The last time that the Tennessee Titans visited, on Christmas Eve 2016, the Jacksonville Jaguars for some online NFL betting action, they got some coal in their socks, the Titans did. Starting quarterback Marcus Mariota fractured his right fibula, Tennessee lost 17-38, and the Titans sans Mariota missed the postseason for the eighth straight year. Mariota, however, is entering this Sunday with, as the Romans would have said, a tabula rasa.
- Date: Sunday, 17th September
- Time: 1:00 PM
- Venue: EverBank Field
Sportsbook Online NFL Betting Odds:
Titans PK (-122) 43½ (-110)
Jaguars PK (+101) 43½ (-110)
A Whole Lotta Mariota
“Honestly, I haven’t really put much thought into it,” the Titans QB said, per Tennessean.com, referring to his return to EverBank field. “It’s a division opponent and it’s a road game. Most important is just going out there, playing well and getting a win. We didn’t play very well in our division last season and we have to change that if we want to go on and accomplish the things we want to do.” The Titans are coming off a Week 1 16-26 loss to the Raiders in which, as tight end Delanie Walker put it, they lacked a sense of urgency. Heck, Marshawn Lynch didn’t even feel the urgency to stand during the national anthem, and his sitting didn’t sit well with some.
Marshawn you should have stayed retired.
— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) August 14, 2017
Tennessee fans, though, must be glad that Lynch, being one of the few highlights for his team, as was rookie Corey Davis, didn’t stay retired. Davis played, out of 64, 42 offensive snaps, and finished with 69 yards on six receptions. As the team’s official website says, “The Titans had their moments,” more of which they’ll need if they want to not just win but cover as well. Tennessee is 1-5-2 against the online NFL betting spread in the last eight meetings with the Jags and 0-4-1 ATS in the last five visits to Jacksonville.
The One Behind 1-0
The Jaguars beat, like Phil Collins, that is, against all odds, the Houston Texans 29-7 on Sunday – their first season-opening win since 2011. Much of the credit goes to one man, one man whom the offensive line did his best to protect, one man whose is most definitely not Blake Bortles. Rookie running back Leonard Fournette had, with 100 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, the best debut at his position in the history of the franchise. On fourth-and-goal from the Texans’ 1-yard line, Fournette barreled through linebacker Brian Cushing like he, Fournette, was Zinedine Zidane and Cushing was Marco Materazzi.
Hey, it’s just like people say; more Cushing more the pushing. Fournette amassed his century of yards in short bursts, but it was more important how he ran than just how far. On the downside, though, the Jags lost wide receiver Allen Robinson for the season with a torn ACL. Rumours that he grew old and passed away waiting for Bortles to throw an accurate pass his way are unfounded. The Jags have beaten the Titans, and covered the online NFL betting spread, in five of their last six times hosting them.