Both squads are severely banged up, but the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) will try to stay in the AFC South race against the Tennessee Titans (2-7) on “Thursday Night Football” at EverBank Field. Coming off a questionable victory in Week 10, the Jaguars are only one game back in the division race with Houston and Indianapolis but could find toppling the Titans difficult with a litany of injuries up and down their roster.
With just four days to rest between games, 13 Jaguars made their way to the injury report this week and several are either doubtful or questionable to play. Defensive tackle Michael Bennett (hamstring), linebacker Dan Skuta (groin), wide receiver Bryan Walters (concussion), and top running back T.J. Yeldon (foot) are all listed questionable on Jacksonville’s official injury report, while tight end Nic Jacobs (hamstring) and running back Bernard Pierce (calf) did not participate in practice all week are doubtful.
The rookie Yeldon, who’s looked impressive in stretches with 531 rushing yards, dealt with the groin injury back in Week 6 and ended up sitting out in a 31-10 loss to Houston. Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson filled in, but could only muster 45 yards while quarterback Blake Bortles led the team with 37 rushing yards.
However, while there’s some glimmers of hope that many of the Jaguars injured can play, the Titans have completely ruled out three other players following the season-ending injuries to receiver Justin Hunter (ankle) and cornerback Jason McCourty (groin).
Defensive lineman Al Woods (ankle), cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring), and wide receiver Kendall Wright (knee) are all listed as out.
The loss of Wright, immediately following Hunter's injury, leaves rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota without his No. 2 and No. 3 receivers. Mariota’s launched 13 touchdowns to six interceptions and is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,795 yards, but with two wide outs gone and the league’s No. 24 rushing attack behind him, the Titans could struggle on offense.
Mariota still has leading pass catcher and tight end Delanie Walker, who’s totaled 508 yards and three touchdowns off 45 receptions, and in the last two weeks veteran tight end Anthony Fasano’s been targeted seven times for four catches for 53 yards and one touchdown.
Start Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL Online
Betting Line: Jacksonville -3
Over/Under: 43 points
Prediction: Tennessee over Jacksonville, 20-17