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Jaguars at Titans Preview

Jacksonville Jaguars 0-5

Tennessee Titans 1-4

LP Stadium Nashville, Tennessee

Kickoff Sunday at Noon on CBS

They should dub this game the lowliest of the low in NFL match ups. Long gone are the glory days when both these teams duked it out for the top spot in the AFC South. No Titans coach should, or factually can, proclaim dominance over the Jaguars these days. The Titans are in search of a victory at home and the Jaguars are in search of a victory. We bring you our Jaguars at Titans  preview.

Then there is this:

Neither of these teams is very good and both have suffered big injuries at positions to boot. The Jaguars have been banged up at wide receiver and tight end but will get Marcedes Lewis back later in the year since he is on injured reserve with the designation to return. Here is the injury report per NFL.com.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS INJURIES
Player
Position
Injury
Practice Status
Game Status
Cecil Shorts WR Did Not Participate In Practice
Toby Gerhart RB Full Participation in Practice
Dwayne Gratz CB Full Participation in Practice
Clayton Harbor TE Full Participation in Practice
Allen Hurns WR Full Participation in Practice
Westleigh Johnson RB Full Participation in Practice
Roy Miller DT Full Participation in Practice
Ryan Davis DE Limited Participation in Practice
Marqise Lee WR Limited Participation in Practice
Paul Posluszny LB Limited Participation in Practice
Gregory Watson LB Limited Participation in Practice
TENNESSEE TITANS INJURIES
Player
Position
Injury
Practice Status
Game Status
Jurrell Casey DT Did Not Participate In Practice
Jacob Locker QB Did Not Participate In Practice
Michael Roos T Did Not Participate In Practice
Coty Sensabaugh CB Did Not Participate In Practice
Craig Stevens TE Did Not Participate In Practice
Delanie Walker TE Full Participation in Practice
Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB Full Participation in Practice
Shonn Greene RB Limited Participation in Practice
Taylor Thompson TE Limited Participation in Practice
Bernard Pollard S Out (Definitely Will Not Play)

The Jaguars have turned from Chad Henne to rookie quarterback Blake Bortles and the results have been mixed. Bortles is talented but he is dealing with a mediocre offensive line and inexperience at wide receiver. Plus, the Jaguars run game hasn’t exactly set the world on fire and free agent acquisition Toby Gerhart has been dinged up and ineffective behind that line.

The Titans may or may not be starting Jake Locker who is dealing with a thumb issue. He didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday but he did throw the football. The Titans will definitely be without strong safety Bernard Pollard and left tackle Michael Roos who are both done for the year. They previously lost linebacker Zach Brown to a season ending injury. If Locker can’t go Charlie Whitehurst will once again start in his place.

jags rankingstitans rankings

The Jaguars offense has an opportunity to do some damage against a porous Titans defense giving up big plays. The Titans secondary is banged up, inexperienced and thin on talent right now. Second year cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson will return from his concussion but it isn’t clear yet whether Coty Sensabaugh will play. Sensabaugh is the only Titan playing well in the secondary and his loss would be huge. Daimion Stafford and George Wilson are expected to try to fill Pollard’s shoes in the secondary.

Whitehurst and the Titans offense played well in the first half against the Browns after Locker’s injury but did not score a point in the second half. In fact, the Titans offense didn’t make it past their own 50 yard line in the second half of the Browns game. It was a dreadful second half performance both offensively and defensively.

browns drive chart

Courtesy of ESPN.com

The Jaguars defense is getting a good pass rush which has been an issue for the Titans offensive line this season. Whitehurst has done fairly well under pressure and isn’t afraid to pull the ball down and run for a first down. The Titans seem intent on remaining a pass first run afterthought offense but through five games Locker averaged 26.8 rushing yards per game and Whitehurst 19.5.

Rookie Taylor Lewan will be starting at left tackle with Roos done for the year and maybe that will help an offensive line struggling in particular on the left side. It seems a prime opportunity to try to establish a strong run but will the Titans take advantage? They should.

Titans QB and rush stats

Courtesy of ESPN.com

On paper it seems a good time to play Titans skill players in fantasy football. The Jaguars are giving up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks, fourth most fantasy points to running backs, the sixth most fantasy points to wide receivers and the third most fantasy points to tight ends. Notice I said on paper. It is difficult to trust this lackluster Titans offense.

On the flip side, the Titans cannot get good consistent pressure on the quarterback and have nine sacks to Jacksonville’s 16. The Titans defense could have a bounce back game against rookie Bortles if they can get to him and force him to make mistakes. He has thrown six interceptions in

The Jaguars run game has been terrible and with Toby Gerhart questionable rookie Storm Johnson could get some carries. The Titans are very good at making backup running backs look good and they are giving up an average of 136.8 rushing yards per game. Also there is this.

ppg

Courtesy of NFL.com

We had cautioned in our prior previews that the Titans were due for a bad special teams meltdown and it came last Sunday against the Browns. A Brett Kern punt was blocked out of the back of the end zone for a safety and the Browns scored on the ensuing possession. Special teams have been of particular concern and show no sign of getting better.

Jags at Titans comp

Courtesy of NFL.com/gamecenter

Other game notes:

Once again Bovada has pulled a Titans Vegas line due to uncertainty regarding Jake Locker’s status. Both teams are fairly terrible at covering the spread but here is this nugget.

Once again the game will be broadcast on CBS with the play by play handled by Andrew Catalon alongside analysts Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein. Jeff Triplette and his crew will handle officiating duties. The weather calls for a 60% chance of rain and a high in the lower 70s.

Final score prediction:

Jaguars 21

Titans 24

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