The Titans travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars in a Week 3 divisional showdown Sunday at noon. The Titans sit at a 1-1 record and look to continue their recent success against the 2-0 Jaguars despite being on the road. The Titans have won four of their past five matchups against the Jaguars, but they could be without starting quarterback Marcus Mariota due to a lingering elbow injury. The Jaguars are home favorites as they’re favored at -9 over the Titans; the total was 39.5 early in the week.
Titans vs. Jaguars Odds
Spread: Jaguars -9
Titans vs. Jaguars Head to Head
Tennessee has always presented a challenge to Jacksonville, despite last year’s surprising success for the Jaguars. The AFC South rivals are plenty familiar with one another as each team normally wins one game apiece in the season series. Sunday’s matchup will be the 48thall-time matchup (including the postseason).
As the Titans enter on the road as major underdogs the last time they beat the Jaguars was on Dec. 31, 2017 with a score of 15-10. Last season was the first time since 2008 that the two teams didn’t split a series. In fact, there have been 16 seasons where they’ve split the series.
Titans vs. Jaguars Stats
With Mariota sidelined last week against the Texans the team had to dig deep into their bag of tricks to pull off the 20-17 victory. In the first-quarter they did just that when they ran a fake punt pass from safety Kevin Byard to depth corner Dane Cruikshank for a 66-yard touchdown.
That gave the Titans the quick boost they needed as it gave them a quick 7-0 lead, without that play the Titans would’ve struggled to put points on the board as their only other touchdown was an 18-yard pass from Gabbert to Taywan Taylor.
For the Jaguars in last week’s win against the Patriots, Blake Bortles put together one of his best performances ever. The quarterback finished with 376 passing yards and four touchdowns completing 29-of-45 pass attempts. Keelan Cole showed out last week for the Jaguars as well, reeling in seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Titans vs. Jaguars News
The Titans managed to defeat the Texans in Week 2 with backup Blaine Gabbert filling in for Mariota. Gabbert was actually selected no. 10 overall back in the 2011 by the Jaguars, now an established veteran who has proved to be very serviceable as a backup in the league.
Jaguars starting running back Leonard Fournette was inactive in last week’s game against the Patriots with a hamstring injury. Fournette now heads into Week 3 with a questionable tag, if he is once again inactive look for T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant to fill his shoes in the backfield. The Jacksonville defense doesn’t need an introduction, they’re very talented from top to bottom.
Titans vs. Jaguars Predictions
We expect this to be a pretty lopsided affair, especially if the Titans are without Marcus Mariota. The Jaguars defense is arguably the best in the league and Gabbert will have a tough time facing arguably the best corner tandem in the league between Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. The biggest win that the Jaguars have ever had over the Titans was in 2006 when they won 37-7. We expect history to repeat itself on Sunday. Take the Jaguars to win big.