Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans: Friday Fact or Fiction
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off their best defensive performance of the season last week against a potent Pittsburgh Steelers offense, and the team is hoping they can put together a complete performance as they travel to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans.
Coming off a brutal loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Titans appear to be in flux with Jake Locker out and Charlie Whitehurst expected to take the starting snaps. The Jaguars have a prime opportunity to get their first win of the season and of rookie Blake Bortles‘ career.
With all that in mind, here are my rock solid predictions for this week’s game:
The Jaguars defense will cause at least 3 turnovers: FACT
The Jaguars defense only has 4 turnovers this entire season, with 3 of them coming against a hapless Nick Foles in week 1. The Jaguars finally got another turnover last week on a strip-sack of Ben Roethlisberger, and I expect them to cause a few more this week. Charlie Whitehurst has 5 interceptions and 5 fumbles over a very limited career, and the Jaguars defense is feeling confident after essentially shutting down the Steelers last week. Expect the defensive line to get pressure and the Jaguars to get a few interceptions and fumbles.
Denard Robinson will have at least 15 rushing attempts: FICTION
With Toby Gerhart out this Sunday, Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson emerge as the top candidates to get the football out of the backfield. One would expect Robinson to get most of the looks given his experience in the offense, but Storm Johnson looked terrific in his limited snaps last week. Additionally, the Jaguars just haven’t run the football consistently this season. The Jaguars have 95 rushing attempts in 5 games – that comes out to only 19 rushing attempts a game.
Marqise Lee will catch a touchdown pass: FACT
Marqise Lee is finally coming back from an injury this week, and he’ll be getting his first regular season playing time with fellow rookie Blake Bortles. Lee and Bortles hooked up once in the final game of the preseason and it was glorious. Hopefully we’ll see something similar in Lee’s first game back.
The Jaguars have a prime opportunity waiting for them in Tennessee. The Titans will be without their starting quarterback and running back in Locker and Shonn Greene. The Jaguars defense is coming off a terrific performance, and Bortles is getting a few of his weapons back on offense. This is the week the Jaguars get off the schneid.
PREDICTION: Jaguars 27 – Titans 23