The Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars will battle in NFL action on Thursday Night Football at TIAA Bank Field. Both teams started the season with a lot to prove, but the Jaguars ended up a lot banged up and the Titans proved they have one of the best rushing attacks in the National Football League.
TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network. LINE: Titans -1.5. O/U: 38
The Titans have an explosive running back in Derrick Henry and may try to utilize him more tonight in this AFC South contest. Henry has rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries so far this season. He has also caught three passes for 87 yards with a 75-yard score in Tennessee’s first two games. Those games ended in a 43-13 victory at Cleveland in Week 1 and a 19-17 division loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.
“Derrick’s a great player, and you’ve seen his body of work,” Titans tackle Dennis Kelly told reporters. “When he gets rolling, it’s hard to bring him down. That’s part of our goal (as a line), is being able to get him into his flow and be the player that he can be.” Henry rushed for career highs of 238 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-9 victory over Jacksonville in their last meeting. That including an NFL record-tying 99-yard run in a game that was also on a Thursday night.
Right now none of that matters after the loss to the Colts. “It’s a team thing,” Henry told reporters. “So we’ll go in and get coached, make our corrections and get ready.” Jacksonville nearly stunned the Texans last week but was stopped on a two-point conversion attempt with 36 seconds left in its 13-12 setback at Houston.
Titans vs Jaguars This, That, and a Dart Throw
The Titans have started 2019 with a 1-1 record. Marcus Mariota has thrown for only 402 yards this season. That is offset by his taking care of the ball. He has four touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Rookie wideout A.J. Brown has recorded a team-high 125 receiving yards. He has yet to find the end zone. Defensive end Cameron Wake registered 98 sacks in 10 seasons with Miami, and he has notched a team-high 2.5 sacks in his first two games with Tennessee. S Kevin Byard (one interception this season) has recorded an NFL-most 13 picks since 2017.
The Jaguars have started the season 0-2. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew performed admirably against the Texans in his first career start. He was starting in place of Nick Foles who has a broken clavicle. Minshew ended up with 213 passing yards and a touchdown. He chipped in 56 yards rushing as well. Minshew was only worried about results. “Not good because we lost,” Minshew told reporters. “We lost. And that’s the moral of the story. Silver lining is we have some things we can build on, some things that if we clean up, we can be a really, really good team. That’s very encouraging.”
It is unclear whether or not cornerback Jalen Ramsey will play. He is the only player with 200-plus tackles (202) and at least 45 passes defended (45) since he entered the NFL in 2016. He has requested a trade following a spat on the sidelines Sunday with coach Doug Marrone. WR DJ Chark Jr. (team highs of 11 catches and 201 yards) looks to score a touchdown catch for the third straight game.
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The Dart Throw: Titans 23, Jaguars 13
Thursday Night Football Betting Odds & Trends
|Jacksonville is 3-9-2 ATS in its last 14 games|
|Jacksonville is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Jacksonville’s last 5 games|
|Jacksonville is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|Jacksonville is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Jacksonville’s last 6 games at home|
|Jacksonville is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Tennessee|
|Jacksonville is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tennessee|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Jacksonville’s last 7 games when playing Tennessee|
|The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Jacksonville’s last 9 games when playing at home against Tennessee|
|Tennessee is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games|
|Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tennessee’s last 8 games|
|Tennessee is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Jacksonville|
|Tennessee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Jacksonville|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee’s last 7 games when playing Jacksonville|
|Tennessee is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Jacksonville|
|The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tennessee’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Jacksonville|
Jacksonville at Denver Sunday, September 29th
Tennessee at Atlanta Sunday, September 29th
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