Take Tennessee even (PK) away vs. Jacksonville
Tennessee wasn’t able to get a week 1 victory, falling to Oakland 26-16. Jacksonville pulled out a stunning victory with a strong defensive effort, as they turned it up against Houston to open the season 29-7. Tennessee actually didn’t play that bad of a game, with Marcus Mariota going 25-41 for 256 yds and the offense gaining 21 first downs and 350 yards as a whole with no turnovers. Jacksonville’s defense with new addition Calais Campbell stole the show on Sunday, with 10 sacks total (4 by Campbell), an INT and 3 fumbles recovered with one being returned for a TD.
These are two teams that finally see a chance of winning an AFC South crown, as Indianapolis seems doomed without Andrew Luck and Houston clearly having issues on the offensive side of the ball. Jacksonville impressed during week 1, but let’s not forget that Houston’s OL is pretty terrible and neither Tom Savage nor Deshaun Watson strike fear into an opponent. And Blake Bortles is still Blake Bortles, the guy who wasn’t a starter and then was again in the preseason, and will now be without his best target in Allen Robinson who was lost for the season. Tennessee’s defense is still a strong unit despite giving up 26 to a potent Oakland offense, and as long as they can slow Leonard Fournette down they can stall the Jags offensive unit. Mariota is also coming into his own in his 3rd season and as long as he gets some protection should be able to move the ball with the combination of Rishard Mathews, Corey Davis, and Delanie Walker with DeMarco Murray churning out some ground yardage. This should be a tight game but one that Tennessee should win, as I expect a slight regression from Jacksonville’s defensive unit this week.