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NFL Week 14 Thursday Night Pick: Jaguars at Titans

The Jaguars have struggled against the Titans in recent years. Can Jacksonville put an end to Tennessee’s dominance?

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NFL Week 14 Thursday Night Pick: Jaguars at Titans

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Woof. A big ol’ woof for my picks last week.

I went 7-9. I didn’t know the Packers were THAT bad. Head Coach Mike McCarthy was fired, and quite frankly, it was overdue. I mean it’s not Marvin Lewis-overdue, but overdue nonetheless. Joe Philbin takes over as interim Head Coach for the rest of the season, but I can’t imagine Green Bay will stick with him for next year and they will look at some potential candidates.

It will be interesting to see how the search progresses, but some names I’ve seen being thrown around are a mix of pro and college coaches,such as Josh McDaniels (Patriots Offensive Coordinator), Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Eric Bienemy (Chiefs Offensive Coordinator), Matt LaFleur (Titans Offensive Coordinator), Bruce Arians (who would personally be my pick but is allegedly not interested), and even…Nick Saban?!

Some quick hits before I get to the Thursday Night game…

Cowboys defense is LEGIT, but I need to see more from their offense.

Yup, I guess the Falcons are THAT bad too. That defense is pitiful. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that the five absolute worst defenses in the league are the Bengals, Raiders, Buccaneers, Chiefs (yup, that’s right!), and the Falcons. If you looked at the Falcons on paper, you would think that they would be a pretty damn good team. I have to imagine that Dan Quinn’s seat is at least warming up.

Look out for the Broncos, Bills are done, Panthers sliding, Texans could be for real, Vikings are disappointing, Seahawks are soaring, Steelers are hurting, here come the Eagles, and what the hell happened to the Colts?! Oh yeah, and the Rams already clinched their division.

Craziness has ensued and the playoff races are tightening up. This will be a HUGE week for some teams.

One of those teams will be the Tennessee Titans; as they take on the Jaguars at home.

In recent years, the Titans have dominated the Jaguars. Tennessee has won five of the last six meetings, and the last time the Jaguars took out the Titans was on Christmas Eve in 2016.

The first meeting of this season between the two teams was a dog of a game. Titans won 9-6 and there was not a single touchdown scored. Leonard Fournette, however, did not play in that game for Jacksonville, so it will be interesting to see how Tennessee’s defense will adjust to Fournette’s attack. Tennessee is probably average to decent against the run, but I do expect Fournette to be a workhorse for the Jags’ offense.

Titans Need This

This is a big game for the Titans; not so much for the Jaguars. If the Tennessee manages to sweep Jacksonville tonight, then they will move to above .500 at 7-6, and will certainly be in the mix for the AFC wild card spot. Titans are tied with the Colts for 2nd in the AFC South, but Indy has a tough one this week on the road at Houston, so this is a good opportunity for the Titans to move ahead of the Colts after beating a struggling Jaguars team.

So who wins?

I think this will be a close game and, hopefully, there will be at least one touchdown. Right?! I like the Titans to buckle down on their division rival and pull out the victory at home. Titans win 23-20.

Enjoy the game and stay tuned this week for my Sunday and Monday picks!

Matt lives in Newnan, Georgia but was born and raised in Upstate New York. He is a fan of the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Boston Celtics. At the collegiate level, he is a Notre Dame and Syracuse fan (yeah he can root for both, and what?!) He must, however, find a soccer team to root for. So him out there. All suggestions are welcome. You can catch Matt on the Turf mostly covering NFL, NBA, MLB, College Football and Basketball, and Horse Racing (that is not a typo, he practically grew up on a racetrack). It's nothing's strictly sports.

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