Titans vs. Jaguars Pick
Can the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars hit another over when they meet up on Saturday at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Titans are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -5 points against the Jaguars on Saturday. The over/under total for the game is listed at 43.5 points. The Titans won the first meeting this season, 36-22, in Tennessee back on Oct. 27. The home team has won five straight and the two have hit the over in their last two meetings.
Tennessee has won three straight coming into Saturday, including a big 19-17 win at Kansas City last week, to move to 8-6 on the season. The Titans are tied for first with the Texans in the AFC South, but Houston currently holds the tiebreaker with a second meeting set for next week. The Titans have hit the under in their last two games, yet are 9-5 with the over this year. Tennessee is averaging 24.3 points per game on offense and putting up 383.8 yards per game. DeMarco Murray is second in the NFL in rushing this year at 1,224 yards with nine touchdowns. Marcus Mariota has had a strong second season, throwing for 3,327 yards and 25 touchdowns with just nine interceptions. He also has rushed for 346 yards and two scores. Defensively, Tennessee is allowing 23.1 points and 374.6 yards per game. They have struggled against the pass, allowing 283 yards per game in the air.
Jacksonville is in the midst of a 9-game losing streak to fall to 2-12 on the year. They fired coach Gus Bradley following last week’s 21-20 loss at Houston. Doug Marrone will take over for the final two games. Jacksonville has hit the over in three of its last four and is 9-5 with the over this season. The Jags are averaging 18.6 points per game on offense right now, which has been very disappointing. Blake Bortles has not had the year many expected, throwing for 3,279 yards with 21 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has been sacked 30 times as well and doesn’t have much of a run game, as the Jags average under 100 yards per game on the ground. Defensively, Jacksonville is giving up 25.6 points per game, but allowing just 331 yards per contest. The Jags have three players with over 100 tackles, led by Paul Posluszny, who has 118.
The Jags have given up at least 20 points in their last six games and the Titans should be looking forward to a game against a defense like that after facing the likes of Kansas City and Denver in the last two weeks. The Titans should be energized from last week’s win as well, so I expected a strong offensive effort. The Titans have a pretty good defense, but like the first meeting, expect the Jags to get some garbage scores in the second half to hit the over.
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