This has been the most offensive season in NFL history, but someone apparently forgot to tell the Jacksonville Jaguars that. They have played four games scoring seven points or fewer. They are 1-3 in them. One was Week 3 vs. the Titans, which was a painful-to-watch 9-6 Tennessee win – all field goals. Ryan Succop’s 38-yarder with just over four minutes left was the difference. Marcus Mariota didn’t start that game due to an ankle injury but relieved Blaine Gabbert and led three scoring drives. Total combined yards: 465. The Jaguars didn’t have an injured Leonard Fournette then and Blake Bortles was still the starting QB. He was predictably bad.
Fournette was suspended for Week 14 and the Jaguars played another game without any touchdowns as they ended the Colts’ five-game winning streak in a 6-0 snoozer. Total yards: 476. That’s the Jacksonville defense was saw last year. With Bortles benched, Cody Kessler got the start and was meh, going 18 of 24 for 150 yards for his first career win in his ninth start (previous eight with Browns). The Titans were on a short week and a bit flat in Week 14 but rallied past the Jets 26-22 to keep their wild-card hopes alive. Tennessee may need to win out to return to the playoffs. The Titans’ remaining schedule is pretty easy, Jags have covered just one of past six in the series.
PREDICTION: The Jaguars are exactly who they have been all year. No one! Plus bettors don’t even really know or realize how banged up the Jags are on offensive and defensive lines let alone starting a backup QB. The Titans need this game badly for the playoffs, are playing back to back home games (No travel on Short week) and should easily cover the -5.5 in this game.