Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans Matchup Preview (12/13/2020): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Streams (Watch Online)
The 8-4 Tennessee Titans travel to Jacksonville to take on the 1-11 Jaguars. Tennessee, currently leading the AFC South with a tie-breaker over Indianapolis, is in desperate need of a rebound game after an embarrassing loss to Cleveland. Meanwhile, after having started the season 1-0, Jacksonville is looking to snap an 11-game losing streak. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, December 13th, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM CT
Location: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
TV Coverage: CBS
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyler Eifert (shoulder) Q, Brandon Linder (ankle) Q, Dakota Allen (hamstring) Q, Kamalei Correa (hamstring) Q, Nathan Cottrell (knee) Q, Sidney Jones (achilles) Q, Greg Mabin (hamstring) Q, James Robinson (knee) Q, Laviska Shenault Jr. (thumb) Q
Tennessee Titans: Breon Borders (hip) Q, A.J. Brown (ankle) Q, Dennis Kelly (knee) Q, Adoree’ Jackson (knee) Q, Ben Jones (knee) Q, Rodger Saffold (ankle) Q, Jonnu Smith (knee) Q, Darrynton Evans (hamstring) Q
2020 has been a tumultuous year for the Jacksonville Jaguars. A nearly flawless opener from Gardner Minshew in a win against a tough Indianapolis team in week one was unfortunately the high point of their season thus far. Fast forward to week 14 and not only is Jacksonville two quarterbacks removed from Minshew, they fired their General Manager Dave Caldwell and they’re also riding an 11-game losing streak. Jacksonville simply can’t find a way to close out games, as six of their losses have been decided by one score or less. They’ll host Tennessee, a team jabbing with Indianapolis for the lead in the AFC South.
As a whole, the offense has not been spectacular. Currently, there are only five teams in the NFL that are scoring less than Jacksonville’s 20.9 points per game. The quarterback position, for starters, has been a story all by itself. It started with Gardner Minshew, last year’s rookie craze and a hot topic of discussion heading into the 2020 season. After starting seven games with relatively respectable statistics, an injury kept Minshew on the sideline as rookie Jake Luton took over. Luton started three games before being benched in favor of veteran Mike Glennon. Despite a healthy Minshew and Luton, Glennon will seemingly continue as the Jaguars starting quarterback. At the wide receiver position, Jacksonville has been all over the place. Despite leading the team with 73 targets, 43 receptions, and 575 receiving yards, and being tied for the team-lead with four receiving touchdowns, D.J. Chark has not lived up to the lofty expectations he set for himself in his 2019 sophomore season. Meanwhile, Keelan Cole, Chris Conley, and Laviska Shenault Jr. have all competed for playing time alongside Chark. Perhaps the brightest spot on this Jaguars offense has been undrafted rookie running back James Robinson, who is putting together a spectacular season. On 212 attempts, Robinson has 968 yards and seven rushing touchdowns, in addition to his 42 receptions for 310 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Jacksonville’s offense will need to show up against a beatable Tennessee defense in order to keep up with the Titans’ potent offensive attack.
While the offense has been disappointing, the defense has somehow been worse. Jacksonville’s 29.3 points per game allowed is fourth-highest in the league. They’re getting beat every which way, having given up the third-highest rushing yards per game and fourth-highest passing yards per game in the NFL. Most recently, Kirk Cousins threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns against Jacksonville, and Dalvin Cook rushed 32 times for 120 yards. The lone bright spot in this game coming from a 43-yard pick-six from play-making linebacker Joe Schobert. Jacksonville has also recently dealt with multiple injuries. Rookie cornerback CJ Henderson was placed on IR and has missed the last three games, though he could be eligible to return in this matchup. Star defensive end Josh Allen has also missed the last two games, and his status for this upcoming game is uncertain. Jacksonville needs all the playmaking it can get, as Tennessee boasts one of the most potent and more balanced offenses in the league.
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For the third straight year under head coach Mike Vrabel, Tennessee continues to sneak by as one of the more fundamentally sound football teams in the league. After an impressive run in the 2019 AFC Playoff bracket in which the Titans knocked off both New England and Baltimore only to lose to Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game, Tennessee once again finds themselves not only in the playoff picture, but leading their division and amongst the teams being considered as true Super Bowl contenders. After an impressive victory over division foe Indianapolis in week 12, Tennessee came out flat against Cleveland in week 13, falling behind 38-7 in the first half and ultimately losing 41-35. Look for Tennessee to get back on track and stay atop their division taking on the 1-11 Jaguars.
Since the arrival of Ryan Tannehill in Tennessee, the Titans offense has been a marvel to watch. Starting with Tannehill, the Titans are getting the job done in the air. First, Tannehill is tied with Josh Allen for the sixth-most passing touchdowns in the NFL at 26. Second, his 7.9 Yards per Attempt is ninth-highest in the NFL. Overall, Tannehill has completed 64.9-percent of his passes for 2997 yards, 26 touchdowns, and just 5 interceptions. If it weren’t for the likes of the outrageous numbers from players such as Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers, we’d be gawking at numbers like these. Aiding Tannehill through the air is a pair of great playmakers, A.J. Brown and Corey Davis. Brown has 72 targets, 44 receptions, 725 yards, and eight receiving touchdowns. Likewise, Davis has 53 receptions, 801 yards, and four touchdowns on 70 targets. Last but certainly not least is the NFL’s leading rusher, Derrick Henry. Leading Dalvin Cook by 67 yards, Derrick Henry has 1317 yards and 12 touchdowns on 271 carries. He’s also notched 15 catches for 102 yards through the air. With a dominant running back, and a pair of elite playmakers at the wide receiver position, Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee offense is tough to stop. The defense, however, is a different story.
If Tennessee were to fall short of their goals of winning the division, or winning the Super Bowl, it’ll likely be at the fault of the defense. Take week 13 for example, when Tennessee allowed 41 points to Cleveland. Even more jolting is the fact that 38 of these points came in the first half. Tennessee can’t expect themselves to win their division or win very many playoff games allowing 38 points in one half of football. They’ll need to improve down the stretch if they want any chance of making a run. Their secondary, with household names such as Malcolm Butler, Desmond King, and Kevin Byard, need to play better. They’re currently allowing the fifth-highest passing yards per game in the league at 274.5. While the front seven is allowing a more respectable and near league-average 115.8 rushing yards per game, they’ve only generated an embarrassingly low 14 sacks on the season, which is second-lowest in the NFL. For reference, Pittsburgh has generated 44 sacks on the year, with T.J. Watt accounting for 12 of them himself. It’s nearly impossible to stop an NFL offense without generating pressure on the quarterback, something Tennessee needs to do to have a competitive defense down the stretch. Jacksonville will be a good test, as slowing down James Robinson and forcing Mike Glennon to make plays will give Tennessee an opportunity to gain some confidence.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
If you don’t want to pay up for Mahomes or Wilson around $8000, but don’t want to drop down to players such as Matt Ryan or Mitch Trubisky around $5500, Ryan Tannehill is a perfect compromise at $6700. First, his matchup is more favorable than any player more expensive than him at the moment (Jacksonville is ranked 29th against quarterbacks on DraftKings). Second, his 21.76 average points per game provides an incredible floor, particularly for a quarterback you’re not paying top dollar for. Lastly, it’s Jacksonville. Most recently, Kirk Cousins threw 305 yards and three touchdowns. The week prior, Baker Mayfield at 258 and two touchdowns. Make no mistake about it, the scoring opportunities will be there for Tannehill.
If you’re going to play Tannehill, consider stacking him with one of his wide receivers. Whether or not you want to take Brown or Davis is debatable, but I’d stick with Brown. While Davis may have more catches and yards than Brown, Brown has twice as many touchdowns (8) as Davis does on the year (4) and is the more likely of the two to come down with another. Since missing weeks two, three, and four, Brown has scored at least 12 fantasy points in eight of his nine games, and scored at least 20 in five of those games. On any given week, Brown has the chance to explode for a monster game. If you’re inclined to pivot to Davis instead, it’s understandable. Currently, Brown is $7300 on DraftKings compared to just $5700 for Davis. For reference, a Tannehill-Brown stack will cost you $14,000, compared to a Tannehill-Davis stack at $12,400.
It’s never difficult to put Derrick Henry into your lineup, particularly when the matchup is there. Currently, Jacksonville is allowing the third-highest rushing yards per game in the NFL. Henry has rushed for at least 100 yards or scored at least one touchdown in nine of his 12 games this season. In fact, going back to the beginning of 2019, Henry has scored at least one touchdown or rushed for at least 100 yards in 21 of 27 total games. Against a Jacksonville team with a bad rushing defense, I like the odds of it being 22 of 28 on the chances of him getting 100 yards alone. The only question is whether or not Henry has a monstrous game by adding touchdowns to his yardage.
A few spots under Derrick Henry on DraftKing’s running back list is James Robinson at $7500. While he is rather expensive, he is worth it. First, the touches are virtually guaranteed. Robinson is averaging nearly 18 carries and just over four targets per game. Second, he’s making the most out of those opportunities as well, averaging over 100 combined yards per game. Lastly, he’s finding the end zone. Robinson has seven rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns on the season. All combined, he’s averaging 19.7 fantasy points per game on DraftKings, a number that should go up considering Robinson’s opponent this week, Tennessee, is DraftKings’ 26th-ranked team against opposing running backs. It might be a bit odd, but consider stacking Tannehill with one of his wide receivers and running it back with James Robinson, as he is proven to be game-script proof this season.