Sunday, October 12th, 1:00 p.m.
LP Field, Nashville, TN
Kickoff temperature: 75 degrees, 60% chance of precipitation
Line: Titans by 6
The Jaguars will try to get their first victory of the season at the place that they notched their first victory of last season, Tennessee. The Titans come in to this game playing poorly, as they’ve dropped four straight games including a crushing 29-28 defeat to the Cleveland Browns last week after leading 28-3.
Stats: Jaguars offense- 30th Overall (28th passing, 31st rushing); 31st scoring- 13.4 ppg.
Jaguars defense- 32nd overall (32nd passing, 22nd rushing); 32nd scoring- 33.8 ppg.
Titans offense- 15th overall (19th passing, 13th rushing); 29th scoring- 17.6 ppg.
Titans defense- 23rd overall (14th passing, 26th rushing); 27th scoring- 27.8 ppg.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory
Establish the run. The Titans have done a poor job of stopping the run this season and only the Chargers are worse at running the football. This is a classic weakness vs. weakness and this is a perfect time for the Jaguars to get the running game going.
Stop Delanie Walker. There’s not a lot of weapons on Tennessee that scares anyone, but Walker represents a mismatch against the Jaguars linebackers. The team might want to have safety Jonathan Cyprien shadow him similar to what he did against Antonio Gates.
Hit the quarterback, whoever he might be. At this point we’re not sure if we’re going to see Jake Locker or Charlie Whitehurst, but either way the Jaguars need to get pressure. The Titans will be without starting left tackle Michael Roos and this is a great opportunity to take advantage of the young Taylor Lewan.
Win first down. Jacksonville needs to make positive plays on first down and stay in front of the sticks. Blake Bortles has shown an ability to pick up third downs in makeable situations.
Take some deep shots. The Jaguars didn’t take many deep shots last week but they should have Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts back. They need to take at least one deep shot per quarter, even if it doesn’t work out.
What We’ll Be Saying On Monday
Blake Bortles played his best game of the season. This development process isn’t really about wins as much as it is getting their ultra-young offense better. This, however is a winnable game and the team needs to take advantage. Blake Bortles will show up and play well on Sunday.
The Jaguars stopped the run. Tennessee has ran the ball fairly well this season but the Jaguars know the importance of putting the game into the hands of unproven quarterbacks.
Look for a big game from Kendall Wright. Kendall Wright is a heck of a young player and he will represent a mismatch no matter which Jaguars cornerback lines up across from him.
The running game improved. The Jaguars running game saw a small boost from getting Storm Johnson some carries last week and look for that trend to continue.
They found a way. The Jaguars know that there’s not a ton of games where they have a great chance to win. The slumping Tennessee Titans, potentially with a backup quarterback is one of those. Jacksonville will play as hard as they can and this could be the game that really jump starts Blake Bortles career.