The 0-2 Jacksonville Jaguars will host the 1-1 Tennessee Titans on this weeks version of Thursday night football. The Titans are coming off a disappointing home loss the the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars are coming off a last second 13-12 loss to the Houston Texans. Both teams have been hit by the injury bug and will hope to get healthy prior to week 3.
The Jaguars lost starting quarterback Nick Foles to injury in week one and went into their game on Sunday as -8.5 point underdogs. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew led a long drive late in the game with the Jaguars trailing by 7. The drive featured an 18 yard run on 4th and 10 and ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass to D.J Chalk. With the option to kick the extra point and send the game into overtime Jaguars Coach Doug Marrone elected to go for the win by attempting a two-point conversion. They handed the ball to running back Leonard Fournette who was stopped at the goal line and sent the Jaguars to an 0-2 record. The decision to go for 2 in that situation is obviously open to some criticism of Marrone. If they had gotten in he would have received praise for aggressive play calling. However, he did not get in and allowing your team to fall to 0-2 gives them a 12% chance to make the playoffs. Minshew finished with 213 passing yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars defense was dominant throughout sacking Deshaun Watson 4 times and holding the Texans to only 13 points
After a mighty impressive showing in week one the Titans were looking forward to their home matchup with the Indianapolis Colts who are playing this season without retired quarterback Andrew Luck. Sloppy performance and poor decision making from the offense resulted in only 17 points scored. When Luck”s backup Jacoby Brisset found T.Y Hilton in the end zone with 4:38 it proved to be an insurmountable lead as the Titans were unable to put any more points on the board. Quarterback Marcus Mariotta was 19/28 for a measly 154 yards. It wont be long before we start hearing rumors of Ryan Tannehill taking over as the starting QB if Mariotta’s poor play continues. Running back Derrick Henry had a nice day with 15 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. One has to wonder why he isn’t receiving more carries/touches.
Both teams will be in redemption mode on Thursday night with the short rest. The Jaguars will have the benefit of the home crowd but will need more than a crowd to get the offense going. Minshew looked better last week but far from dominant. Mariotta has never performed up to his high draft pick status. Whatever team gets better quarterback play and the running game going is likely to be the winner. Both defenses are more than capable of holding their own so it will be up to both offenses to make some adjustments with only a few days to prepare.