Week 5 Preview – Know Thy Enemy: Jacksonville Jaguars

Key Numbers + Info (2021 season)

Record: 0-4 (0-1 AFC South)

Points scored: 74

PPG: 18.5

Points allowed: 115

PPGa: 28.75

Average yards per rush: 4.9

Avg. yards per rush allowed: 3.5

Average rush yards per game: 112.5

Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 106.25

Rushing TDs: 4 for, 6 against

Avg. pass yards per game: 209.25

Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 312.25

Passing TDs: 5 for, 6 against

Pass Completion Rate: 57%

Pass Completion Rate Against: 75%

Leading Rusher: James Robinson (49 attempts for 238 yards, three touchdowns)

Top Receiver: Marvin Jones, Jr (20 receptions for 218 yards, two touchdowns)

Leading Tackler: Myles Jack (32 tackles, one tackle for loss)

Key Additions: QB Trevor Lawrence (rookie), WR Marvin Jones, Jr, RB Carlos Hyde, S Rayshawn Jenkins, DL Jihad Ward, DT Malcolm Brown (trade), CB Tyson Campbell (rookie), S Andre Cisco (rookie), CB Shaquill Griffin, WR Tavon Austin, OT Walker Little (rookie), DL Roy Robertson-Harris, TE Dan Arnold

Key Losses: QB Gardner Minshew (traded), RB Travis Etienne (IR), WR D.J. Chark (IR), OL AJ Cann (IR), RB Duke Johnson, LB Dylan Moses (NFI), LB Joe Schobert (traded), CB CJ Henderson (traded) HC Urban Meyer (locker room and very little remaining integrity)

Series History

Tennessee leads the series 32-21-0

Tennessee Call Out, Ball Out

Derrick Henry. Jaguars Killer

– Henry is a notorious Jaguars killer and has made a career’s worth of ending careers via stiff arms solely against Jacksonville defenders. He has multiple 200-yard games against his hometown team. Tennessee will need him as the other weapons don’t even register a threat against a tough Jaguars defense. The Titans will probably have to ride him in yet another game as the offensive line cannot provide pass protection for whatever reason. He’s also continuing his good run of form as a legitimate threat out of the backfield. 

Shane Bowen is not #good

– Trevor Lawrence hasn’t been off to the greatest starts so it’s expected that he will get right and light up a wounded and abysmal Titans defense. A get-right game for the Titans defense would be ideal for under-fire defensive coordinator Shane Bowen to keep the hounds at bay. If they can’t stop him, then it will be another long season and possibly put Mike Vrabel’s status as the head coach under more scrutiny. Advisor Jim Schwartz is in the wings as a consultant who could be hired as the defensive coordinator should Bowen continue his horrifically poor run of form. Vrabel’s hands aren’t bloodless either as this is his defense with a new name on the DC door. 

Business Trip

– Tennessee failed to put away the Jets and paid dearly for it with a shocking loss last week. They need to win this one to show something as an AFC contender or be known as false hope. Get in, dominate, and get out as healthy as you can. This needs to be the mindset of the team after last week’s miserable failure. Nashville’s team needs to quit playing down to the level of its opponents and treat every game like it’s the playoffs. A loss to Jacksonville won’t kill the season entirely but it will put a severe dent in the Titans’ aspirations to win the division again.  

Keys to a Jaguars Victory

Establish. The. Run

What’s a good way to get a struggling rookie quarterback going? A running game to take the load off his shoulders of course. James Robinson has ascended to the top of the depth chart once again and increasingly looks like his breakout rookie self in his second season. Trevor Lawrence has yet to reach his full potential and has looked overwhelmed like a typical rookie quarterback at times. Tennessee is coming into the game, heavily injured, and once sported a whopping 20 players on the injury report. The Titans’ defense has been massively depleted, particularly the front seven. A recipe for the Jaguars to unleash its run game. 

Pressure the Quarterback

The Titans’ offensive line has been categorically, undeniably, a horrendous farcical portrait of quality line play. They have surrendered an insane 17 sacks to match Tannehill’s jersey number. Teams are beginning to use the Titans as the “get right” game to cure whatever ails their anemic pass rush. Chandler Jones still hasn’t matched the sack totals he accumulated against Tennessee. The Jets teed off to the tune of SEVEN sacks last week. Jacksonville has the weapons but not the production to cause havoc. If Josh Allen and co can get home, it will be a miserable day for the Tennessee offense missing key starters. 

Team Mentality

What’s it like after a week full of the scandalous Urban Meyer brouhaha? It can’t be positive after reports emerged that Meyer has already lost the locker room amidst a winless season. How does the team respond after all that mess? Do they fold or rally around each other to win one?  

Injury Report

Update: Tennessee has since downgraded EDGE Bud Dupree and OT Ty Sambrailo to OUT

What are the odds?

Caesars has the Titans as 4.5 point favorites at -110 while the Jaguars are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 48.5. The money line is the Titans at -210 and the Jaguars at +175.

BetMGM has the Titans as 4.5 point favorites at -110 while the Jaguars are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 48.5. The money line is the Titans at -200 and the Jaguars at +165.

Wynnbet has the Titans as four point favorites at -115 while the Jaguars are +105 dogs. The over/under has been set at 48.5. The money line is the Titans at -215 and the Jaguars +165.

Prediction

TENNESSEE 24

Jacksonville 17

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