2. The Jaguars defense needs to also stop Ryan Tannehill.
The Jaguars’ defense has done a good job of containing opposing offenses in the first half in recent weeks. However, they end up breaking in the second half. Although it’s not entirely their fault, they need to play a complete game against the Titans.
It will be key to stop Derrick Henry but devoting too much attention to him could backfire, as quarterback Ryan Tannehill could have plenty of time to throw the ball. The Jaguars need to pressure him often and force him into making mistakes. Working in their favor is the fact that the Titans’ offensive line has allowed a staggering 17 sacks this season. Also, offensive tackle Taylor Lewan has been listed as questionable for the game with a toe injury. Although he’s had a relatively bad year, not having him would be a blow for Tennesse.
The Titans will also be without wide receiver Julio Jones, who has already been ruled out for the game. That could give the Jags a slight edge and help them focus on A.J. Brown. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin will probably be asked to travel with him. The 2019 Pro Bowl nod hasn’t allowed a touchdown reception in 2021 and should be able to win one-on-one matchups against Brown.
Also, the Jaguars’ defense must force at least one turnover. They need to give the offense as many opportunities as they can to score.