Two of the better defensive NFL teams in the AFC meet on Sunday, when Tennessee visits Jacksonville in an early contest. Both teams are in the top 10 in defensive yards per point and both are in the top half in scoring defense. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end. The Jaguars are 6-3 and leading the AFC South. Tennessee is bringing up the rear in the division with a 3-6 record. The Titans vs Jaguars highlights will look at the defenses. But whichever team can get the offense untracked will be tough to beat in this one, where Jacksonville is favored by 7 with a total of 40.
Day/Time: Sunday, November 19, 1:00 pm ET
Location: EverBank Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida
Line: Jacksonville -7 | Total: 40
Titans Heading in Wrong Direction
Tennessee began the football season well enough, but the Titans have lost four of their last five games. The Titans have moved from 2-2 to 3-6 in a hurry. Tennessee isn’t a whole lot better against the spread, going 4-5. The Titans don’t run the ball too poorly. But they don’t stick with it. Tennessee averages 4.3 yards per carry, but only run the ball 24.7 times per game. The Titans throw the ball 30.2 times per game and complete 59.9% of their passes for 6.1 yards per pass attempt. Tennessee is gaining 291.7 total yards per game.
The Titans have been pretty good on defense, allowing 20 points per game to teams scoring 22.1 points. Tennessee allows 110.6 rushing yards per game and is giving up 227.4 passing yards. But the Titans have made teams work for their points, allowing one point for every 16.9 yards allowed.
This is pretty much a National Football game the Titans have to win if they want to get back in the playoff chase. They trail the Jaguars by three games, but can cut it to two with a victory. With a lot of football remaining to be played, anything is possible the second half of the football season.
Jaguar Winning Streak Comes to a Quick Halt
Jacksonville had won and covered five straight games heading into last week. But their run came to an end in ugly fashion, as the Jags were beaten soundly by San Francisco, 34-3. The NFL scores show that was easily the worse loss of the season for the Jaguars.
It’s hard to find a lot of fault with Jacksonville for being 6-3. Remember, they were just 9-8 last season when they made the playoffs. They should top that this season. But Trevor Lawrence didn’t make the jump many were predicting, so the Jaguars are struggling a bit on offense. The team is averaging 21.8 points per game. You would expect a few more points with Lawrence and company. The rushing game has been pretty quiet and the passing game isn’t anything to get excited about.
Jacksonville’s defense hasn’t been bad. They’ve had a couple of poor games and give up some points on a consistent basis. But for the most part, they’ve been able to keep teams from scoring a lot of points. The Jaguars have allowed 20 or more points in six of nine games. But Jacksonville is still 4-5 in totals.
What to Expect
One of the Titans vs Jaguars highlights will be the rushing defenses, so it’s hard to imagine either team running the ball a lot. Both appear to have their best opportunity for moving the ball on the ground. That should be the way they look to go. Jacksonville has the better passing offense of the two, which it should considering the Titans are starting rookie Will Levis. Like most rookies, Levis has made some good plays and also made some rookie mistakes when he’s been in the game.
Who to Bet On?
This is a key game for both teams. The Titans need a win to remain within striking distance in the division. The Jaguars have to win to maintain their lock on the division lead. All four teams in the AFC South are bunched up record-wise, making the division resemble the old AFL standings when two or three teams had a chance late in the season.
The Jaguars have played better on the road than they have at home, which makes it tough to use Jacksonville as one of your NFL picks against the spread. But the Titans are 0-5 on the road this season.
The defenses are going to be among the Titans vs Jaguars highlights and the under 40 makes the most sense in this game.