Who: Jaguars (4-8) at Titans (6-6)
When: Thursday 8:15 p.m.
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville
Spread: Titans by 5 1/2 points (Courtesy Vegasinsider.com)
Can Fournette jump-start the offense?
The only real key that matters for Jacksonville in this matchup is can they get something going with running back Leonard Fournette back on the field. Fournette, who was suspended for one game last week by the NFL for his involvement in a fight in the Buffalo loss two weeks ago, is the best offensive weapon the Jacksonville has. He has missed parts or all of nine games now this season and they are a different-poorer offense, when he is not there.
Yes, the Jags are going to backup quarterback Cody Kessler, and he could not muster a single touchdown last week in the 6 – 0 win over the Colts. A big part of that will be if Fournette can help move the chains and or make some big plays in rhe run game and set up the play-action for the Jaguars against the Titans.
Both defenses in tonight’s game want to be opportunistic. However, Jacksonville’s defense has only created 13 takeaways so far this season which is tied for 21st in the NFL. And even worse, is Tennessee’s measly 10 takeaways that have them in the 29 spot.
It’s fair to say that: if either one of these teams can get a couple of takeaways in this game, they’re going to have a great chance to win it. The flip side of the plus-minus ratio is the Tennessee has only given the ball away 14 times to this point in the year, while that number is 23 for Jacksonville.
Will it be the deciding factor tonight? Quite possibly.
Can the Jaguars break through on the Titans?
Even in their playoff season a year ago, where they won the AFC South, the Jaguars couldn’t solve Marcus Mariota Derrick Henry and the Titans in either game. In both losses Tennessee used the same formula of running tough playing good defense and stymie Jacksonville.
So, as you can imagine, the Jaguars are tired of hearing about and being asked about not being able to beat the Titans. That only changes if they put together a good performance and get a victory on Thursday Night Football tonight.
A seven-game losing streak has put Jacksonville out of playoff contention, but Tennessee is still alive for an AFC wild-card at 6 – 6. And, the Jaguars would like nothing better than to mess it up for their AFC South rivals.
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