Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - 12/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Jacksonville Jaguars (10-5) at Tennessee Titans (8-7)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Nissan Stadium)
The Line: Tennessee Titans -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans meet Sunday in NFL action at Nissan Stadium.
The Jacksonville Jaguars look to build momentum heading into the playoffs while winning at least 11 games for the first time since the 2007 season. The Jacksonville Jaguars have split their last six road games. Blake Bortles is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 3,529 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Bortles has two or more touchdown passes in each of his last four games. Keelan Cole and Marqise Lee have combined for 1,417 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Allen Hurns has 36 receptions. The Jacksonville Jaguars ground game is averaging 145.3 yards per contest, and Leonard Fournette leads the way with 971 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing 16.9 points and 289.7 yards per game. Telvin Smith leads the Jacksonville Jaguars with 93 tackles, Calais Campbell has 14.5 sacks and A.J. Bouye has six interceptions.
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The Tennessee Titans will make the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 NFL season with a victory here. The Tennessee Titans have won five of their last six home games. Marcus Mariota is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards, 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Mariota has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews have combined for 1,576 receiving yards and seven touchdowns Eric Decker has 51 receptions. The Tennessee Titans ground game is averaging 114.5 yards per contest, and Derrick Henry leads the way with 693 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Tennessee is allowing 23.1 points and 334.6 yards per game. Wesley Woodyard leads the Tennessee Titans with 119 tackles, Derrick Morgan has 7.5 sacks and Kevin Byard has six interceptions.
The Jaguars are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games, 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC South. The Titans are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 home games, 13-38-4 ATS in their last 55 vs. AFC and 21-43-4 ATS in their last 68 games overall. The Jaguars are 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 meetings, the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Usually I take the better team and the free points, but the Tennessee Titans are at home, where they've played their best football all season, and can make the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade with a victory. Hard not to take the Titans here. The Jacksonville Jaguars are pretty much locked into their spot and should be focusing on staying healthy for the wild card game coming up next week. We also just saw the Jags get torched by the 49ers, and while the Titans don't have the same offensive firepower, they do have a power running game that can do some damage. I expect a big crowd and inspired players. I'll take the Titans by a touchdown, even if there's better games on Sunday's card.