacksonville has a horrendous rushing offense to begin with, but it’s been made all the more worse due to the offense’s inability to light it up through the air.
Tennessee just allowed T.Y Hilton to gouge them for 133 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. If Bortles can’t find a way to get the ball to his WR1 in this matchup, there seriously might not be any hope for this team, or the coaching staff, moving forward.
Jaguars vs. Titans Free Picks
Since going into Miami and dominating the Dolphins, the Titans have not impressed. They almost allowed Cleveland to storm back from a 28-13 fourth quarter deficit to win the game, and then they were unable to hold on for the win against the Colts up 23-20 with just over six minutes remaining. Jacksonville has already beaten Indy this season. I believe they’re much better than their record indicates. If they’re to have any shot of getting back in it, this game against a divisional opponent must be won.
They’ve taken two of the last three meetings with Tennessee and covered the closing odds at BookMaker.eu in four of the last six with two pushes. Look for the Jags passing attack to finally find its groove and come up with a couple big plays needed to push them over the top.
Jaguars vs. Titans ATS Pick: Jaguars +3.5 at BookMaker.eu
Jaguars vs. Titans Score Prediction: Jaguars 23 – Titans 20