The Jacksonville Jaguars have their eyes on another upset in Week 2 of the NFL schedule. They welcomed the Indianapolis Colts to Jacksonville last week and covered the spread and won straight up as an underdog. There was some magic from second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew in Florida.
He led the Jaguars to a 27-20 win behind a 3-touchdown effort. Minshew hooked up with three different targets to pace the Jags to a touchdown victory. The Jaguars have been regarded as the worst team going into the 2020 campaign, but didn’t look like it in Week 1.
Could this be a case of classic overreaction from the first week of the season, though? It might also be a case of Minshew just being an inconsistent quarterback. We’re all aware that Minshew looked good in spots last season, but also faded off and looked like a career backup other times.
With a year of experience under his belt, maybe we see Minshew start to find some more consistency in his game. Having said that, I’d like to see more out of the Jaguars before hyping them up at all. A solid performance on the road in Nashville would be a good step in the right direction. It doesn’t have to be a win. Play a competitive game here and it will be something to build on.
The Titans were on the road for Monday Night Football in Denver in Week 1. They did what they had to do to survive. The Titans pulled it out in spite of a horrific performance by kicker Stephen Gostkowski. He missed three field goals and an extra point, but was able to hit a chip shot late to give the Titans a 16-14 win. I was on the Broncos +3, so was glad to see Gostkowski struggle. Head below for our free Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans pick for NFL Week 2.
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Minshew passed for 21 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 60.6% completions as a rookie. He also ran with the ball for 344 yards on 5.1 yards per carry. Not too bad at all. Those are some terrific numbers for a rookie. That said, there was still an element of inconsistency from one week to the other. He could look great one week and pad his numbers, then look mediocre the next.
You do expect that from a rookie quarterback, though. I will give him a lot of credit for his effort on the road. Minshew threw 9 touchdowns with no interceptions. He has to complete more passes on the road, with just 55.9% completions, but it’s hard to complain about 9 touchdowns and no picks.
Minshew and the Jaguars catch the Titans on a short week, so that is an added benefit in this one. They did an excellent job slowing down the Colts’ running game, having conceded only 28 yards to their leading rusher, Nyheim Hines. It’s important to note that starting runner Marlon Mack had to exit the game after rushing for 26 yards on 6.5 yards per carry. 6.5 yards per carry is a nice little pop.
The Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the NFL against the run in 2019. They gave up 139.3 yards per game, with only four teams below them in that regard. The Colts were getting something out of Mack before he got injured. After the Broncos bottled Derrick Henry up at the line on Monday night, expect Henry to have a big game.
In their meeting in Nashville last year, Henry rushed for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8.4 yards per carry. Ryan Tannehill didn’t have to do much with that production from his feature back, but he also chipped in with 2 touchdowns through the air and on the ground. The Titans ultimately won the ballgame by a score of 42-20 after losing the first meeting in Jacksonville earlier in the season. All I can see is a letdown spot for the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.
The Titans slept walk last week, as expected, and should look much crisper in Nashville away from the thin air in Denver. They will be in front of two fans, yes two fans on Sunday. There was a promotion run in Nashville and two lucky fans will be in attendance. They should expect to see the Titans with a much smoother operation than last week. After fading the Titans last week, I’m riding with the Titans to win and cover in their home opener against the over confident Jaguars.