The Tennessee Titans head to Florida to try to earn their first win of the season and go to battle with the Jacksonville Jaguars and their staunch defense.
The Tennessee Titans must still have a bad taste in their mouth from their last meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags not only broke QB Marcus Mariota’s leg, but also dashed Tennessee’s playoff dreams with their Week 16 win over the Titans. These are two young teams trying to rise from the depths of the AFC South, and we might very well be witnessing a burgeoning rivalry that goes beyond standard divisional battles.
Titans fans can mock QB Blake Bortles all they want, but the fact remains: Bortles is 3-3 against Tennessee. Perhaps more impressive is his 12:2 TD:INT ratio in those games. Can this be the year the Titans shut him down and sweep the division series? New Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone seems to want to limit risk and hide Bortles’ weaknesses, so the Titans may not get a chance to take advantage of his erratic play. But Bortles will be without his star receiver, Allen Robinson, who tore his ACL in Week 1. Receivers Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee are no slouches, but they were both pretty quiet in Robinson’s absence last week. We figure to see Lee in the slot, with undrafted rookie Keelan Cole playing opposite Hurns on the outside.
Jacksonville appears to be adopting the 2016 Titans strategy of utilizing a power run game as the driving force of their offense. The Jags figure to lean heavily on rookie RB Leonard Fournette, whose mix of power and quickness makes him tough to bring down. Chris Ivory is the Derrick Henry to…
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