Friday 20 September, 1:20
Two defeats from two games means Jacksonville are bottom of the AFC South and puts extra pressure on Thursday night’s clash with Divisional rivals Tennessee.
Titans Dominate Head to Head
Tennessee Titans have been a part of the NFL for twice as long as Jacksonville, and they’ve dominated this fixture over the last 25 years since the Jaguars entered the league.
The Titans have won 29 of their 49 games, including their only meeting in the post season in 2000, when they beat the Jaguars 33-14 in the AFC Conference Final. Tennessee have also won seven of their last ten games, including both of last season’s meetings.
Tough Start for the Jags
The Jaguars finished bottom of the Division last season, and two games into the current campaign, they are once again propping up the AFC South. But that is partly due to their tough start, which saw them take on the Chiefs and then head to Houston to face the Texans and of their opening three games, this is the one that gives them the best chance of getting their first win.
In the absence of Nick Foles, Jags fans would have been encouraged by their efforts against the Texans. In Leonard Fournette they have a potent offensive weapon and their defense remains one of the NFL’s strongest, so they may be a tempting bet for some punters at 11/10.
The Titans have also had a tough opening to their season, but they pulled off the result of Week One when they thrashed the Cleveland Browns, before suffering a home defeat to Divisional rivals Indianapolis in Week Two.
There’s a lot to like about the Titans on defense, but offensively, Marcus Mariota remains an inconsistent producer at quarterback, though he doesn’t have many weapons at his disposal, and doesn’t always get great protection from his offensive line. The Titans are favourites here, and are as short as 8/11 with some bookmakers, but they may not be a team to rely on at short prices.
Defenses to Dominate
Both of these teams rate pretty highly on defensive stats, and with Divisional honour at stake, this could turn into a low-scoring grind in which endzone action will be at a premium.