Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Preview
Where: Nissan Stadium — Nashville, Tennessee
When: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 8:25 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NFL Network
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Betting on the Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5)
This Jags team simply can’t get it going. They opened the season with three straight defeats, bounced back with good consecutive wins, and then returned into the losing column this past Sunday, falling to the Raiders at home, 33-16.
In facing the Raiders’ last-placed pass defense, Jaguars QB Blake Bortles produced a decent 246 yards, but could only complete 23 of his 43 throws (53.5 percent). He too can’t get it going; the nine touchdowns and nine interceptions he has through six games are far from what was projected heading into the season.
Bortles’ two primary receivers, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, are also having down years. Comparing their stats from last year, the Allens are averaging less receptions and receiving yards per game, as well as yards per catch.
The run game, meanwhile, is nowhere to be found. Off-season acquisition Chris Ivory has been a non-factor since his return, while TJ Yeldon is averaging just 33 yards (28 less from last year) on 3.3 yards per carry. You know it’s bad when your QB is your second leading rusher and the runner on your longest rushing play of the season.
If not for their defense, the Jags will probably join the Browns as the only winless teams. The unit is only giving up 215 passing yards per game (top 10 in the league) on nine yards per completion (first in the league).
Betting on the Tennessee Titans (-3.5)
The Titans’ offense showed up ready on Sunday’s 34-26 loss to the Colts, but were failed by the defense. The unit wasn’t able to pick Andrew Luck in any of his 39 passes, and gave up 422 yards from scrimmage, along with three TDs.
For the team to rebound from the loss, the defense has to be better. The lackluster effort they showed in Week 7 was far from what they have done in previous contests, as Indy’s receivers almost outgained the whole Titans team, 356-353. Meanwhile, as the fifth-best team in terms of sacks (18) coming in, it was disappointing that they only had two against a Colts O-line that has allowed the most sacks this season.
The offense, on the other hand, will continue to look for QB Marcus Mariota and RB DeMarco Murray to provide the goods. Mariota is playing well in his past three, tossing for eight touchdowns and only one interception, along with one rushing score, while Murray is having a strong comeback season. The six-year back has been all over the field, averaging 118 yards from scrimmage per game (90 rushing, 28 receiving).
Titans (-3.5) win, 21-16.
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