It was a thrilling Week 10 for myself here at The Sports Geek, finishing strong with a 4-1 record. The Under in Monday night’s game looked like a winner from the opening kickoff and we’ll try and keep that momentum going again in Week 11 as we start things off with a heavyweight tilt between the Titans and Jaguars! Kidding, of course. But still, it’s NFL football and there is money to be made. Despite the poor run of things from these teams in recent seasons, there’s still lots of intriguing talent on both sides of the ball and players to keep an eye on. The battle between Marcus Mariota and Blake Bortles could be fascinating as two of the game’s youngest and brightest quarterbacks face off in this divisional showdown. Jacksonville is fresh off a nice win last week vs. the Baltimore Ravens, while Tennessee enters a banged-up group that fell apart late to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. This game won’t mean much by way of playoff positioning, but draft seeding, bradding rights, betting and fantasy sports all remain on the line! Read on below for some insight into this Jags/Titans showdown and an official prediction.
Titans vs. Jaguars Betting Odds:
Tennessee Titans +3 (-115)
@ Jacksonville Jaguars -3 (-105)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Titans vs. Jaguars Pick:
Yes, Jacksonville enters this contest with some momentum on their side following a nice win in Baltimore in Week 10. But still, this is an awful football team with a surprisingly brutal defense that can and should be beaten most weeks. Short weeks are always difficult, but they can be much tougher when your star players are banged up. That’s precisely the case for the Jags as both T.J. Yeldon and Allen Hurns will be playing this game at less than 100%. Yeldon was in a walking boot a few days ago, but even still the Titans boast a sturdy run defense and moving the chains on the ground won’t be likely on Thursday night. Tennessee has held three of its last five opponents to under 65 total rushing yards. It’s also worth noting that the Titans have a very strong pass rush and will be able to disrupt Bortles in the pocket. This combination doesn’t bode well for Jacksonville and look for Tennessee to really be able to assert their will here.
On the other side of the football, look for Mariota to pick up where he left off against the Saints two weeks ago. Jacksonville’s defense wasn’t supposed to be this bad, but it is. They’ve currently got big holes in their secondary, and Mariota should be able to expose this. Even though some of his key receives are out injured, such as Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright, expect Dorial Green-Beckham to have a big game in their absences. Even short dump-offs to guys like Dexter McCluster out of the backfield should prove effective against the Jags. Expect a solid showing from Tennessee on the road on Thursday.
The Jaguars are worse than their already bad record indicates. They really haven’t taken the next step at all, and many of their successes this year can be attributed to getting lucky or awful errors on behalf of the other team. Tennessee’s victory vs. the Saints was the best win either team has had in 2015, and with Mariota under centre this looks like a solid NFL club. Tennessee enters playing some solid football in all aspects, and match up well to exploit Jacksonville’s key weaknesses. Roll with the Titans getting a field goal to start Week 11 off right.
PICK = Titans +3 (-115)