TITANS (0-1) VS. JAGUARS (1-0)
SUNDAY, 1 P.M. ET, AT EVERBANK FIELD, JACKSONVILLE uTV: CBS, DIRECTV 708
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
WHO WILL WIN AND WHY
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.
KEYS TO THE GAME
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.
Delanie Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns average 14 yards per catch in Week 1.