NFL Betting Lines — Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars are very similar in the respect that they are very interested in running the ball first and seeing what possibilities open up.

The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars are very similar in the respect that they are very interested in running the ball first and seeing what possibilities open up. There are some differences beyond that, and so we will see who can take advantage on either side as these teams meet in J-Ville (EverBank Field) at 1 PM ET on Sunday. Keep in mind that if you are a customer atBetAnySports, you’ll have a chance to place wagers even after the opening whistle has blown, utilizing the state-of-the-art software made available through Live Betting Ultra.
The Jaguars looked pretty awesome last week when they terrorized Houston quarterbacks for ten sacks in a 29-7 win. They also did a great job on the ground, with 155 yards as a team, and you know that the script will include plenty of activity for Leonard Fournette, the first-round pick from LSU. They have to do what they can to protect Blake Bortles, who has a tendency to make bad decisions and throw interceptions. We didn’t exactly see an effective Bortles against the Texans, as he had only eleven completions.
Marcus Mariota will be able to evade the Jacksonville pass rush a lot better than Tom Savage did last week (sacked seven times in one half). But Mariota is another guy who will need for his ground game to work for him. As head coach Mike Mularkey got the “interim” label taken off in the last off-season, he made the commitment to running it, and DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry (like Mariota, a Heisman Trophy winner) were brought aboard. The result – a 9-7 season, which almost got the Titans into the playoffs.
In the NFL betting lines that have been posted by the good folks over at BetAnySports, the Titans are the road favorites:
Tennessee Titans  -2
Jacksonville Jaguars  +2
 
Over 42 points -110
Under 42 points  -110
Mariota suffered a broken leg toward the end of last season, and so it was a source of great encouragement that he was able to scamper for a ten-yard touchdown last week . But he out the ball in the air 41 times, while the Titans ran it only 21 times, and that is not necessarily what Mularkey wants to do. And that kind of play selection will allow the Jags to tee off more. So is that something we would expect? That’s an intriguing storyline for this game.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone’s game plan called for almost 60% running plays, and J-Ville will be without its top receiver in this one, as Allen Robinson is out for the season with a knee injury. There was some depth in that receiver corps, though, but with Dede Westbrook also on injured reserve, it’s thinning out.
BetAnySports patrons might see something different in this matchup then they did last year, when the two meetings produced a combined 115 points. But the Jags totaled only 132 rushing yards in those two games. That is going to change; and the Titans allowed the Oakland Raiders to control the ball on the ground at exactly the wrong times last week, as Marshawn Lynch didn’t look all that rusty after his one-year retirement.
For the last two seasons, Jacksonville has been adding quality people on defense. They acquired Calais Campbell in the off-season, for example, along with safety Barry Church (who was a member of the Dallas Cowboys last year) and they think that with AJ Bouye (came from Houston) and Jalen Ramsey (listed as questionable with an ankle injury but likely to play) constitute one of the league’s best combos at the corners. And they have also covered five straight times hosting Tennessee, for what it’s worth. We’ll grab the points in this one.
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