Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 9-17-2017 - Expert Prediction
Written by: Brian Spaen
Tennessee Titans (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
vs Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
When: Sunday, Sep 17th, 1:00 PM ET
Line: TEN -1.5
TV/Live Stream: CBS
Tennessee and Jacksonville will square off in Week 2 at EverBank Field. The Jaguars stunned the league by taking down Houston easily on the road. They’ll look for their second win as the Titans, who’s been labeled as a dark horse favorite, will try avoiding an 0-2 start. Jacksonville has won in three of their last five meetings with Tennessee.
Titans stumble in big opening weekend battle against Raiders
In a key matchup for two teams that are ready to take the next step, Oakland won the test over Tennessee, 26-16. It was a fairly even test as the Raiders just grabbed the edges in first downs (22-21), total yards (359-350), and they both called 63 total plays. The biggest difference was having a field goal edge at the end of the first half and an additional touchdown difference in the fourth quarter. Derek Carr also slightly more efficient with two touchdowns.
By comparison, Marcus Mariota was average. He completed 25-of-41 passes for 256 total yards. He had a better QB rating than Carr, but didn’t get a touchdown. What made Carr’s number suffer was taking an additional sack. Delanie Walker led the receivers with 76 yards on 7 catches and missing just two other targets. Corey Davis was targeted the most, but just caught 6 of 10 for 69 yards. Demarco Murray led the running attack with 44 yards on 12 carries, and Mariota ran in the lone touchdown in the first quarter. Place kicker Ryan Succop went 3-for-4 on his field goals, and he did hit a 52-yard bomb.
Jaguars roll with Fournette, take advantage of 4 turnovers
Jacksonville stunned many with a surprising victory in Houston to open the NFL season. It wasn’t pretty as they converted just 3-of-12 third down attempts and were called for 10 penalties, but the running game shined and the team took advantage of four turnovers by the Texans. Quarterback Blake Bortles will be heavily scrutinized this season, and he certainly didn’t win doubters over completing just 11-of-21 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.
However, it was Leonard Fournette that stole the show. The running back had 100 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Chris Ivory complimented that with 42 yards on 9 carries. Who caught Bortles’ touchdown pass? It was obviously fullback Tommy Bohanon, who caught his first TD in his four-year career. It was a one-yard catch, his only target of the game, which included one carry for no yards.
- 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 road games
- 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Jacksonville
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- The home team, which is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings of this matchup
Tennessee doesn’t seem to have much success in Jacksonville, and that will likely continue here. Mariota and the Titans haven’t taken that next step, and Jaguars fans will be flying high after starting off the season with two victories.
Pick: JAX +1.5
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