Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Matchup Preview (10/10/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Matchup Preview (10/10/21)

The AFC South is a very difficult division to figure out. The division saw some major competition from two teams last year, with the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans fighting for the top spot all season. Meanwhile, the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars spent last year struggling to put together wins, with the Jags finishing with the worst record in the league. Well, strangely enough, the top of the division hasn’t looked great this season. The Colts have struggled to a 1-3 mark while the Titans just fell to 2-2. Meanwhile, the Texans and Jaguars have faced a tough time early in the season, with the Jaguars winless and the Texans 1-3. When the Titans face the Jaguars this Sunday, we might get a little more clarity on this consistently inconsistent division.

The Titans just had a major gut check after an overtime loss to the New York Jets. After the Jets were just shut out by the Denver Broncos the week beforehand, the team put 27 points on Tennessee and ended with a win. If not for kicker Randy Bullock missing the final field goal of the game, they could have ended with a tie. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars are in a chaotic state after the past week. They just dropped another lead by letting the Cincinnati Bengals come back on Thursday Night Football to keep the team winless. They’re facing major questions about their coaching staff too, as Urban Meyer’s seat just became incredibly hot. Who will come away with a win when the two face off this Sunday? Let’s take a look.

Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Odds

Nothing more fun than picking a winner after two heartbreaking losses. However, it’s not time to panic for at least one of these teams. The Titans are an inconsistent team, which many analysts predicted this year. The team will need to right the ship to compete in this division, but they’re lucky that the rest of the AFC South is lackluster this season. The Titans might make you sweat every time you bet on them, but they’ve got a capable squad with the pieces to succeed. 

It’s impossible to quantify how much off-field distractions can affect a team, but we’ll see how much of a difference it makes for the Jaguars this week. The possibility of an Urban Meyer departure has been the hot topic in sports media all week, and you have to think that might make a difference. Between that and the highs and lows of dropping two straight games in which they led, this team could very well be emotionally exhausted. 

Personally, I can see the Titans getting an early lead here and not letting go, especially if Ryan Tannehill’s top receivers return. The young Jaguars offense will have some opportunities against the Titans defense, but they won’t be able to make enough stops. Expect the Titans to improve to 3-2 with hopes of future consistency while the Jaguars get their 20th straight loss and continue their downward spiral. 

My Predictions: Titans win 27-20, Titans -4, under 48.5

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TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, October 10
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, FL
TV Coverage: CBS

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Injuries

Tennessee Titans: WR Julio Jones (hamstring) Q, P Brett Kern (groin) Q, LB Bud Dupree (knee) Q, CB Caleb Farley Q, WR AJ Brown Q, RB Darrynton Evans (knee) IR, G Rodger Saffold III (head) Q, TE Tommy Hudson (ankle) Q, DT Larrell Murchison (elbow) IR
Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle) Q, K Josh Lambo (personal) Q, AJ Cann (knee) IR, WR DJ Chark Jr (ankle) IR, RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) Q

Tennessee Titans Analysis

The Titans are extremely close to being 1-3. An overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks gave them their first defining win, but it was extremely close. Losing to the New York Jets, considered one of the bottom handful of teams in the league, has got to sting. The Titans have an experienced coach in Mike Vrabel and a veteran quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, yet were taken out by a lowly team with a rookie QB and a first-time head coach. 

Much of the blame is put on the defense, and for good reason. The team has allowed 27 or more points in three out of four games this season, and they made the sub-par Jets offense look competent last week. They’re making opposing quarterbacks look good, with an average QBR of 102.3 when facing the Titans. With plenty of talented quarterbacks in the AFC, they’ve got to do better if Tennessee wants to return to the playoffs.

The bright spot, as you might have to expect, has been Derrick Henry. The running back, who led the league with over 2,000 rushing yards last season, is averaging 127.5 yards per game with a 4.5 average. However, the offense needs more from the passing game, which should look better with the return of wide receivers Julio Jones and AJ Brown. The Titans offense was the reason they made it into the playoffs last year. They’ll need it to continue firing on all cylinders to win this time around.

Tennessee Titans Depth Chart

QB: Ryan Tannehill
RB1: Derrick Henry
RB2: Jeremy McNichols
WR1: Chester Rogers
WR2: Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
WR3: Josh Reynolds
TE1: Anthony Firsker

Jacksonville Jaguars Analysis

It is not a fun time to be a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars right now. The team is on a 19-game losing streak from last season, and is still winless throughout four games. All the possible hope that new coach Urban Meyer and new QB Trevor Lawrence could quickly turn around the ailing franchise has been deflated. Meyer is facing not only a losing record and speculation he could leave the job to return to college coaching, but off-the-field controversy that has served as a distraction to the organization.

Trevor Lawrence hasn’t set the league on fire like many thought, but he showed improvement last week against the Bengals. He put up his best stats of the season on Thursday Night Football, posting career highs in completion percentage and quarterback rating and enjoying his first game without an interception. In a season that could turn more disastrous by the week, he’s going to have to continue growing under the major stress the team is facing. The rest of the offense showed signs of life last week as well, with RB James Robinson posting two touchdowns and WR Laviska Shenault Jr. just missing a 100-yard game by a yard. 

The team has got to stop giving away leads if they want to stay afloat. After ending the first half ahead of the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals, the Jaguars have let go of two leads against winning teams. Much of the blame has to go to a porous defense. The Jags are allowing 418.5 yards per game, and they’re going to have a tough time standing up against an often-explosive Titans offense.

Jacksonville Jaguars Depth Chart

QB: Trevor Lawrence
RB1: James Robinson
RB2: Dare Ogunbowale
WR1: Tyron Johnson
WR2: Marvin Jones Jr.
WR3: Laviska Shenault Jr.
TE1: Dan Arnold

Jacksonville Jaguars Daily Fantasy Picks

I’m liking RB James Robinson in this game. The young running back is becoming a bright spot on this offense after racking up two touchdowns against the Bengals. He’s currently listed at $6,000 on DraftKings, an entire $3,000 cheaper than opposing RB Derrick Henry. While I’m not saying Robinson will outperform Henry, I think you’re better off picking up Robinson and saving some cap space.

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Anthony Elio is a professional writer based in Denver, CO. While he’s written about everything from video games to couponing in the past, he’s set his sights on sports betting. He also plays drums in the Denver rock band Television Generation.

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