This Thursday night game against Tennessee comes on the heels of an unprecedented civil war between the Jaguars organization and its fans. Fans don’t like crappy play and the players don’t like being booed. But we’re going to get over it for a game and focus on football.
The Titans look better than the Jaguars do right now, but they do have their problems as well. Demarco Murray will have to carry this offense to victory against our defense, a task which will be a bit easier with Roy Miller out for the remainder of the season. The Jaguars can pick apart this defense if the offense decides to look functional for the first time since the Colts game, but they need to focus on stopping Brian Orakpo from continuing to rack up sacks on Blake Bortles.
To be honest, I want a win, but I’ll take a close loss because it will hopefully shut up the players and the fans and make everyone remember that we’re all Jaguars. It’ll be close, but I’m picking Tennessee in this one.
Prediction: JAX 17, TEN 21
I want to say the Jaguars are going to get the offense together. I just can’t. The Titans are playing great run defense this year, but are only average against the pass. That should help the Jaguars on offense, but the Raiders were ranked much worse in both categories and we couldn’t move the ball effectively on them in Sunday’s loss at home. The Jaguars are operating on a short week and I don’t see them pulling out a win after an abysmal loss against the Raiders as well as the fact that this team isn’t playing with any sort of confidence on offense.
Prediction: JAX 14, TEN 24
Offensively the Jags need to stop turning the ball over. Let's be honest, Blake Bortles and this offense don't look the same this year and just have been flat out dysfunctional at times. I believe they need to stick to the run game and put Bortles in more short yardage situations, letting receivers create big plays for him, rather than trying to force them. The Jaguars need to get stability running the ball against the Titans who rank 6th against the run and get Bortles into a rhythm early to give them their best chance to get a W.
Defensively it all starts with stopping the run. With running backs Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry along with quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Titans have one of the best rushing attacks in the league ranking 3rd. With defensive lineman Jared Odrick being listed as questionable and defensive tackle Roy Miller being placed on IR after tearing his achilles, the Jaguars may be in some trouble up front. Telvin Smith along with the rest of this linebacking crew will definently need to step up in this game if they have any shot at winning.
Prediction: JAX 26, TEN 24
The Jaguars are playing terrible and it's leading to some major disfunction. The offensive line can't run block at all. The passing game can't get out of it's own way. How can the Jaguars possibly win this game?
Well, let me tell you how. Greg Olson finally decides to go uptempo to start the game ... and oh my goodness, it actually works! The Jaguars offense finally finds some life in the passing game by doing what Bortles has shown he is good at time and again.
Oh, and by the way Gus Bradley has never lost on Thursday Night Football.
Prediction: JAX 30, TEN 19
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