Unlucky Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, October 27th, 2016 at Nissan Stadium

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans will clash in a duel of week 7 losers on Thursday, October 27th at Nissan Stadium. Here are the online NFL betting odds for that game:

Jaguars +3½ (-115) 45½ (-110)
Titans -3½ (-105) 45½ (-110)

The Jaguars (2-4) failed to defeat former head coach Jack Del Rio, currently with the Oakland Raiders, and lost their third home game in a row. As a result of this result, current Jags head coach Gus Bradley could also become a former Jags head coach. The Jaguars are 14-40 in four seasons with Bradley, and the 16-33 loss to the Raiders was characterized by an underwhelming performance on both sides of the ball. Starting QB Blake Bortles threw 23 of 43 for 246 yards with two interceptions and one TD pass that was the proverbial drop in a bucket. The Jags had the fewest yards on offense (344) against the Raiders’ league-worst defense.

The Titans (3-4) have never beaten Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, and week 7 was no different. As online NFL betting fans like to say, lady Luck is a fickle mistress, but there is nothing fickle in how Luck has the Titans figured out. Tennessee was riding a two-game winning streak but simply ran out of luck against the Colts. Titans’ signal-caller Marcus Mariota had an opportunity to lead a comeback, but he was sacked – one of three times he was sacked – with 1:47 remaining on the clock. Colts OLB Robert Mathis picked up the ball and ran with it 14 yards for the go-ahead score.

If it were not to take place on a Thursday, this game would probably get lost in the shuffle. And it still could use a little online NFL betting action at a football betting site to make matters a bit more interesting. The Jags and the Titans have met each other on four occasions in the last couple of years and each has won two at home. That alone should seem to make the Titans the straight-up favorites. However, Tennessee is 1-6-1 against the spread against AFC South opponents since the start of 2015. On the other hand, the Jags are 4-2-1 against the spread versus intradivisional opponents in the same period.

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey is not too keen on playing on Thursday nights. He’s more of a fan of Friday Night Lights. Can’t say I disagree, though. I’ve loved Kyle Chandler since Early Edition. “I don’t know if a short week’s good at any time,” Mularkey said. Ok, but what about a long weekend? Only the Houston Texans have a winning record in the AFC South division, meaning that the Titans still have a chance to be the least worst in said division. And that should not be too much of a stretch either, what with the shape the Jags’ offense is, leading some – such as Florida Times-Union’s Gene Frenette – to believe that the Jaguars may have picked the wrong QB at the 2014 NFL Draft.