Two disappointing AFC South teams face off in a divisional matchup. In a game both need to win badly, the head-scratching Tennessee Titans head to the dysfunctional Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. In this prediction, let's dive into a Titans spread vs. Jaguars pick and determine the best bet for this AFC South prediction.
NFL Week 5 pick: Titans vs. Jaguars Prediction
Tennessee is coming off an unforeseen loss to the New York Jets, where they were missing their top two targets for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Jacksonville has yet to win a game this season and is now a centerpiece of NFL news for all the wrong reasons.
The Jets and Jaguars are considered two of the worst teams in the league this season. After losing to one, the Titans cannot afford to lose to the other in back-to-back weeks. Tennessee does have injury concerns, as they have 25 players listed on the injury report. With wide receiver A.J. Brown returning this week, Tannehill will improve his aerial attack to go along with the Derrick Henry ground attack.
Tennessee's offense as a whole has been ho-hum. They sit right in the middle of the league with 23.8 points per game, ranking 14th overall. They are top 10 in rushing and passing attempts per game, yet Tannehill only has five touchdowns and three interceptions. The Titans' defense has similar issues as last season and is allowing the 7th most points per game at 27.8 per contest.
The Jaguars have had a whirlwind of drama surrounding their franchise since they hired head coach Urban Meyer and drafted rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. It started with the signing of Tim Tebow in the offseason and has continued to this week with Meyer's personal choices coming to the forefront.
Jacksonville lost receiver D.J. Chark last week, which may have consequences for an offense already struggling this season. The Jaguars have had trouble keeping leads (although they are rare) and have collapsed during the second half in games against the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals. Jacksonville's defense is one of six that have allowed more points per game than Tennessee.
Titans vs. Jets Prediction and Pick
Tennessee needs this game to stay in the playoff picture and to control the AFC South. With key players returning for the Titans like Brown, Tannehill & Co. should win this game against their divisional foe comfortably. Take the Titans -4.5 on the FanDuel Sportsbook and expect Tennessee to control this game comfortably from start to finish.
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