One can’t watch the Jaguars and Titans without being repelled, fundamentally, by the talent being wasted here.
On one side, you have the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have a young quarterback with considerable upside (and lousy mechanics, but I digress). They have some gifted young defenders, terrific receivers, and a 1-2 punch at running back that at least 20 other teams in the NFL would kill to have. For all that, they’re 2-4, Gus Bradley has one of the worst winning percentages in league history, and they’re somehow in dead last in an awful AFC South. Bradley’s probably hitting the end of the line here, something I think many Jaguars fans will be grateful for.
On the other hand, you have the 3-4 Titans. Marcus Mariota is heating up, but he’s taken a backseat to the ground game in what is essentially Mike Mularkey’s wet dream of an offense. Defensively, they’ve been extremely productive in sacking opposing quarterbacks, with Brian Orakpo leading the way, but there are long stretches of every game where most of the players around him looks like they got lost on their way to a defensive seminar. They’re actually looking like a team on the rise, but if Mularkey can squeeze sustainable success out of this team, it will be one of the rare times he has as a head coach.
Gus Bradley can earn a little more job security by winning tonight, while Mike Mularkey can get his team to .500 and try to build on the impressive pieces he has. I’ve got the Titans, myself.
Titans-Jaguars Game Info
What: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans, Thursday Night Football
When: Tonight! At 8:25 p.m. EST
Where: LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee
Key Story Lines: Can the Jaguars play well, particularly quarterback Blake Bortles? Will the Titans’ build on their sometimes impressive defensive effort? Will we all suffer from watching this game?
Channel: NFL Network