For the Titans, they’re looking to avoid a losing streak after following up their season-opening whooping of the Cleveland Browns with a disappointing two-point loss to the Indianapolis Colts. And really, they’re looking to breakthrough into double-digit wins under second-year Head Coach Mike Vrabel in a decision point year for QB Marcus Mariota. The Titans have won nine games four times since Jeff Fisher’s last season in Nashville in 2010, but they haven’t won more than nine and that has left them straddling the fence making the playoffs just once in those four nine-win seasons. Perhaps frustratingly, the last three years have made up three of those four nine-win seasons. The Titans have been almost there every year of the last three year. Sisyphean. They need Mariota to take him over the hump in this final year of his rookie contract. Should he fail to, they might move on from the second overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft especially after a 2018 season in which the defense was stellar while the offense was one of the lesser units in the NFL. Offensive Coordinator Arthur Smith has worked his way up the staff to replace Matt LaFleur, the Titans’ OC in 2018 and the Los Angeles Rams’ OC from 2017 who’s now the HC in Green Bay.
The Jags, meanwhile, are the Jags. CB Jalen Ramsey, who is active tonight, wants out via trade. QB Nick Foles is out via injury. QB Gardner Minshew, a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is absolutely in. For now. The fans out of DUVAAAAAAAAAAAAL are great, but they’ve struggled to take advantage of the breakthrough in 2017 when they won 10 games. Last year, they collapsed to a five-win season, and the early drama this year threatens to make 2017 an anomaly.
Date: September 19, 2019
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina