The Tennessee Titans have almost played themselves out of the post-season picture, but they can redeem themselves in the season finale. The problem is that they are going up against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that might be a little angry about their subpar performance last weekend. This game will be starting at 4:25 PM ET on Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, and while CBS televises it on a regional basis, VietBetcustomers can use wagers in real time while they watch it, utilizing the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
The Titans come into this game having lost three in a row, which brings their record to 8-7 straight-up (6-8-1 against the football pointspread) and they are fortunate that they have tiebreaker advantages over the Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo Bills, should all of them finish with the same record. With the Titans, the mission is actually pretty simple – if they win, they are a wild-card team in the AFC. But they will have to improve on their performance last week, when they lost 27-23 to the Los Angeles Rams at home. Tennessee, which prides itself on being able to control the line of scrimmage with the running game, managed just 3.7 yards per carry against the Rams’ defensive front, and they have more problems as they come into this game; DeMarco Murray, part of the 1-2 tandem in the backfield (along with former Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry) has been diagnosed with a third-degree MCL tear. He wants to play, and the Titans will not rule him out of this game, but this is very tough injury to deal with, and if he does see action, there is a very real possibility he can aggravate it. It’s going to be a tough call on the part of Tennessee’s medical staff.
The Jaguars learned before the opening kickoff of last Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers that they had won the AFC South championship, by virtue of Tennessee’s loss. So it was kind of understandable that they lost their edge, and they had the misfortune of running into quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is really on a roll right now. Their defense failed them, as they dropped a 44-33 decision, and Blake Bortles, who had avoided closely turnovers for the most part, was definitely not sharp, as he threw three interceptions. So the Jags lost by double digits despite having 32 first downs on the offensive end. They are locked into the #3 seed in the AFC with their 10-5 straight-up record (9-6 ATS).
In the NFL betting odds posted on this game by the folks at VietBet, Tennessee is favored at home:
The Jaguars lead the NFL in sacks, but only got through to Jimmy G once. They hope to have some better success against Marcus Mariota, but of course, the Titans’ quarterback’s stick-in-trade is his mobility. And the first time these two teams faced each other, Tennessee enjoyed a 37-16 rompat Everbank Field, racking up 179 rushing yards. That’s one area where, statistically speaking, Jacksonville’s stop unit has not been all that strong, as they have yielded 4.5 yards per carry. Against San Francisco, they really disappointed, allowing ten out of 15 on third downs. They also allowed a touchdown on the opening drive for the first time in 22 games In the words of cornerback AJ Bouye, who is headed to the Pro Bowl, Kyle Shanahan “outschemed us.” For added color, there was also a shouting match between Malik Jackson and Aaron Colvin on the sidelines, and in a word, Jags became unglued.
There might be some pertinent questions on the part of VietBet patrons as to whether the Jaguars will be in “win” mode; after all, there is no way for them to improve their playoff position. But head coach Doug Marrone, understanding that it won’t be the greatest thing in the world for his team to go intot he playoffs with two straight disappointing losses, said “We’re 100% all-in on winning this football game.” Toward that end, is really no talk about Chad Henne will see action in place of Bortles. All indications are that Marrone will play his starters on defense, and of course thius is a unit that is best in the NFL in the red zone, and allows the fewest yards AND points on a per-drive basis. What they’ll try to accomplish, we imagine, is to exploit the inconsistency of Mariota, who has thrown only a dozen touchdown passes, with 14 interceptions. We won’t necessarily count on Murray to have a major impact, and Tennessee blew golden opportunities to win road games at Arizona and San Francisco, so we are not sure how much weight this “must win” situation really carries. Let’s grab the points with the Jags and see if Marrone really means what he says.
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