Titans Vs. Jags Thursday Night Football Against The Spread PickNoah Williams
In a head-scratcher of a NFL week 16 followup to last week’s ugly Cards vs Rams Thursday Night Football game, the QB-short Tennessee Titans visit Blake Bortles, Toby Gerhart and the Jacksonville Jaguars to christen the second to last week of the 2014 NFL season.
With identical 2-12 records, the highlight of this game may be the battle to see who will lose more convincingly in order to improve their odds for a prime draft choice upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.
— SundayNight Football (@SNFonNBC) December 16, 2014
The Thursday Night Football online betting spread has the Jacksonville Jags as one field-goal favorites over the visiting Tennessee Titans and the game total is at 41 points.
Matchup: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Date: Dec. 18, 2014
Start Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Stadium: EverBank Field
TV Info: NFL Network
Radio: Tennessee Vs Jacksonville
Point Spread: Jaguars -3
Game Total: 41
Analyzing My Week 16 Thursday Night Football Against The Spread Pick – Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Titans enter to this matchup with an eight losses in a row, including a 16-11 defeat on Sunday against the NY Jets. With two Heisman winning QBs entering the draft (Mariota this year and Jameison last year) projected first rounder picks, it may behoove either team to tank this game to get a shot at them.
The Titans Zach Mettenberger experiment has failed to bear any fruit and some may even argue that Mettenberger may NOT be the Titans QB of the future. He has six starts under his belt in his rookie campaign and now is sidelined for the year with an injury.
The Titans didn’t win any of those games and Mettenberger had his ups and downs on the field, but he feels like he did enough to convince coach Ken Whisenhunt and General Manager Ruston Webster that he’s the right man for the job.
“I believe I have shown them enough, I just hope I’ve shown y’all enough to write good columns from here until next season,” Mettenberger said, via the Tennessean. “But I am confident in my abilities and what I have put on the field and what I have put on tape, and I think I have shown ownership, Ruston and the staff that I can play at a high level and I am going to continue to get better.”
Keeping with the QB hotseat theme, the Titans will rely on third-stringer Charlie Whitehurst or freshly signed QB Jordan Palmer for the rest of the season.
— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) December 15, 2014
The Titans have the 22nd passing offense in the NFL and 27th rushing; they score 16.5 points per game, which is worst in the league, only behind the NY Jets, Oakland Raiders and their week 16 opponents, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars may not be as interested in drafting a QB in 2015 after selecting QB Blake Bortles in the 2014 draft, but a top 3 pick will be highly coveted in the offseason, just ask the Saint Louis Rams who received three first-round draft picks and a second-round pick for the 2012 second overall pick that would become Robert Griffen III.
In his first season, Bortles has completed 253 of his 416 passes in the season for 2676 yards 10 TDs & 17 INTs with a 70.6 passer rating. Jacksonville is coming off 20-12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, where their rookie QB threw for 210 yards, 1 INTs without a score.
"No touchdowns," coach Gus Bradley lamented. "Even if we get one, one touchdown, it gives us a great opportunity in this game."
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) December 15, 2014
The Jags have the 29th ranked passing offense, the 25th ranked rushing offense and the lowest scoring offense in the NFL.
This will be the second time coaches Ken Whisenhunt and Gus Bradley face each other after meeting in week 6 where the game eded in a 16-14 Titans victory.
The Tennessee Titans are 1-6 ATS in its last seven games, 1-5 ATS in its last six games on the road, 0-5 SU in its last five games on the road. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-15 SU in its last 17 games, 4-19 SU in its last 23 games at home, 3-11-1 ATS in its last 15 games at home and 4-11-2 ATS in its last 17 games overall.
When playing each other, Jacksonville is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tennessee, but 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing the Titans. The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Jacksonville’s last 10 games when playing Tennessee.