The Jaguars travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans today (say that five times fast). This game will pretty much define the Jaguars season if the end result is a loss, but if the Jaguars win, they inch closer to a shot at the playoffs, pending on how other teams like the Colts and the Texans play today.
While it will be a battle between the two teams on each side of the ball, I'm looking for a specific individual matchup that could potentially make-or-break the game for Jacksonville.
But "individual matchups" does not necessarily mean just two players facing off against each other. It could be T.J. Yeldon vs. the Titans front 7, Kendall Wright vs. Aaron Colvin, and more.
Last week's matchup of the Jaguars vs. Chargers game was the Jaguars pass rush vs. Philip Rivers. The Jaguars lost the game 31-25, as well as the matchup. The Jaguars only two sacks, and failed to put much of any pressure on Rivers, as he threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns.
My matchup of the week is Julius Thomas vs. the Titans secondary.
Julius Thomas vs. Titans secondary
Julius Thomas has finally found chemistry with Blake Bortles. In the past two games, they have connected for 14 receptions, 144 yards, and two touchdowns, including a game winner against the Titans two weeks ago on national television :).
The Titans secondary, even though it was injury plagued against the Jaguars two weeks ago, still played well, allowing Bortles to throw for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Now, the Titans have cornerbacks Perrish Cox and Blidi Wreh-Wilson back to full health, so they present the Jaguars with a tougher challenge in the pass game. I'm not trying to say either of these guys are scary, No. 1 corners to go against, however the contribute well to the Titans pass defense.
How this matchup will effect the outcome of the game:
Like I said before, Thomas and Bortles have finally found chemistry as the season has come along. Thomas is starting to become a game-changer for the Jaguars, as he caught the game winner against the Titans two weeks ago, as well as a late 4th quarter TD against the Chargers last week that got the Jaguars back into the game.
If Bortles and Thomas can continue to develop this chemistry and connect in crucial points of games, then the Jaguars passing game can become dynamic. If Bortles and Thomas find ways to connect today against the Titans, they can win this game.