Preview: Tennessee at Jacksonville

When: 8:25 PM ET, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida


Quarterback situations are iffy for the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars as the AFC South doormats prepare to meet in Florida on Thursday in a game that could help determine the No. 1 draft choice. The Titans, losers of eight straight, will stick with third-stringer Charlie Whitehurst after he finished the team's 16-11 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. Rookie Zach Mettenberger (shoulder) remains sidelined while Jake Locker is on injured reserve after hurting his shoulder in the Jets game.

The Jaguars are also preparing for a possible change at QB as rookie starter Blake Bortles is questionable with a sprained foot. Chad Henne, who started the first two games of the season, would get the nod if Bortles cannot go. Bortles threw for a career-high 336 yards while Whitehurst had 233 in Tennessee's 16-14 win in the first meeting Oct. 12. The Titans have not won since and enter Week 16 with the second-best chance to draft first overall, one spot ahead of Jacksonville.

TV: 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network. LINE: Jaguars -3. O/U: 40.5

ABOUT THE TITANS (2-12):
Tennessee has gone two straight games without an offensive touchdown as one of the league's most meager attacks has bottomed out. One consistent issue has been an inability to sustain drives at all - the Titans have lost the time-of-possession battle for seven straight games and are 31st in the league in that category overall (27:03), ahead of only fast-paced Philadelphia. Tennessee is last in third-down percentage (29), although it was a bit better against New York, converting 6-of-16.

ABOUT THE JAGUARS (2-12): Regardless of who starts under center, they will likely face pressure that has made life difficult for Bortles and Henne this season. Jacksonville has given up 19 sacks over the last three weeks and a league-high 62 overall, which is one shy of the franchise record set in 2001. Bortles, who was sacked eight times in a 20-12 loss at Baltimore last weekend, was in a walking boot Monday but told reporters he expects to play.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Titans WR Nate Washington has averaged 72.4 yards over his last five games after failing to reach 70 in each of his first nine contests.

2. Bortles led the Jaguars in rushing in the first meeting with 38 yards.

3. Jacksonville has been penalized the fewest yards (523) in the league while Tennessee has produced the sixth-highest total (894).

PREDICTION:
Jaguars 21, Titans 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Tennessee 2-12 L8 16.5 27.9 1-6 1-6 2-9 0-3 0-0 1-3 2-8
Jacksonville 2-12 L2 15.1 26.9 2-4 0-7 2-9 0-3 0-0 0-4 1-9

Last Meeting

Tennessee Jacksonville
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/12/14 JAC 14 TEN 16 290 70 220 379 82 297

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TEN C. Whitehurst 60.7 233 0 0
JAC B. Bortles 69.6 336 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TEN B. Sankey 18 61 3.4 0
JAC B. Bortles 5 38 7.6 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TEN J. Hunter 3 77 25.7 0
JAC C. Shorts 10 103 10.3 0
TDs Player TD
TEN J. Battle 1
JAC C. Harbor 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TEN Z. Mettenberger 59.8 1412 8 7
JAC B. Bortles 60.8 2676 10 17
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TEN B. Sankey 134 507 3.8 2
JAC D. Robinson 135 582 4.3 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TEN D. Walker 52 793 15.2 4
JAC A. Hurns 46 636 13.8 6
TDs Player TD
TEN K. Wright 5
JAC A. Hurns 6

Quickchart Matchup

Tennessee Off vs  Jacksonville Def
307.9 yards
372.6 yards
4 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
6.9 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt
Jacksonville Off vs  Tennessee Def
293.8 yards
378.7 yards
4.1 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
5.6 yards/attempt
6.9 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
0
-110
40.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-3.5
-110
40
Sportsbook
-110
-3.5
-110
40
5Dimes.eu
-105
-3.5
-105
40
GTBets.eu
-105
-3.5
-105
39.5
Top Bet
-110
-3.5
-110
40.5
BetOnline.ag
-105
-3.5
-105
39.5
BetDSI
-115
-3.5
-110
40
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-114
-3.5
-114
40
Belmont
-110
-3.5
-110
40
BookMaker.eu
-115
-3.5
-110
40
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-3.5
-110
40.5
Mirage
-110
-3.5
-110
40
Station
-110
-3.5
-110
40
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Tennessee Overall Jacksonville
2-12 W/L 2-12
3-10-1 ATS 4-9-1
6-8-0 O/U 7-7-0
16.5 Pts For 15.1
27.9 Pts Against 26.9
Tennessee A/H Jacksonville
1-6 W/L 2-4
2-5-0 ATS 2-4-0
3-4-0 O/U 2-4-0
17.0 Pts For 16.8
30.3 Pts Against 24.2