The Tennessee Titans are playing the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium on Sunday at 1 PM ET. The current point spread for this game is Jaguars +9. Read our full Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans prediction below.
The Titans started their season exactly as they would have liked it, securing a 16-14 tight win over the Denver Broncos in the season opener, in a game where Derrick Henry rushed for 116 yards on 31 carries while Ryan Tannehill completed 29 of his 43 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. The Titans, who finished last season in second place of the AFC South standings with a 9-7 record, went 10-8-1 ATS in 2019 -- including the playoffs -- and went 4-4 at home during the regular season; this will be their first game at home in 2020. Even though Tannehill is coming off a career-year in 2017 where he won the Comeback Player of the Year Award, Tannehill might not be able to win games on his own for the Titans, especially considering how well the Jaguars secondary looked during the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. If the Titans want to have a shot at winning their season opener, they needed to do two things -- run the ball through Henry and find a way to put pressure on Gardner Minshew II. Doing those two things will go a long way towards securing victory against a Jacksonville team that looked quite surprising in their 2020 debut.
Speaking of the Jaguars, Jacksonville was one of the most surprising teams in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL regular season thanks to a big 27-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts, and that win had three clear standout talking points -- the performance of Gardner Minshew II, who completed 19 of his 20 passes for 173 yards and three scores, the fact that James Robinson racked up 62 yards on the ground, and the stellar defensive play. First-round rookie C.J. Henderson was one of the best players for the Jaguars in the season opener, as he recorded a key interception and also made a huge play on a fourth-down pass against T.Y. Hilton that could’ve changed the course of the game in the fourth quarter. That said, the Jaguars struggled badly in 2019 -- they ended in the last place of the AFC South with a 6-10-0 record -- and were also a below-average team when looking at their ATS record, going 7-9-0. The Jaguars will still rely on their defense as their calling card and, with that in mind, they will probably repeat the same approach they had against the Colts, where the defense made the biggest plays and the offense capitalized on the opportunities. Expecting another mistake-free game from Minshew might be too much, but the second-year signal-caller will have to be quite sharp on his decision making once again if the Jaguars want to have at least a shot of pulling the upset here.
The Titans will have to run the ball successfully against the Jaguars to earn their second win of the season, but that might be easier said than done considering the Jaguars looked better-than-expected in the season opener against the Colts. The Jaguars are underdogs here, but a strong defensive performance -- and another accurate performance from Minshew -- might have them a good of chance of pulling the upset Sunday. Subscribe to BetQL to get our model’s Jaguars vs. Titans prediction and see all the data we have on this game.