NFL's Thursday Night Football Preview: Jaguars vs. Titans

Updated: Aug 2, 2019


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Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) vs. Tennessee Titans (6-6)


Preview

The Jaguars and Titans face off in a Thursday night showdown that could determine Tennessee’s playoff chances as we start the last 4 weeks of the season. Jacksonville is just ended their 8-game skid by shutting out the red-hot Colts offense and will be looking to end their 3-game losing streak to the Titans. Tennessee had to make a big comeback against the Jets to keep those playoff hopes alive and will look to continue that tonight. If the Jags want a chance to win this then they need to find some production out of their offense. The Titans just need to put together a complete game and show some consistency to come out victorious in a must-win.


Players to watch

Leonard Fournette is coming off his 1-game suspension and needs a strong finish to his season to help people remember the type of back he can be in this league. Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye showed the capabilities they can be as a duo when both are healthy last week and will look to bait Marcus Mariota into making some interceptions. Corey Davis has a big task ahead of him but if he can find a way to be a threat in the passing game then he can make things easier on the Titans offense. Wesley Woodyard will need to control the box and make sure that Fournette doesn’t run all over the Tennessee defense.


Keys to the game

Jacksonville Jaguars

Force turnovers

Establish the run

Don’t let Mariota beat you with his legs


Tennessee Titans

Pressure Cody Kessler into mistakes

Protect Mariota

Force Jags offense to be one-dimensional (Pass-heavy)


Injury list

Jacksonville Jaguars

Abry Jones, DT - Shin (Out)

D.J. Chark, WR - Quadricep (Out)

Cody Davis, S - Hamstring (Questionable)

Josh Walker, OG - Foot (Questionable)


Tennessee Titans

Dane Cruikshank, DB - Knee (Out)

David Fluellen, RB - Knee (Out)

Darius Jennings, WR - Knee (Questionable)

Derrick Morgan, LB - Knee (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

Leonard Fournette, RB (JAX)

Dion Lewis, RB (TEN)

Jacksonville D/ST (JAX)

Corey Davis, WR (TEN)

Derrick Henry, RB (TEN)


Prediction

Tennessee beat Jacksonville 9-6 earlier in the season and there was nothing too memorable from that game. The Titans have been so inconsistent this year that I don’t know what to expect from them on Thursday night. After last week, it does appear that the Jags defense might be back to clamping down offenses. I think they want to end that 3-game skid against the Titans and pretty much knock them out of the playoffs while they are at it. Jacksonville wins a Thursday night bore-fest.


Final Score: Jaguars 14, Titans 9


Written by: Cody Manning

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