Few people would have thought the Jaguars would be atop the AFC South at any point this season, but the Jags were the only team in the division that picked up a win in Week 1. The Titans hope to bounce back from their loss last week, but they’ll need to end a trend of underperforming when visiting Jacksonville.
Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Point Spread: Titans -1.5 Date: Sunday, Sept. 17, 1:00 PM ET Location: EverBank Field – Jacksonville, Florida
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Titans opened as 2.5-point road favourites (-125) on the Sports Interaction NFL odds board.
Tennessee is 2-6-2 against the spread in its last 10 games versus the Jags and 0-4-1 ATS in its last five trips to Jacksonville. The Titans are riding a three-game losing streak and the Under has cashed in five of their last six contests. The Under is also 6-1 in the last seven meetings between these two sides in Jacksonville.
Things are a little brighter for the Jaguars. Jacksonville is 1-0 entering the second week of the season for the first time since 2011. Dating back to last season, the Jags are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games as well. The Over is 5-1 in the Jaguars last six games.
Nearly 75 percent of Sports Interaction customers like Tennessee to cover the spread against the Jaguars, while 72 percent think the game will go Over the 43-point total.
Head coach Mike Mularkey will look back at the game against the Oakland Raiders last week and wonder why his team didn’t run the ball more. The Titans own one of the best offensive lines in football, according to Pro Football Focus, but carry a 2:1 pass/run ratio on offense after Week 1.
Establishing the run will be vital for Tennessee, especially considering Jacksonville’s pass rush produced 10 sacks last week.
The Jags used to let quarterback Blake Bortles fling the ball all over the field, but his leash has been cut short. He nearly lost his starting job in the preseason and Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone is just asking his signal caller to hand the ball off to running back Leonard Fournette as often as possible.
Fournette was impressive in his pro debut rushing for 100 yards and one touchdown. Backup tailback Chris Ivory chipped in with another 42 yards and the Jags finished the game with 155 yards total on the ground.
Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction
Titans 23-Jaguars 19