Jaguars face the Titans: Three bold predictions
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars can gain some momentum as their start the final quarter of their season with a win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.
The formula is simple. Beat the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars will have done something they have not accomplished since the first two weeks of the NFL season. They will have won back to back football games.
As hard as that seems, it just magnifies how awful this season has been for the Black and Teal and how simple things create hope for a strong finish to 2018. This is a team that could easily be 8-4, even with major injuries on the offensive side of the ball, had they been able to play better offense and move the football.
Enough of the excuses. Enough of the finger-pointing. This is a pivotal game for both teams. Jacksonville must find a way to beat their AFC South rival, a team that has had a chokehold on this franchise the past three games. The Jaguars get their star Leonard Fournette back from a one-game suspension tonight.
More from Jacksonville Jaguars News
- Jacksonville Jaguars should welcome Derrick Henry into the kingdom
- Jaguars Rumors: Trent Baalke seems to be getting respect now
- Jaguars News: This division rival might be making a big move
- Former Jacksonville Jaguars S Johnathan Cyprien: “New Profession, Same Standards”
- Jacksonville Jaguars TE Evan Engram officially gets the franchise tag: 3 takeaways
It could be the difference in momentum for the month of December or a return to questioning everything this team has done all season.
Here are three bold predictions for tonight’s game.
A 300-yard passing game – Cody Kessler did not challenge the Indianapolis Colts secondary much last week. Whether that was by design or the new starter under center didn’t see opportunities.
This week, he may be able to challenge the defense a bit more, thus opening the running game up for a big night. Kessler would become an instant hero in Jacksonville if he can play efficient football, throw for 300 yards and secure a victory.
To that end, it would be nice to see another Jaguars wide receiver go over 100-yards in catches in Nashville. Could there be a Keelan Cole sighting tonight?
Three rushing touchdowns – This might be the prediction that comes true. Fournette had his best game of the season two weeks ago against Buffalo. His 95 yards and two touchdowns would have been better had he not thrown a punch and been ejected.
Now, back for the stretch run, can Fournette run to daylight? The offensive line does a better job of run blocking, so this might be the path Scott Milanovich travels in calling this game. A steady Fournette will also mean the Jaguars control the clock and keep the Titans offense off the field.
Playing at home – Jalen Ramsey has proven the past three weeks why he is the best in the game. This is a “home” game for him, having grown up in Tennessee. Will he rise to the occasion once again and deliver?
I have been watching Ramsey on and off the field and think maybe he is beginning to mature and as a leader. There is no doubt playing in front of family will inspire him. Is it possible we get another two-interception game from 2.0?
The secondary played its best game of the season last week as a whole. This week could be even better.