Week Three Starts with the Jacksonville Jaguars hosting the Tennessee Titans, exclusively live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event.
Here is what to expect…
Who would be the Tennessee Titans (1-1)? Can you figure these out? After obliterating the Browns – together with Marcus Mariota casting for three touchdown passes and 248 yards – they flopped in the home to the Colts in Week Two.
It is, finally, typical for a staff which has gone 9-7 in three successive seasons to be erratic this manner. They have been able to top the Jaguars in four straight meetings.
The Jags (0-2) have had a tragic beginning. They believed they had finally obtained a franchise quarterback to fix their woes at the place in prior Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. He also suffered a broken collarbone and was placed on injured reserve.
In his stead, sixth-round select Gardner Minshew has played exceptionally well (45-58, 488 yards, three touchdowns and one pick) but has not managed to get the team over the line to get a win.
The Jags fell to Kansas City but had the game in their hands against the Texans last week. But a failed two-point conversion following Minshew TD to DJ Chark meant a loss that was 13-12.
Marcus Mariota is as bemusing as a whole as the Titans. He is one of four quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson and Case Keenum) to start both games and don’t have any giveaways this year and is on pace for career highs in passer rating, yards a week and TD:INT ratio. Last week he had just 154 yards and could not come through when it mattered most.
Last time both of these teams met, Derrick Henry conducted to get four touchdowns, which included an NFL TD run and a franchise-record 238 yards. Over the previous six weeks dating back to this match, he also leads the NFL in rushing yards (750) and touchdowns (nine).
The Titans also have ball-hawks on the defensive back. Logan Ryan includes a pick in each of the first 2 matches, although Kevin Byard gets the most interceptions (13) from the league because 2017.
Can Gardner Minshew last his career start? The charismatic 23-year-old had the highest-ever completion percentage (88) in a debut in NFL history in Week One, also directed a fantastic comeback drive last week.
The top weapon on the outside of the team so far has been second-year receiver DJ Chark, who has 11 catches, 201 yards and two touchdowns already last season. He is a top heavy threat.
Outspoken cornerback Jalen Ramsey was in the spotlight this week following locking horns with head coach Doug Marrone during the week’s loss and subsequently requesting a transaction. The group is said to have”no plans” to let them go, so will he suit up? Can he show outside or rebel so as to escape? Throughout the night, cameras will be educated on him.
The long run of Marrone might be defined by this match as head coach of the Jaguars. With their season at stake, can the players come out flying and endeavor to save their coach? Or do they lack inspiration following last week’s near-miss? Performance and their commitment for a team is key.
If the Titans can take an early lead, start looking for these to pound the ball and also make it five straight.