NFL Week 17 odds: Jacksonville at Tennessee
The probably would like to lose Sunday at Tennessee as Jacksonville is fighting Kansas City for the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
The Jaguars come off a 23-16 loss to New England. Chad Henne was 29-of-51 for 348 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Jaguars (2-13), who squandered a 10-0 first- quarter lead. New Jaguars owner Shad Khan has to decide if first-year coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Gene Smith will return after the team missed the playoffs for a fifth straight season. The Jaguars, who’ve dropped 11 of 12 overall, must end a five-game road losing streak to complete their first season sweep of the Titans since 2005. Jacksonville ended a seven-game overall slide with a 24-19 victory over the Titans on Nov. 25.
The Titans were blasted 55-7 by Green Bay in Week 16. Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker struggled all day, going just 13-of-30 through the air for 140 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions in the setback, Tennessee’s fourth in its last five games. In their second season under Mike Munchak, the Titans (5-10) have missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year. They have major questions on both sides of the ball as second-year quarterback Locker has more interceptions (11) than touchdown passes (10) and the team is giving up a league-worst 30.1 points per game.
Tennessee’s Chris Johnson is arguably the most explosive ball carrier in the NFL thanks to rare speed. When the Titans are able to get him into space he can cause a lot of problems. This season it has been a little sink or swim for Johnson. He has tied a career high in games with 50 or fewer rushing yards yet still has gained over 1,100 yards. Jacksonville is ranked 31st in rushing defense, and Johnson could put up some big numbers if he can get off to a good start.
WAGERWEB.COM OPENING ODDS: Titans -4 (41.5) Check our current lines.
JAGUARS NOTES: QB CHAD HENNE passed for 349 yards in only start at Ten. (w/ Dolphins on 12/20/09). Had 2 TDs vs. 1 INT & 108 passer rating in last game vs. Titans. Registered 9th career game with 300+ passing yards last week (348) … Since entering NFL in ’06, RB MAURICE JONES-DREW has 76 total TDs (63 rush, 11 rec., 2 ret.), 2nd-most among active players. In past 5 vs. Ten, Jones-Drew is averaging 124 rush yards per game with 4 rush TDs. RB MONTELL OWENS totaled 119 scrimmage yards last week (42 rush, career-high 77 rec.). Rookie WR JUSTIN BLACKMON leads NFL rookies with 786 receiving yards. Blackmon ranks 2nd among rookies in receptions (58). Had TD reception in last game against Titans … TE MARCEDES LEWIS (45) needs 5 receptions to reach 50 catches in season for 2nd time in career (58 in ’10) … LB PAUL POSLUSZNY has team-high 129 tackles … DE JASON BABIN registered 12.5 sacks with Titans in ’10. Since ’10, Babin is tied for 3rd in NFL with 37.5 sacks … CB RASHEAN MATHIS has 6 career INTs vs. Titans. CB DEREK COX has 4 INTs in ’12, tied for career-best.
TITANS NOTES: Have won 3 of past 4 at home against Jaguars … QB JAKE LOCKER has 300+ passing yards (378, 309) in 2 of past 3 at home … RB CHRIS JOHNSON (1,187) needs 13 rush yards to reach 1,200 for 4th time in career. For career, Johnson averages 88 rush yards per game vs. Jax. Has 24 career 125+ yard rushing games, 2nd-most in player’s 1st 5 seasons in NFL history (ERIC DICKERSON, 27). Has 6 career rush TDs of 80+ yards, most in NFL history … WR KENNY BRITT has 4 TD receptions in past 3 against Jaguars. Has career-best 43 receptions in ’12. WR KENDALL WRIGHT leads NFL rookies with 62 receptions. Has 2nd-most catches by rookie in Titans history (BILL GROMAN, 72 in ’60) … Defense had season-best 7 sacks in last game vs. Jax. … LB AKEEM AYERS leads team with 95 tackles. Rookie DT MIKE MARTIN posted 3rd sack of season last week … Rookie LB ZACH BROWN had 10 tackles & 1.5 sack in last game against Jaguars … CB JASON MCCOURTY has career-best 4 INTs in ’12.
WAGERWEB.COM TRENDS: Jaguars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. Under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Tennessee. Under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings.