When the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday from TIAA Bank Field, fans in Black and Teal should pay close attention to these three players.
The Jacksonville Jaguars has some unfinished business to take care of this weekend when they face the Tennessee Titans. Two losses last season and the only team in the AFC South to beat the division champions, this is the kind of game the home team must come out and make a statement.
Players know the importance of continuing to win games and beat divisional opponents when they have the opportunity. This is a big game for both teams and arguably Jacksonville’s biggest rival in the NFL.
When asked about playing the Titans on Sunday, Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey said the game with Tennessee is the most physical of any other team they face on the schedule.
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"“It is probably realistic. They are a very physical team, but we are, too. They had our number last year for sure, but we don’t try to live in the past. We are not going to continue to talk about that,” he said on Thursday when he met with the media.“That is not something we are using as motivation, I would say. We are pretty self-motivated. We motivate each other internally. This is a game we do feel like we have to go out there and be physical, take it to them and do whatever we have to do to win this game.”"
It’s early in the season, but winning the first divisional game is crucial to the success of both teams. The Jaguars are a far superior team on paper, but execution is what is going to win this game. If that is to happen, here are three players to watch on Sunday from TIAA Bank Field.
Leonard Fournette should be back in the lineup Sunday. After being held out of the game against the New England Patriots, it’s time to see if the injured hamstring holds up.
Fournette was held to 40 and 69 yards in the two losses last season. Can he help re-establish the run game for Jacksonville and help this team got out early and put this game away?
If Fournette has 100+ yards on Sunday, it should be a long afternoon for the Titans defense.
Josh Wells moves into the starting lineup now that Cam Robinson is hurt. He played well last week against the Patriots. Lining up next to Andrew Norwell this week, Wells will be asked to play another week of consistent football.
Wells has been inconsistent at times when called upon and did not have the best training camp. If the Jaguars do go back to a more run-oriented offense, will he need help from tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in blocking schemes to stop the Titans pass rush?
This might be the most watched position this weekend.
I know it’s only the third game of the season, but Yannick Ngakoue does not have a sack so far in 2018. Is this the game the third-year defensive end has his break out moment?
Defensive coordinator Todd Wash does not need to change the game plan to get Ngakoue more involved. Just the opposite.
The Titans have a solid offensive line if both starting tackles play.
If Ngakoue is facing reserve competition, this could be the week we see multiple sacks from No. 91. The third-year defensive end is due for a huge game.