Jacksonville Jaguars trending up in AFC South rankings ahead of Week 7

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16). (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16). (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /
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1. team. 35. . 4-2. . Tennessee Titans

The Titans beat the Jaguars and the BIlls in consecutive teams.

The Tennessee Titans had no trouble beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5 but the Buffalo Bills are a whole different deal. It was a close game but the Titans prevailed 34-31, and now both teams have an identical 4-2 record.

Keep in mind that the Bills are arguably the best team in the AFC. At worst, they are in the top three, so could make the case this was a statement win for Tennessee. Once again, running back Derrick Henry had a dominant game, racking up 20 carries for 143 yards with three touchdowns. He’s on pace to once again rush for over 2,000 yards.

Moving forward, the Titans need to decrease Henry’s workload. He’s currently on pace to tot the rock a staggering 459 times in 2021. It’s true that the season is now 17-games long but carrying the ball more than 400 times in a season is not a good recipe for long-term success.

Also, Tennesse needs to get more out of their offseason additions. Edge rusher Bud Dupree has been a non-factor in 2021 while injuries have slowed down wide receiver Julio Jones. Moreover, first-round pick cornerback Caleb Farley has only suited up for three games.

The Titans remain at the top of the AFC South but can they realisticaly keep up the pace? Can they win if other teams somehow manage to stop Henry? How about quarterback Ryan Tannehill? He has been bad but hasn’t been great either. The next few weeks will reveal a lot about this team.

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