Week 3 Free Preview: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Tennessee Titans (+7) are heading south to face their AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The opening kickoff for this game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET and CBS has the TV rights.

Betting Preview: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Titans enter into this Sunday AFC game as the underdog and they’re currently receiving 7 points. The Titans are also receiving +220 moneyline odds while the Jaguars are -260. Vegas has placed the over/under (O/U) at 39.5 points, and if one team can create a bunch of points in the early stages, it’ll likely generate a reasonable in-game betting scenario.

The Titans have gained 0.2 units so far and are 1-1 against the spread (ATS). The team has posted an O/U record of 1-1.

The Jaguars have gained 2.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. They’re 2-0 ATS and also have an O/U record of 1-1.

The Titans are 1-1 straight up (SU), including 1-0 SU against AFC South opponents. The Jaguars are 2-0 SU overall and 0-0 SU against divisional foes.

The Titans just scored a 20-17 victory over Houston last week. Blaine Gabbert completed 13-of-20 passes for only 117 yards and one touchdown. Derrick Henry (only 56 yards on 18 rushes) and Dion Lewis (42 yards on 14 carries) led the ground attack in the win while Corey Davis (five receptions, 55 yards) and Taywan Taylor (three catches, 32 yards, one TD) handled the receiving duties.

Jacksonville are coming off of a 31-20 win over New England a week ago. The team’s defense did its job in the victory, limiting the Patriots to just 234 passing yards and 82 rushing yards. James White was a bright spot in the loss for New England, posting 73 yards on seven catches. For Jacksonville, Blake Bortles completed 29-of-45 passes for 377 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. T.J. Yeldon (58 yards on 10 rush attempts) mounted the ground attack in the win as Keelan Cole (seven receptions, 116 yards, one TD) and Corey Grant (six catches, 56 yards) led the pass-catching corps.

Tennessee has run the ball on 51.2 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Jacksonville has an overall rush percentage of 40.0 percent. The Titans have produced 108.0 rush yards/game (including 100.0 per game versus South opponents) and have one touchdown via handoffs this year. The Jags are averaging 120.5 rushing yards per game and have yet to record a rush TD.

It appears that the Jags may have an edge in all aspects of the ground game. Their backfield has generated 4.6 yards per carry while their defense is allowing 4.2 YPC to opponents. The Titans have recorded 3.4 yards per carry while allowing a YPC of 4.9 to opponents.

The Titans offensive scheme has averaged 205.5 yards in the air overall (191.0 per game against conference opposition) and has two passing TD so far. The Jags have produced 276.5 pass yards per game and have five total pass score.

Defensively, Tennessee has allowed 134.0 rush yards and 270.0 pass yards per game. The Jacksonville defense has allowed 229.0 yards per game to opposing passers and 98.0 yards per game to opposing runners. The Jags are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 5.59 to opponents, while the Titans have given up a 7.02 ANY/A.

Bortles has been more productive than Gabbert of late. His adjusted net yards per pass attempt stands at 9.16 for the season and 7.03 across his last two outings while Gabbert’s ANY/A is 6.14 and 4.67 over the past two games.

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars Free NFL Tip

SU Winner: Jaguars, ATS Winner: Titans, O/U: Over

Team Betting Notes

  • The Tennessee defensive unit has sacked opposing quarterbacks five times this year. Jacksonville has produced four sacks.
  • The Jacksonville offense has lost one fumble this season while the Tennessee offense has yet to let any get away.
  • Each team has produced zero pass plays of 40 yards or more and one pass play of 30+ yards.
  • The Tennessee defense has allowed one pass play of 40 or more yards, while Jacksonville has given up zero such plays.
  • Both defenses have produced one rushing play of 20 or more yards. The Tennessee offense has recorded one running play of 10+ yards while Jacksonville has accounted for three such plays.
  • Both teams have allowed one rushing play of 20 or more yards. The Titans have given up four running play of 10+ yards while the Jaguars have given up two such plays.
  • Jacksonville was getting 2 points in its previous matchup and the O/U going into it was 44.5. The over cashed and Jacksonville covered in that 31-20 win over New England.
  • Tennessee was the underdog by 3 points in its last game and the Over/Under was set at 41. The under cashed and Tennessee covered in the 20-17 triumph over Houston.