TI­TANS (0-1) VS. JAGUARS (1-0)


USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 2 MATCH UP - Walker Rishard Matthews rey Davis Church Myles Jack Bor­tles Mar­cus Mar­i­ota CoCalais Camp­bell, A.J. Bouye Yan­nick Ngak­oue, Jalen Ram­sey Barry Leonard Four­nette Blake Matchup to watch: Ti­tans RT Jack Con­klin vs. Camp­bell. Player to watch: Jaguars WR All

An­nounc­ers: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

About the Ti­tans: Ten­nessee’s Week 1 stat line was prac­ti­cally iden­ti­cal to that of Oak­land’s in Week 1. They to­taled 9 fewer yards (359-350), both had zero turnovers, played clean spe­cial teams, con­verted about half their third downs and even put up iden­ti­cal penalty yardage (five flags for 49 yards). In the end, their 26-16 loss was heav­ily swayed by poor ex­e­cu­tion in the fourth quar­ter, which the Raiders won 10-3. QB was sharp, go­ing 25-for-41 for 256 yards, most fre­quently hitting trusty tar­gets TE (seven catches, 76 yards) and WR

(five catches, 71 yards) while also mix­ing in first-round pick WR

(six catches, 69 yards). Be­ing more ex­plo­sive and be­ing more ef­fec­tive in the red zone, where they went 1-for-3, will be crit­i­cal for Ten­nessee in Week 2.

About the Jaguars: The Jaguars in­vested heav­ily again in their de­fense this off­sea­son. If their 29-7 sea­son-open­ing win in Hous­ton is an in­di­ca­tion of how well their de­fense might play in 2017, they fi­nally knocked it out of the park. DE SS

and CB — all off­sea­son sign­ings — starred. DE LB

and CB — all drafted in the last two years — had ma­jor im­pacts. With RB keep­ing the chains mov­ing on of­fense and QB

pro­tect­ing the ball, the Jaguars might be poised for a break­out.

The Jaguars’ pass rush torched Hous­ton’s book­end tack­les in Week 1, and Camp­bell was a huge part of that. The Ti­tans will have to pay ex­tra at­ten­tion to him af­ter he piled on four sacks and six tack­les. In Week 1, Con­klin was in­stru­men­tal in keep­ing Mar­i­ota up­right and keep­ing Oak­land’s dan­ger­ous pass rush­ers at bay.

Af­ter suf­fered a left knee in­jury on the first drive, Jack­sonville hit Hous­ton with heavy doses of Four­nette. But in


third-down con­ver­sion sit­u­a­tions where they needed big plays, Bor­tles fre­quently looked to Hurns, who had 42 re­ceiv­ing yards on three re­cep­tions. All four passes thrown to

were in­com­plete. For the pass­ing game to get rolling, Hurns needs a big per­for­mance.

Four­nette touched the ball 29 times in his NFL de­but, rack­ing up 26 car­ries for 100 yards and a touch­down and three re­cep­tions for 24 yards.


1. Win the trenches: Ti­tans RB DeMarco Mur­ray strug­gled to find much day­light against Oak­land, while Four­nette worked with gap­ing holes against Hous­ton. For two of­fenses that rely heav­ily on their rush­ing games, open­ing up the run­ning lanes will be huge.

2. Pres­sur­ing Mar­i­ota: The Jaguars’ pass rush teed off on the Texans in Week 1, com­bin­ing for 10 sacks. Oak­land’s pass rush strug­gled to hit Mar­i­ota in Week 1, but if Jack­sonville can rack up even half as many sacks as it did in the opener, it will be sit­ting pretty.

3. Bor­tles turnovers: Af­ter a rocky pre­sea­son, Bor­tles strug­gled with his ac­cu­racy at times but es­caped the opener with­out com­mit­ting a turnover. If he can do that again, Jack­sonville will have an edge.

4. Ex­tra points: Jaguars K missed a field goal and an ex­tra point but fin­ished 3-for-4 on field goals and 2-for-3 on ex­tra points. Ti­tans K went 3-for-4, in­clud­ing a 52-yarder. In close games, those missed points can be pre­cious.

Jor­dan God­win


De­lanie Jaguars wide re­ceiver Allen Hurns av­er­age 14 yards per catch in Week 1.

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