The Jacksonville Jaguars last faced quarterback Ryan Tannehill when they beat the Tennessee Titans in Week 14 of the 2022 season. It might not have seen like it at the moment but that could turn out to be the last time the Jags played Tannehill, who's currently dealing with an ankle injury. In his place, rookie Will Levis will start at quarterback for Tennessee in Week 8.
Tannehill suffered an ankle injury in Week 6 and is expected to miss four to six weeks. If that's the case, Levis will most likely start against Jacksonville in Week 11. A first-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2013, Tannehill joined the Titans in 2019. Originally pegged as the backup, he would eventually replace an ineffective Marcus Mariota in the starting lineup.
As a member of the Titans, Tannehill played the Jaguars six times and went 5-1, completing 70.1 percent of his passes for 1,352 yards with 11 touchdowns and one interception. All things considered, that's a pretty good record. His only loss against Jacksonville came last year in Week 14. He went on to suit up for two more games before missing the rest of the season.
With Tannehill expected to miss time, Levis, a second-round pick in this year's draft will make his debut against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8. Although Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said both Levis and second-year pro Malik Willis play, the former will likely get the nod given how ineffective the latter was when he filled in for Tannehill.
Up until this week, Levis has been a healthy scratch. It's possible that the Titans thought Tannehill gave them the best chance to win or maybe they didn't want to thrust the rookie passer into action before he was ready. Either way, they're going to soon find out what they got in him.
The tide is turning for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC South
Now, many things can happen between now and Week 11 but there's a strong chance the Jaguars will face Will Levis. Then again, the Titans could go back to Ryan Tannehill if he's healthy enough and Levis struggles. Either way, this seems to be Tannehill's last year with the Titans. His contract runs through 2023 and it's hard to see Tennessee bringing back next year, even if Levis and Willis falter.
From 2019 to 2021, the Titans had a strong grasp of the division but the tide began to turn last year. They leaned too much on several veteran players (Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry) and former general manager Jon Robinson failed to replenish the roster. This attrition is one of the many reasons they lost seven straight games to end the 2022 season and are 2-4 heading into Week 8.
Regardless of who starts at quarterback, it's hard to see the Tennessee Titans turning things around this season. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars are currently the better team and should have a favorable chance of winning the AFC South for the second straight year.