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Lack of Motivation Won’t Be an Issue for Jaguars vs Titans

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans have always had a rivalry, but up until this season, it’s never resulted in meaningful football. That’s about to change ahead of Week 17’s matchup at Nissan Stadium.

Xbet opened the Titans as 4-point home favorites with a total of 41.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Titans are 5-1 SU in their last six games at home.
  • The Jaguars are 0-7 SU in their last seven games on the road in December.
  • The Jaguars are 1-10 SU and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in Week 17.

This game is undoubtedly extremely important for Tennessee, as a win in this one will put the Titans in the playoffs. If the Baltimore Ravens lose to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Titans could climb as high as the No. 5 seed. Jacksonville has already locked up the AFC South and will be the No. 3 seed, so it’s very possible these teams could collide in the wild-card round of the playoffs since the Jaguars can’t earn a first-round bye even if they win.

This game doesn’t mean anything to Jacksonville standings-wise, and it’s logical for bettors to be concerned about backing them this weekend. But Jags coach Doug Marrone told reporters on Tuesday that he won’t be resting his starters for the rivalry game, adding his team is “all-in” on beating the Titans. The Jaguars have long been the doormat of the AFC South, and this contest is a great opportunity for them to extract some revenge against a team that’s had the upper hand in this series over the years.

The Titans have dropped three straight and are struggling mightily on both sides of the ball, but the biggest problem has been under center. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has been straight-up bad in the second half of the season by throwing six touchdowns and 10 interceptions since Week 9 and the running game has averaged just 76.3 rushing yards per game in December.

The Jaguars and Titans have a penchant for going above totals when they play in Tennessee, as the OVER is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the clubs at Nissan Stadium.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game picked a 24-22 victory for the Titans. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tennessee Titans sport a record of 8-7 and 7-7-1 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Jacksonville Jaguars sit at 10-5 and 9-6 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER totals records are 9-6 for the Titans and 8-7 for the Jaguars. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tennessee vs Jacksonville injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 15-rated Titans and the No. 6-rated Jaguars in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Tennessee Titans' No. 18-ranked offense (21.27 PPG) against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that ranks No. 2 at 16.87 PPG. The Titans passing attack has averaged 205 yards per game, more than the Jaguars give up through the air (173.47 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Jaguars feature the league's No. 18-rated road run defense, allowing 114.86 yards per game. The Titans, meanwhile, rank No. 4 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Jacksonville's aerial attack generated 382 yards but it was the 49ers coming away with a 44-33 victory over Jacksonville at Levi's Stadium.

In their last game, the Titans were Week 16 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 27-23 score against Los Angeles.

Betting Trends
  • Jacksonville is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Jacksonville is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Jacksonville's last 5 games
  • Jacksonville is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tennessee is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Tennessee is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games at home
  • Tennessee is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home