The Jaguars will run the ball more the 40% of the time: FACT
Part of why I think Blake will have a decent looking stat line is that interim coach Doug Marrone will put an emphasis on running the football. That doesn’t necessarily mean they will be successful at it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a similar play-style to what Marrone did in Buffalo with Nathanial Hackett as his offensive coordinator.
Back then, Marrone had to manage his quarterbacks (EJ Manuel and then Kyle Orton), and he did so fairly effectively. The Jaguars don’t have nearly the talent at running back or offensive line that the Bills did back then, so it’ll be interesting to see how committed Marrone will actually be.
I expect 25+ carries combined for Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon.
This is the last chance for the Jaguars to win a game in Jacksonville (that’s astonishing) so there might be a little bit of motivation to not strike out completely in that sense.
Unfortunately, the players have not had a good relationship with the fans this year. Multiple players (ehem Allen Robinson and Malik Jackson) have openly complained about fans booing when the team is playing awful.
This Saturday, there’s a non-zero chance that the stadium is half empty with a sizable amount of Titans fans.
That and the still-jaded Mike Mularkey means another Jaguars loss.
PREDICTION: Titans 31 – Jaguars 20