5. What’s your prediction for the game?
"28-21, Titans win. That is the average of both teams over the last three weeks of the season, and I don’t expect either team to have a huge change over a short week. The Titans will run the ball on a defense that is tied for 20th in the league in rushing TDs allowed and who are allowing 109.8 rushing yards per game. The Jaguars will probably have some big plays in the passing game, but I would imagine that they will have to funnel through Allen Hurns which might be fine for both teams given Allen Robinson’s struggles this year. Jacksonville is allowing nearly 3 sacks per game, and the Titans have the third most in the league with 20 (also nearly 3 per game) so that pressure may be the deciding factor in this game."
Solid analysis from Will and I don’t disagree with any of it, except for the notion he has of the Jaguars having big plays in the passing game. That hasn’t happened in recent weeks and nothing Blake Bortles has done over the last few games indicates the offense can generate chunk plays on a reliable basis. Marcus Mariota will likely “get right” this game against a Jacksonville defense that’s completely disenchanted with their head coach, while the Tennessee defense will gain confidence against the broken, shell of an offense that eviscerated them last year.
Are the Jaguars going to show up and put up a decent fight tomorrow night? Check out my “Friday” Fact or Fiction column tomorrow to find out.