JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for a touchdown during their season opener against Akeem Ayers #56 of the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season 16-14 in a close game that ended on a Matt Hasselbeck interception in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars looked much different back then, on both sides of the football. Luke McCown was the team's starting quarterback, less than a week removed from released David Garrard. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew was operating on a "pitch count" and carried the football 24 times, including just two carries in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars defense wasn't ravaged by injuries and your starting wide receivers were Jason Hill and Mike Thomas.
Fast forward to today however, and you've got a struggling rookie Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, and offensive line that's hit or miss every play, Chastin West & Jarett Dillard starting at wide receiver, and a defense starting street free agents in the secondary. You've also got Maurice Jones-Drew having one of the best season's for a Jaguars running back ever, considering what he's working with and what he's facing defensively every game. He'll be facing a Titans defense this week that gives up nearly 130 rushing yards per game.
The Jaguars will be facing a Titans team who looks much different as well. The Titans lost star wide receiver Kenny Britt for the season and the Chris Johnson that was completely shut down on the first game of the season isn't the same Chris Johnson the Jaguars will be facing this week. The Titans are also still in the running for a playoff position, however unlikely. If the Jaguars can beat the Titans this week, they can almost certainly eliminate them from playoff contention.
Here is was Odds Shark has to say about the game:
OddsShark Staff - Jacksonville comes off a blowout loss and has now lost 8 of 9 road games, with the lone victory at Indy a few weeks back.They visit a Tennessee Titans squad that lost at Indy in Week 15, making this a matchup of AFC South also-rans and a game with questionable motivation on both sides. The Week 16 NFL odds however point to the Titans, as they opened at -9 at many online sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.Six of the past seven meetings have played UNDER the total, making the over-under worthy of consideration for NFL trend watchers.
Official Prediction: Tennessee 20, Jacksonville 10